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Who doesn’t remember the first books they read all by themselves? Mine were Orlando the Marmalade Cat and Ferdinand the Bull. I was still stuck on animals (Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka) until as a teenager I began to long for love stories. But it wasn’t until I got hooked on the great Victorian novels of Anthony Trollope that I began to think of writing novels myself. I loved the accuracy with which Trollope read women’s emotions, the detail of the domestic scenes, the relevance of his stores to the politics of today.

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So I sold my catering group and started writing novels. I’ve written eight to date, and nearly all of them have cooks, chefs and restaurateurs as main characters. It seems I can’t stay away from food. My last three, The Food of Love, The Prodigal Daughter and The Lost Son form a trilogy about two families living in the Cotswolds.

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The Vegetarian Kitchen

The Vegetarian Kitchen was written by Prue and her niece Peta Leith. With over 100 delicious, heartwarming vegetarian recipes with vegan alternatives. Recipes include Slow-Roasted Tomato and Goat's Cheese Galette, Black Bean Chilli with Lime Salsa, Blackberry and Lemon Pavlova and Stone Fruit Streusel Cake. We all need easy comfort foods – whether on busy weeknights or drawn-out Sunday lunches.

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New: Prue
Cookbook

Prue Leith draws on a life-long passion for food with a hundred recipes from her own kitchen table. Whether it’s Halibut with Green Linguine, Fast Roast Teriyaki Lamb or Slow-cooked Rat-a-tat-touille, these are delicious, fuss-free dishes that Prue has cooked countless times for family and friends.

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Leith's Cookery Bible

The Leith's Cookery Bible is a classic. Written by Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave as the most authoritative and comprehensive cookbook there is for seasoned cooks and beginners, chefs and caterers from the celebrated Leiths School of Food and Wine.

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Relish: My Life
on a Plate

The eye-opening story of one woman's incredible appetite for life: the memoirs of Prue Leith, including Prue falling in love and marrying again in her 70s. ’What a terrific tale it is - of a South African girl who could stand the heat and made the kitchen…

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The House of Chorlton (Prev Food of Love)

Formerly entitled The Food of Love, The House at Chorlton tells the story of the lives and loves of three generations of the Oliver and Angelotti families, most of whom are cooks, restaurateurs and farmers. Laura's story begins with her falling in love with Italian ex-prisoner of war Giovanni...

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The Prodigal Daughter

It is 1968. Angelica Angelotti has grown up in the Italian food business started by her English mother and Italian father. Now she is using her cooking talent to strike out on her own, moving to Paris to go to culinary school. There, among the excitement and wild…

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The Lost Son

The Angelotti family reels when the lost son, given up for adoption in the war, traces his birth family and returns to the fold, with devastating consequences. As poverty-stricken newlyweds, Laura and Giovanni Angelotti were forced to put their first child - a boy - up for adoption. They have had other children since, and their first little Italian cafe has become a restaurant empire, but Laura is still haunted by thoughts of the baby she lost. Tom is a successful businessman enjoying the fast-paced City lifestyle - until his best friend and business partner is killed in the 9/11 attacks and his world turns upside down. Searching for meaning in his life, he decides to track down his birth family: the Angelottis. But Laura has been keeping an explosive secret about Tom's parentage that means his reappearance in her life is bittersweet. She may have found her son, but will it be at the cost of everything it has taken her fifty years to build?

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A Serving of Scandal

He's married and a father and totally out of bounds, yet she falls for him. She thinks she hides it well, but there are people who would like to see her fail and to them, her feelings are all too transparent...

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Choral Society

Three single women in their fifties meet when they join a choir. Lucy, recently widowed, is a cook and food journalist; Joanna, a successful business woman, never married; Rebecca is a divorced interior decorator. Each of the women is at a crossroads…

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Leaving Patrick

A husband and wife who increasingly live in difference worlds. Patrick doesn't hit her. He's not unfaithful. But is this it? For ever? Is fond comfort all that's left? Jane is terrified that it is. So at 36 she walks out on her marriage and embarks on a passionate affair…

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Sisters

Ever since they were children, Poppy has always looked out for beautiful unreliable Carrie. Poppy knows her sister has a destructive side, but she never dreams Carrie would try to harm her...

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The Gardener

Lotte is in unfamiliar territory. After a painful divorce and a great deal of soul-searching she has uprooted her three children to take a job as head gardener to millionaire Brody Keegan. Brody is as ignorant about gardens as Lotte is knowledgeable so it's only a matter of…

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