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Prudence Margaret Leith, CBE, fondly known as Prue Leith, is a British-South African businesswoman, journalist, restaurateur, chef, caterer and author of literary fiction and non-fiction novels.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she is the founder of the celebrated Leith's School of Food and Wine.

The Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Prue is also a judge on The Great British Menu and the country’s most beloved TV show, The Great British Bake Off.

Throughout her remarkable career, Prue has been at the helm of the British food industry for close to six decades.

She currently lives in the UK.

More about Prue Leith

Genres: Literary Fiction, Non-fiction

Born: 1940

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Leaving Patrick (1999)
  • Sisters (2001)
  • The Gardener (2007)
  • The Choral Society (2009)
  • A Serving of Scandal (2010)


  1. Leiths Cookery Bible (1991)
  2. Relish: My Life on a Plate (2012)
  3. Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes (2018)
  4. The Vegetarian Kitchen: Essential Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (2020)

The Angelotti Chronicles

  1. The Food of Love (2015)
  2. The Prodigal Daughter (2016)
  3. The Lost Son (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Leaving Patrick

When Jane, a high-flying city lawyer, feels that her marriage is no longer what it used to be, she decides to leave her husband, Patrick.

To her, life is a lot more than just security and the impending middle age.

Deciding to act immediately, she journeys to India on holiday when a tour guide named Rajiv steals her heart—marking the start of an intense affair.

All the while, Patrick—who is back in London desperate to save his struggling restaurant—falls for deceitful journalist, Stella.

When a series of events take place, will it be too late when Jane realizes that she has walked away from true love?

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0140281514
Publisher: Penguin

Raised in the South African wilds, Poppy learnt from very early on that she would always have to be vigilant of her stunning but undependable younger sister, Carrie.

Years later in London, Poppy is living the dream life.

She not only has a thriving career as a stage actress, but also has an attractive husband with whom they have three children.

Meanwhile Carrie, a seductive and determined caterer, isn’t living the dream life.

She is wallowing in debts, casual sex and isn’t confident about the future.

Will she really find the peace she wants by running her sister’s marriage?

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0140281521
Publisher: Penguin
The Gardener

When Lotte undergoes a divorce, she thinks long and hard before settling on deserting her prosperous career as an architect, for a degree in garden history.

She thus moves with her children to Maddon Park in Oxfordshire, where she’ll be the lead gardener to the wealthy Brody Keegan.

Brody doesn’t know anything about gardens while Lotte knows a lot about gardens.

As Lotte faces off with her employer and his spoiled and youthful wife, she finds herself unsure about her emotions.

Though knowledgeable about gardens, her recent divorce and her concern about her children makes her uncertain over what she wants for herself.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0857382993
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
The Choral Society

Three single women who are all fifty-something cross paths upon joining a choir.

Lucy, who lost her husband not long ago, is a cook and food journalist; Joanna, unmarried, is an accomplished business woman; and Rebecca is an interior designer who is divorced.

Confronted by their own problems, the three women quickly start a friendship.

When they join forces to revive a deteriorating building in Cornwall to convert it into a cookery school and spa, undertaking the project comes with its fair share of challenges.

This book is about the enduring power of female friendship and how women face midlife and the future.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1849160131
Publisher: Quercus
A Serving of Scandal

A thirty-something year old mother of a young boy named Toby, Kate runs a successful business of catering for private clients.

Her life is seemingly perfect, until she is assigned to prepare lunch at the Foreign Office, where she meets Oliver Stapler.

As the Secretary of State, Oliver is not only influential but also delightful.

He is also off limits, being that he is married with a family of his own.

So when a journalist sees them together and notifies the press, rumors of an affair begin.

This is one story that will steal all the headlines and ruin a number of lives—regardless of whether it’s true or not.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1849162647
Publisher: Quercus


Leiths Cookery Bible

This novel by Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave is an extensive cookbook designed for beginners and experienced cooks, as well as caterers and chefs.

With knowledge and experience from Leiths School of Food and Wine, this cookbook takes a look at soups, first courses, vegetable dishes, salads, main courses, stocks, sauces, dips, spreads, puddings, cakes, breads, biscuits, preserves, canapés, snacks and garnishes, among others.

