Under a Mackerel Sky

by Rick Stein

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Rick Stein didn’t follow the usual route to becoming a top Chef, but with a defunct nightclub on his hands he reopened it as a restaurant, his first foothold in Padstow.  Good fortune followed when he was spotted in a Keith Floyd TV programme where he had a slot as guest chef – the rest, they say, is history.  Many successful series later, many Padstow properties later he is now able to tell his story from a childhood overshadowed by his Father’s bipolar disorder, the education failures and the flight to Australia through to the success he has worked so hard for.


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Under a Mackerel Sky Synopsis

'All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.' Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredicatible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness. When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life. Eventually, Cornwall called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fuelled fights, Rick charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty. It is shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013.

The Good Book Guide Review

A television chef and author, the manager of four acclaimed restaurants, a seafood cookery school, a delicatessen and a patisserie, Rick Stein looks back to his 1950s childhood with his characteristic openness and enthusiasm and gives an insight into what made him who he is. Growing up in a loving family with four siblings, and parents who liked organising parties, his happy childhood was overshadowed at eighteen by his father’s tragic suicide. On leaving school, Stein tried a variety of jobs including running a club, which was closed down because of frequent fights. However, a clerical error ensured that it still had a licence to serve food, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Under a Mackerel Sky Press Reviews

Although it focuses primarily on Stein's earlier years, the memoir also suggests an older man's ongoing wonder about the world in which he lives, the dish he is tasting, the village cafes he visits, the fish he has caught. It's pure Stein, and pure magic. -- The Weekly Review

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ISBN: 9780091949914
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780091949907
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091949914
Publication date: 28th August 2014
Author: Rick Stein
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Cookery, Food and Drink, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: general, TV / celebrity chef cookbooks,

About Rick Stein

Rick Stein OBE is one of Britain’s favourite cookery writers and chefs. In 2004 he was named the BBC Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Radio Food and Farming Awards for his Food Heroes television series. His other tv programmes include Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea and Seafood Lovers’ Guide – which won the Television Programme Award at the Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year, and Taste of the Sea, which won both the 1995 André Simon Memorial Fund Food Book Award and the 1996 Good Food Award for Cookery Book of ...

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