My Autobiography Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay
My Autobiography Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay. Pub. HarperCollins, 2007.
I was never a fan of this famous chef and even less a fan of cooking shows, until I read this book. Ramsay tells it like it is in his rambunctious way explaining all his actions and attitudes, not because he had too but because it happened.
He loved his mother but his father could be called a selfish cruel bastard who caused grief for every member of his family especially Ramsay’s two sisters and younger brother Ronnie. They all suffered worse than he did because Ramsay would not be conquered by it. Sure he wanted his father’s love but his father was unable to give it.
Ramsay at an early age decided he was going to work hard and in cooking he found something to love, cherish and do well. And hasn’t he done this well?
His tough upbringing greatly affected his attitudes to cooking and the heated environment of the kitchen. He had no time for anyone who was slack and didn’t have the respect for good food that he did.
Cooking wasn’t his first love. Football was and we read of his career with Glasgow Rangers. He was a Scottish boy who lived in England and developed an English accent. In Scotland that was a recipe for getting done.
We have chapters on his family life, his early training as a chef under arch enemy Marco Pierre White, his TV career and his rise to the top in matters culinary and his Michelin Stars.
A rollicking read spoken in provocative language and always interesting. I loved the man.