Complete with 1,400 recipes with classics such as Cheese Soufflé, the extensive recipes contained in the book serve various needs, from afternoon tea and easy suppers, to cocktail parties, picnics, and three course meals.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 1991
ISBN: 978-0747566021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Relish: My Life on a Plate

As a restaurateur, novelist, food author, journalist, businesswoman, teacher, television presenter, wife and mother, among others, Prue Leith has a zest for life.

Having moved to the English capital in the early 1960s where she would open her first restaurant, Prue had by the mid 1970s become a food writer—on top of launching Leith's School of Food and Wine.

However, work wasn’t the only thing that defined her.

In this enthralling and honest book, Prue also talks about her yearning for children, and her journey to eventually having a son and adopting her daughter.

She also reveals how she encountered and got married to John Playfair.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1786489746
Publisher: Quercus
Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes

In this delicious cookbook, Prue Leith offers her expertise on a hundred recipes drawn from her own kitchen.

So if you prefer Halibut with Green Linguine, Fast Roast Teriyaki Lamb or Slow-cooked Rat-a-tat-touille, you are in the right place, as Prue shares her wealth of experience in these meals which she has prepared on time without number for her friends and loved ones.

The cookbook also comes with easy-to-prepare suppers and dazzling dinner party recipes which are not only fulfilling to prepare, but also taste just as good as they look.

As the author’s first cookbook in over two decades, the stories are intimate and recipes are heartwarming.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07BKZQ3W4
Publisher: Bluebird
The Vegetarian Kitchen: Essential Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

This novel by Prue Leith, and her niece Peta Leith, is a cookbook complete with more than 100 mouthwatering and uplifting vegetarian recipes with vegan options.

It features family meals that don’t have meat; the kind of meals that bring joy to the Leith family table over and over again.

Out of the more than 100 recipes, 42 of them are vegan options.

When it comes to food, there is nothing as fulfilling as having simple and sumptuous meals that can be prepared within the shortest time possible—be it on busy weekdays on chilled-out Sundays.

From Slow-Roasted Tomato and Goat's Cheese Galette, to Black Bean Chilli with Lime Salsa, you are certainly in for a treat!

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B07X2QJ5LJ
Publisher: Bluebird

The Angelotti Chronicles

The Food of Love

Humiliated by Lord Frampton, his aristocratic neighbor during a coming-of-age ball, Donald Oliver yearns for the day he’ll get his revenge.

Laura Oliver, a wild and stunning girl, falls for Giovanni, an Italian former prisoner-of-war turned cook. When her actions draw her father’s outrage, the couple runs away to London.

Finding themselves in a city still devastated by the terrors of the war, Giovanni and Laura are faced with abject poverty. However, their intense passion and huge dreams of starting a restaurant sees them through.

From farms in Cotswolds to fish markets in London, from ballrooms to gutters, this is a moving story of endurance and the fulfilling of dreams.

NB: This book was retitled to The House of Chorlton.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1784290245
Publisher: Quercus
The Prodigal Daughter

The year is 1968.

Raised in the Italian food business that was begun by her parents, Angelica Angelotti moves to a culinary school in the French capital in an effort to start her own path.

There, she falls for Mario, her undependable cousin who got fired from their restaurant.

As her career thrives and her relationship gets physically and emotionally draining, Angelica dumps Mario and returns home in Gloucestershire to help Silvano, her cousin, with the family business.

There, she learns who she truly loves.

But when Mario resurfaces to reclaim her love and envious relatives seek to destroy their business, will Angelica save her business and her heart?

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1784290191
Publisher: Quercus
The Lost Son

Newlyweds Laura and Giovanni Angelotti are forced to give up their firstborn, a son, for adoption due to impoverishment.

Although they have gone on to sire other children, and their tiny Italian café has now become an empire, Laura is still troubled by the son she gave away.

An accomplished businessman living in New York, Tom’s life turns on its head after his closest friend and business associate is killed in the 9/11 terror attack.

Desperate to find purpose in life, he embarks on a journey to find his real family—the Angelottis.

Although they are reunited, Laura hides a dark secret; one which could be exposed.

Author: Prue Leith
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1787471955
Publisher: Quercus