Under a Mackerel Sky: A Memoir

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The wry, perceptive, and strikingly evocative memoir of a much-respected chef

Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredictable mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness. When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labor in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life. Eventually, England called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fueled fights, Rick charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty.

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Rick Stein is a chef, restaurateur, television host, and author. His other titles include Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein's Spain, and Rick Stein's Seafood, which won the coveted James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year Award.

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"[An] engaging memoir."  —The Telegraph

"Although it focuses primarily on Stein's earlier years, the memoir also suggests an older man's ongoing wonder about the world in which he lives, the dish he is tasting, the village cafes he visits, the fish he has caught. It's pure Stein, and pure magic."  —The Weekly Review

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