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  • Published: 1 December 2009
  • ISBN: 9780552157315
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

A Taste of My Life

The culinary autobiography of Britain's best loved chef

Raymond Blanc knows more about food than pretty much anyone else. His cooking has been described as 'an extraordinary process of creativity, passion, subtlety, indeed genius'. His life and career to date have been utterly dedicated to the search for culinary perfection.

Raymond is entirely self-taught and over the years has been developing and refining his philosophy of food and eating. Such is his reputation that his restaurant, Le Manoir, was awarded two Michelin stars even before it opened in 1984, and it remains one of our premier destination restaurants. He has taught many of Britain's most successful chefs, including Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal.

Now, for the first time Raymond is going to share the fruits of all that hard work and experimentation, and reveal the secrets of his gastronomy. Woven around stories from his years at the sharp end of the food business are his thoughts about where food is going and a passionate appeal for sustainable cuisine. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in food and cooking, this is the definitive book by a culinary genius.

  • Published: 1 December 2009
  • ISBN: 9780552157315
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Raymond Blanc

Entirely self-taught while growing up in the Franche Comte region of eastern France, Raymond Blanc has been a restauranteur since 1977, and has nurtured the talents of scores of the world's finest chefs in his kitchens. The face of the BBC's The Restaurant, in which he puts nine couples through their paces for a chance to become his partner in owning a restaurant, Raymond was recently awarded an OBE in recognition of his efforts to promote culinary excellence. Author of the seminal Foolproof French Cookery and owner of a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, he was also recently awarded a Lifetime Acheivement Award at The Catey Awards - the catering industry's 'Oscars'.

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Praise for A Taste of My Life

Only a few great chefs are produced every century. Raymond Blanc is one of those great chefs

Marco Pierre White

A rattling good story

BBC Good Food Magazine

A delicious offering from Britain's nicest chef

Alex Renton, The Times

Very well-seasoned...Absolutely mouth-watering

Libby Purves, Radio 4

Raymond Blanc is a compulsive lover of what is really best

Antonio Carluccio

We hail his astonishing determination, and his evocation of his life at home with Mum and Dad, and revel too in his descriptions of English catering in the years before Blanc


His story takes us from simple, rustic cuisine to the rarefied realms of molecular gastronomy

Foodies Magazine

Raymond's Anglo French passion for food and restaurants along with his friendly, knowledgeable charm makes him an important symbol of the intelligent chef

Sir Terence Conran

Much more than a cookbook, more of a bedtime read, his book deserves a place on any food-lover's bookshelf

Leicester Mercury

Raymond Blanc has remained an inspirational mentor to me and my career since working with him at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons. His passion for the Industry has not wilted in any of that time and indeed still inspires the new generation of chefs

Michael Caines

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