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This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

Isn’t the name of this book just enough to make you want to delve in!? I received my copy of this from netgalley and with many thanks, I share my unbiased thoughts.

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.

My Thoughts:
Grace Dent shares with her readers her beginnings in Carlisle where highlights included yellow sticker goods from the new big Asda and pink wafer biscuits.
Throughout Hungry we hear the authors love of food and her cravings for fame and cuisine. I love a good foodie book and this one has so many aspects to devour.
I think I must be a similar age to the author as there were so many parts of this books that I could relate to. If you grew up in Britain in the 80’s here is a reminiscence for you. From Findus crispy pancakes to Neapolitan ice cream, of course most of these memories include food. As Grace grows up her travels take her away from Carlisle and the foodie talk becomes much more distinguished with dishes sounding weird, wonderful and some just downright odd.
Hungry is written as a kind of memoir to the authors start in life until she becomes the much loved food writer that she now is writing for The Guardian amongst other places. The book is written with humour, emotion and mostly with the love of food.
The first half of this book brought back lots of memories for me. The second half showed a slightly different side of the author, which didn’t go amiss by her family.
A really enjoyable book that I recommend to everyone who loves a foodie tale.
It was also lovely to see Grace Dent back on Uk MasterChef recently.


Posted by on June 5, 2021 in Books, Uncategorized


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Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Granita.

Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Granita.

Now that summer is (supposed to be) here, and we have a delicious supply of strawberries around us, I decided to try some new recipes for the wonderful fruits.

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100g Sugar (Caster or granulated)

450g Strawberries hulled and halfed.

Mint leaves to taste. (I used about 20 leaves).


1. Put the sugar and 100ml of water into a saucepan and gently heat, stir until the sugar is dissolved, don’t let it boil.


2. Tip the strawberries into the food processor and blend to a puree. 


3. Pour the strawberries into the sugar water, then add the mint leaves.


4. Heat up the mixture and let it simmer for thicken slightly.

5. Once the mixture is thickened, strain it through a sieve to take out any seeds or leaves.

6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.


7. Pour into a container and freeze for 1 hour, rake the mixture with a fork, then put it back into the freezer.

8. Repeat this for 4 hours, until it becomes slushy.


9. Serve in a glass with a sprig of mint.

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If you make this or have already made this, I’d love to hear from you.

I found this recipe in Good Food Magazine, so thanks go to them for sharing the recipe with me. 

If you have any delicious recipes for strawberries, or particular favourite summer recipes, please let me know in the comments below.



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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Baking


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