Gordon ramsay humble pie review
Humble Pie by Gordon RamsayWhen we read biographies, we all want honesty. Humble Pie delivers this - Ramsay doesnt hold back on personal issues and struggles with members of his family, rivals in the industry, or other personal grievances. He admits when he did jerk moments in his youth and when he did the wrong thing. He admits not noticing a friends drug habit before it was too late, and he admits wanting to build boundaries toward his brother because of the continuous and draining heroin addiction.
The writing style is straight forward, like a conversation youd have about a topic, expletives included. Its divided into sections, starting with his childhood and volatile relationship toward his father. He goes in chronological order, which makes sense in every autobiography but that isnt always followed when celebrities pen their memoirs.
His childhood was fascinating stuff and explained much. His animosity toward his father still seems strong, which is warranted, and it seems much wasnt resolved before the mans death years ago. This wasnt on the fault of Ramsay, however, as it just seems to be the way things go. The chapter with his brother Ronnie and the heroin addiction was painful. He mentions that he has been ostracized in the public regarding his brother, including his brother accepting money from tabloids to sell him out in order to ensure another fix. He brings up things his brother did to him in response to aid. I sympathize. Its hard living with an addict relative, and sometimes we do not have to put up walls to stop the vampiric draining that feeds an endless cycle of self-absorption and self-sabotage. He even includes a tidbit about the woman who is claiming to be his half-sister he had never heard of, and how he disapproved of the way she approached it with media.
He has a section called War which speaks of his battles with starting his restaurants and all the cut-throat competition and double-crossing which went on. He speaks of his beginning growths and experiences through various cities and avenues, including an interesting section spent on a private yaught that ended in tragedy/death for a particular co-worker. The section titled War lives up to his name. Its almost like a mini-mafia with some of the double crossing, people choosing sides, blacklisting names, lawsuits. Good grief, such pressure!
Some of the situations in the training in the kitchen he encountered when he was young sounded traumatic in written form - I couldnt imagine putting up with it myself. You really must be motivated and to live for cooking to put up for that sort of abuse. Not to sound callous, but I wonder if the abuse he suffered through with his father numbed him a bit to that kind of attitude and physical manhandling in the kitchen. Not to where its acceptable, but to where he could survive it and not give up where others would have?
He speaks of his family often, including meeting his wife and admitting jealousy of his mate who had her first. I had no idea they had their children through IVF treatment and that chefs suffered from low sperm count because of the heat in the kitchen after so many years. He brings up being criticized for never changing diapers or being at the birth of any of his children - again, brutal honesty and the direct approach to criticism.
I cant connect with Ramsay when it comes to his total dedication and almost obsessive ambition, since thats not a personality trait I carry. What I can do is connect with him over his points of life, friends, family, and situations. I found the behind-the-scenes industry experiences informative, and the build-up from a horrible childhood to a productive adulthood inspiring. He shows there are still struggles and failures, and that this is life and not a fairy tale.
Since these sections are told with frank honesty, even painting himself in a negative light in a few places as long as hes being forthcoming, its intriguing stuff. The writing style is spot-on and easily digestible. Humble Pie speaks of his shows at the end of the book, but this is emphasizing his life stories and his growth into the chef he has now become.
Highly recommended for fans of autobiographies or Ramsay.
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Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay. Twenty-six years ago the women's-page editor of this newspaper revolutionised writing about food by hiring someone to write a column about eating, not cooking. The column startled both readers and Fleet Street because it had no recipes; and, more startling, the writer was a man: me.
Everyone thinks they know the real Gordon Ramsay: rude, loud, pathologically driven, stubborn as hell. But this is his bestselling real story Humble Pie tells 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:. He's the genuine bollocks, as he's so fond of saying, and this is the tale of his personal class struggle. It's so refreshing and energising - and oddly the fact that every fifth word begins with 'F' adds to its charm, its passion and its delight The book is an inspiration.
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I actually read the two Gordon Ramsay books before Sniper One but Sniper One being such a good book became a priority to write about. I think it was the big red cover that caught my eye at first. I went and read half of the book before buying Humble Pie on the flight to London I took in December. By the time I arrived back home I had read half of Humble Pie as well so I carried on and finished it. Humble Pie gives a massive insight in to who Gordon Ramsay is as a person, most people recognise him from the TV shows, some people dislike him because of the same shows as well. I think that to find out more about a celebrity that is worth their salt as a person you have to read their autobiography. Gordon Ramsey goes in to particular detail about his rocky relationship with his father, the strained relationship with his brother and his love for his mum.
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I didn't get around to getting a review copy of Humble Pie when it was first published in hardback but still wanting to read it I have just bought the paperback. I had decided it was too late to write a review so I had bought the book purely for my own interest. Just before I started reading Humble Pie I had been reading a crime thriller a top seller about which the Daily Express wrote "Grips from the first page until the final deeply satisfying sentence". I couldn't put it down! Which is why you now find me writing a review. It is a book well worth reading if you have any interest in those who cook for a living or the culture of the celebrity chef.