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- Narrated by: Grace Dent
- Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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WINNER OF THE FORTNUM & MASON DEBUT FOOD BOOK AWARD 2021
WINNER OF 2021 LAKELAND BOOK OF THE YEAR
From Frazzles to Foie Gras: a memoir of wanting more.
From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.
Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story—from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-Maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed and eaten over the past 40 years.
Warm, funny and joyous, Hungry is also about love and loss, the central role that food plays in all our lives, and how a Cadbury’s Fruit ‘n’ Nut in a hospital vending machine can brighten the toughest situation.
What the critics say
"Extraordinary. Vivid, irreverent, heartbreaking." (Nigel Slater)
"So funny and so delicious. I could eat it." (Dawn O’Porter)
"Charming, readable and resonating...this is British comfort food in book form." (Stylist)
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- caroline belanger
Poignant rise of a working class for critique
Loved that it was narrated by Grace herself. A great example of the multitude of layers people have. Now know why Grace walks with panache in the Master Chefs opening scene.
- Andrew Delahunty
Beautifully written story of growing up in Carlisle in a working class environment and then the highly motivated Grace getting to grips with London life. Also, a great story of the love she and her brother had for their parents. A real joy!