Prue Leith wasn’t always known for her fiction. She started as a cook in 1960, became a party caterer, opened Leith’s restaurant in Notting Hill, (which won a Michelin star) and founded Leith’s School of Food and Wine and the Prue Leith Chefs Academy in South Africa. She sat on the boards of many major UK companies such as Whitbread and the Halifax, and won Businesswoman of the Year.
Throughout her catering career she was also a writer. She was successively a columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, The Guardian and the Daily Mirror and wrote twelve cookbooks. When she turned 50 she decided to sell the businesses and stop writing cookbooks and so that she could realise her long-term ambition to write fiction. Since then she has written about the ups and downs of love, family and business. Her Food of Love Trilogy, is a saga covering three generations of an English/Italian family in the food world: farming, restaurants, catering, food writing and telly. It’s currently in development as a major romantic TV series.
Having at last delivered The Lost Son, the third and last book of the Trilogy, due out next Spring, she has at last returned to food writing. With PRUE, a book of her favourite recipes, out this September. She is also planning a romantic novella, or long short story.
Prue has also written her memoirs – Relish: My Life on a Plate. She is published by Quercus and Bluebird.