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Humble Pie

Written by: Gordon Ramsay
Narrated by: Gordon Ramsay
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks they know the real Gordon Ramsay: rude, loud, pathologically driven, stubborn as hell. But this is his real story…

This is Gordon Ramsay’s autobiography – the first time he has told the full story of how he became the world’s most famous and infamous chef: his difficult childhood, his brother’s heroin addiction and his failed first career as a footballer: all of these things have made him the celebrated culinary talent and media powerhouse that he is today. Gordon talks frankly about:

  • his tough childhood: his father’s alcoholism and violence and the effects on his relationships with his mother and siblings
  • his first career as a footballer: how the whole family moved to Scotland when he was signed by Glasgow Rangers at the age of fifteen, and how he coped when his career was over due to injury just three years later
  • his brother’s heroin addiction.
  • Gordon’s early career: learning his trade in Paris and London; how his career developed from there: his time in Paris under Albert Roux and his seven Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • kitchen life: Gordon spills the beans about life behind the kitchen door, and how a restaurant kitchen is run in Anthony Bourdain-style.
  • and how he copes with the impact of fame on himself and his family: his television career, the rapacious tabloids, and his own drive for success.
©2006 Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, London, UK

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Loved this!

The book keeps your interest as Gordon Ramsay gives you an honest insight to his life. For such a famous man he truly tells his story in a way that lives up the the title Humble Pie. Great Book

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Explains Gordans temper

Man this guy has had a crazy life with so much trauma and abuse. If you’ve seen him yell at people on his show though I think that’s more from the angry French kitchen training than the childhood ptsd. Worth reading he’s a solid writer now I want to eat at one of his restaurants

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Loved it!

Loved it! I just wish it was longer and gave more aspects of his life.

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Great inside look to who he is

Loved hearing where he came from! Everything from his struggles to his triumphs. A true representation of who Gordon truly is

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I love this story of inspiration to push through

I absolutely loved this. He is a real man who struggled through life to get where he is today. I highly recommend this!

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The book wasn’t long enough.

First of all I just love Gordon. Watching his many different shows. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wished that the story was longer.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed it, I found this to be a very inspirational title as someone in the food industry.

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  • 2019-08-19

More about him than the kitchen

not in a bad way still really enjoyed it. enjoyed the narration, read by him adds a lot

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Loved it good food is important!

I enjoyed it, especially since I've been a fan of Gordon Ramsay since I was a kid. great inspiration.

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  • Tiffini
  • 2010-04-16

Do wish it was unabridged though. . .

I am a massive Ramsay fan. He has such a passion, intensity and energy for his work it is incredibly inspiring. His story was so genuine and heartfelt and I absolutely loved it.
Also, not always the case when an author narrates their own story - I found his narration to be superb.

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  • Charlotte
  • 2012-03-16

Gordon Ramsay Revealed

What did you love best about Humble Pie?

Gordon Ramsay is so much more than his over-bearing, sometimes caustic personality. Listening to his story gave an understanding of why he is so driven and holds such high expectations. It also shows that he has just as big a heart as his personality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Humble Pie?

He lets us in to so much of his early personal life. His issues with his dad and how that shaped who he became spoke to me.

What does Gordon Ramsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is so kind of a person and that doesn't always come through when you watch his shows. Also, that he is such a strong person who has overcome adversity to come out on top.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was lucky enough to be on a road trip and could listen to it in one sitting. I didn't stop as often as I normally would because I wanted to finish it.

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  • Wes
  • 2013-01-31

Humble Ramsay

A candid look into the early years of Gordon Ramsay. This was a great listen narrated by the author. Fingers are crossed for an Unabridged version.

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  • Akita
  • 2007-04-07

Hell's Kitchen!

If you respect one of the world's top chefs, you will enjoy Gordon's autobiographical account of his rise to stardom. Funny yet touching.

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  • Tegridy Farms
  • 2019-04-24

It's RAW!

The only complaint is that it ended and left me craving more. Incredible man, sincerely.

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  • Jeff Harris
  • 2012-08-07

Interesting Insight but Not a Tell All Biography

Would you consider the audio edition of Humble Pie to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I would immediately answer yes. Gordon has such a unique way of delivering his thoughts that having him narrate his own book is what truly makes it entertaining and worth listening to. As with many, I enjoy when an author narrates their own book and this is no different. It felt like I was being told stories instead of reading a book about someone's life. I would have preferred to hear the unabridged version but it was still enjoyable. Some of his stories went into great detail while others just touched the surface: this was not a tell all autobiography as many would desire but it does give some background into Gordon Ramsay's life that otherwise would have been unknown to me. Being such a big fan of him, I was happy to get to know a little more about the real person he is.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed hearing about Gordon's childhood. In his most formative years he had to deal with issues that are not easy and often lead to people taking a very dark path in life, as was the case with his brother. To hear about how this helped fuel his passion gave a little insight into what makes him tick.

What about Gordon Ramsay’s performance did you like?

Gordon's performance was great and I think made the book enjoyable. Any other narrator would not have done it justice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Restaurant King

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  • Jan
  • 2009-12-02

A little disapointed.

I am a big fan of Hells Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay but this book falls a little short for me. He is 40 plus years old and he can only produce a book 3 hours long? I enjoyed what content there was but felt like he must have left something out... just wanted more and thats the reason for 3 stars.

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  • Jake
  • 2007-10-24

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening about the life of Gordon Ramsay told by Gordon Ramsay. I did not like that it was abridged... I want more detail.

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  • Lucas Samples
  • 2020-10-29

Fantastic

This book is very well written and makes me feel that I have more in common with my girlfriends celebrity crush. Very well done.

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  • Justin
  • 2019-02-21

fantastic

Gordon Ramseys story is very inspiring and shows you what true hard work can get you.

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