Recipe for Life

  • by Mary Berry
  • Narrated by Patricia Hodge
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Mary Berry's autobiography, Recipe for Life, read by the actress Patricia Hodge. From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life. "In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble..." From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.
Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary's childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was 13, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months. Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion - cookery. And so began a love affair that has - so far - spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the '60s and '70s, gradually becoming the country's most prolific and - many would say - best-loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off.
As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy, and many joys along the way. In this touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, we accompany Mary on her journey of nearly 80 years; a life lived to the full, with a wicked sense of fun and an eye for the absurd, it is the life of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman. Fans of The Great British Bake Off can't wait to get their hands on Mary Berry's Recipe for Life.
Born in 1935, Mary has been teaching Britain how to cook for over half a century. Her far-reaching culinary career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author, and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.

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Not surprisingly I really enjoyed this!

What made the experience of listening to Recipe for Life the most enjoyable?

Who doesn't like Mary Berry?! I love her in TGBBO and I enjoyed the two-part TV program on her life. This book is just as enjoyable, but in more depth. I'm always fascinated to see how people/celebrities got to where they are and revel hearing about coincidences and chances which lead to such unexpected results! You just leave this liking her even more.


What did you like best about this story?

I thought the recipes at the end of each chapter was a bit odd in an audiobook, but in fact I ended up looking forward to them and HEARING how simple some of the methods are reminds me that I really should have a go!


What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Originally I did a double take when I saw that Patricia Hodge was reading this as I thought that it was Mary herself! This is the first book I have heard read by PH and she has a very easy manner and very listenable.


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- R. Card

beautifully read autobiography of the cooking guru

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to all the fans of Mary Berry who would like to learn a little bit more about her life.


What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Patricia Hodge does a wonderful job in making this audiobook truly engrossing. I don't think I would enjoy this autobiography as much if I was reading it. I became a fan of Mary Berry, like so many others, through the GBBO and although some parts of Mary Berry's story were already known to me through TV programs and interviews, listening to Patricia Hodge reading it was a pleasure.


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- M.B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited