UK-based author and restaurateur, Prue Leith, will be touring South Africa in August and September to promote her brand new book, Relish: My Life on a Plate. Born in South Africa in 1940, Leith was recognised as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1989 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 for her services to the catering industry.
In addition to events in Cape Town and Durban, Leith will be a guest of the Magwood & Twigg Book Salon on 4 September, where she’ll discuss Relish: My Life on a Plate with Michelle Magwood over dinner.
- Date: Tuesday, 04 September 2012
- Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
- Venue: Glenshiel,
19 Woolston Rd,
Westcliff | Map
- Cost: R120 (includes dinner and wine)
- Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fantastic memoir of a phenomenal woman whose refreshing charm, humour, energy, and zest for life remind us of what is possible
Prue Leith describes herself as greedy in all senses of the word. Cook, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, journalist, novelist, businesswoman, teacher, television presenter, charity worker, lover, wife and mother, she has certainly been greedy for life. Born in South Africa, the daughter of a well-known actress, Prue came to London in the early 1960s, set up a successful catering company, and later opened Leith’s Restaurant, a food lovers’ oasis in London’s then gastronomic desert. By the mid-seventies she was a regular food columnist on the Daily Mail, had published several cookbooks and opened Leith’s School of Food and Wine.
But it wasn’t all work. For 13 years she had a secret affair with the married man who was to be her husband for another 25 years. She writes movingly of the anguish for both families; of her longing for children; the birth of her son, Daniel, and the adoption of her daughter, Li-Da.
Whether she is running her own businesses or sitting on the boards of public companies; founding charities or leading institutions, her down-to-earth attitude to triumph and disaster is an inspiration. She is forthright about her love life; her mother’s senility; her husband’s smoking himself to death; the theft of her savings, and falling in love at 66 with a manic-depressive. Above all, Relish reflects her incredible zest for life.