Review: Hungry by Grace Dent

Title: Hungry

Author: Grace Dent

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

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.

The Review:

People will know Grace Dent as the no-nonsense northern food critic often seen on Masterchef or panel shows. If, like me, you are a fan of Grace Dent, you may have read her previous work about trying to leave Twitter – I love you, Dent, but it didn’t stop me using it. If you are a fan you may have recently picked up her autobiography – Hungry and if you are not a fan then you should, most definitely pick up a copy of Hungry.

Grace Dent has lived a very normal yet inspiring life. You could call it a rags to reasonable income story (I think even Dent would stop at saying riches) but it hasn’t fallen into her lap. Yes she has had some lucky breaks but all of her chances seem to have been born of hard work. She has put in the graft. As a fellow northerner you see an unwavering sense of “you get what you work for” mentality. An innate life ethos that comes from being working class and it is a mentality to take pride in.

The title Hungry is very fitting. Every time Dent mentioned a food staple from her childhood my mouth filled with saliva and reading the book left me with a hankering for Findus Crispy Pancakes – I’ve not been able to find them, I’ve had to settle for Bird’s Eye.

Overall, Dent uses food to show how the staple of our everyday lives combined with the love of our family creates a sense of comfort and how evocative food can be at drawing out memories.

A wonderful autobiography.

Hungry by Grace Dent is available now.

For more information regarding Grace Dent (@gracedent) please visit her Twitter page.

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