Here are some wonderfully funny stories from behind the scenes of the catering world; among them the night Leith's nearly caught fire when a dumpy little woman (Princess Margaret, as it happened) ordered roast pheasant, and why Warren Beatty and Julie Christie really wanted to sit under the spotlight. For the very first time, Prue can be heard reading extracts from her autobiography.

Prue Leith has led an extraordinarily rich and varied life. Born in South Africa, she left for France as a young woman, worked as an au pair and studied at the Sorbonne. But it was in London that she enrolled at the Cordon Bleu and became a caterer. She opened Leith's restaurant in the swinging sixties and it quickly established itself as the place to be seen. Her clientele included all of the movers and shakers of the day. Six years later came the cookery school which still bears her name. Successful business woman, newspaper columnist, government advisor, novelist, she also sustained a happy marriage and raised two children. Relish: My Life on a Plate her autobiography is searingly honest, tender and very funny. Prue Leith has chosen five extracts to read.

Recorded by David Watson at The Monostery

Extracts from Relish: My Life on a Plate by Prue Leith published by Quercus

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