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Summary

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.

This audiobook also includes a fantastic exclusive interview between Grace Dent and Jay Rayner, where they discuss memories, family and, of course, food!

©2020 Grace Dent (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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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Emotional....nostalgic......fabulous

This is the first audio book I’ve listened to since the Famous Five in 1989. I’m so happy I chose to listen to Grace tell her beautiful story, I’ve spent the last two days, laughing and crying not wanting it to end. I intended on buying a hard copy but listening to her dry sense of humour just added the cherry on the cake. So many things relatable, it feels like a very honest story x

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Loved every second!

I laughed. I cried. But most of all it took me back to my childhood and adolescence. I think Grace must have been a fly on the wall in our house.

It really was one of those books I didn’t want to end

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Brilliant

Absolutely loved this book - so honest and descriptive- a true ‘breath of fresh air ‘!
Thank you Grace

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Wonderful

I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I listened to Hungry slightly speeded up on Audible as couldn’t put it down, love the nostalgia, memories of magazine days, london living & blagging it . Amazing, well written with laugh out loud and incredibly poignant moments. Not just about food!

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Brilliant

Grace's story struck so many chords with me. I loved listening to her describe a very similar childhood to my own and admired the way she was determined to live a different life, yet not dismissing where she came from. Now when I see her walk on to a set with shoulders back and chin up, I will know what she's thinking. Good for you Grace, you make me smile and feel proud to be a woman.

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Like reading my own childhood

This is a fantastic read, I felt quite emotional at the end that it was finishing, I’m sure I will re read it at some point.

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My favourite audiobook this year

Wonderful book. Beautifully written and read. Brings back so many food memories including my first visits to my future in laws in Carlisle in 1976 - the bargain biscuits and cakes and the wonder of the big Asda. I was also introduced to the joy of gravy made from an oxtail soup cube. But this book was about far more than food and the complexities of love and family relationships were incredibly deftly handled. The Jay Rayner conversation was good too.

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Brilliant

Warm and fuzzy and acerbic and heartfelt with butterscotch angel delight what’s not to like?

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A heartfelt book

This hit home with me on varying levels. I was born in ‘71 therefore a lot of references about the decades brought back so many memories and heart felt moments. Loved this book, thank you Grace.

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Wonderful!

What a wonderful book, full of warmth, nostalgia and heartache. I didn't want it to end. I've always enjoyed Grace on Masterchef, I loved the twinkle in her eye and I was delighted to find out more about her. She truly lived a different life and I admire her for this as it takes courage not to follow the crowd. I am so glad Grace narrated this herself, she was a joy to listen to, I loved how she spoke about her father. I also thoroughly enjoyed Grace's interview at the end with Jay Raynor. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

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