As well as being known to millions thanks to the success of her recent BBC2 series, The Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is the author of over 50 hugely popular cookbooks and is a household name amongst every generation. Born in Bath in 1935, Mary knew from a young age that she had a passion for cooking and was largely inspired by her cookery teacher at school. After training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Bath School of Home Economics, Mary became cookery editor of Housewife magazine, followed by Ideal Home magazine.
Her TV career began in the early 70s with Afternoon Plus, which took British mothers by storm. Throughout the 80s she continued to produce books and a BBC series from her home kitchen in Buckinghamshire. As a working mother, Mary also launched a cookery school at her home, Aga Workshop, in the 90s and saw over 12,000 visitors in the 16 years it was open. Since the millennium, Mary has continued to write books, make appearances on TV and radio shows and demonstrate cooking masterclasses. She has received numerous awards of recognition, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Food Writers and in 2012 had the honour of receiving a CBE.
Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches
In her new book, Mary shares some of her most classic recipes as well as her own personal family favourites to create an invaluable all-year-round cookbook. From informal and basic meals to more 'show-stopper' Sunday lunches, this book includes a huge variety of dishes bound to get your taste buds tingling on any weekend throughout the year. With chapters on vegetarian mains, canapés, beef, lamb, chicken, fish and puddings, there are recipes for everybody - at all levels of experience.
Mary is renowned for her simplistic and traditional approach to home cooking, with no-fuss advice to help provide you with a guide to entertaining a crowd, planning meals and discovering delicious new dishes.
Mary Berry Speaks Exclusively About Her Memoir.
Mary Berry spoke exclusively to WHSmith to give us an introduction to her memoir, aptly named Recipe for Life. The book takes us back to the early days before the war, then onto her school life - which she didn't much enjoy apart from one particular lesson: Home Economics. Delving into her college days and her stint at Cordon Bleu, right up until the present day, Mary says she has written the book as a record for her children and grandchildren. "I'm really quite ancient now", Mary told us, so she thought it was about time she made a memoir. Mary also revealed that jackets are her guilty pleasure and how picnics are her most vivid childhood memory. Could that be because of the delicious food involved?