Egg and Soldiers
A Childhood Memoir (with postcards from the present) by Damien Trench
By Miles Jupp
A charming childhood memoir (with postcards from the present) by cookery writer Damien Trench, star of Miles Jupp's Radio 4 series, In and Out of the Kitchen.
Miles Jupp (News Quiz presenter, star of Rev, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Thick Of It) delves into the mind of his comedy creation Damien Trench - urbane food writer and protagonist of BBC Radio 4's acclaimed sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen.
'I have just had one of those absolutely mad mornings when you go out to have a browse at tagines and end up coming home with a brand new gas ring expander. I think I was probably as surprised as anybody. Sometimes life is just like that, isn't it?'
Damien Trench is one of the most well-respected cookery writers working today. But what were the formative experiences that sent him on the path to such culinary acclaim? In Egg and Soldiers, Damien opens up for the first time about his childhood - from the blissful early years playing with wooden cookery sets at 'Tiny Steps' nursery, to adolescent struggles (The Swiss Cottage Poo incident and subsequent therapy, a panic attack in a petting zoo, having a clever older sister), to catering college and falling in love with food.
Along the way there are postcards from the present, as Damien relates astute observations on the trials of modern life, illuminating conversations with his partner Anthony, and thought-provoking anecdotes from food festivals and the like. At last, the lid has been lifted on one of the most interesting voices in modern cookery writing. (And there are recipes, too.)
Miles Jupp is an actor, comedian and writer. He played Nigel in the BAFTA winning sitcom REV, and John Duggan in Armando Iannucci's THE THICK OF IT, and has made multiple appearances on HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, MOCK THE WEEK and WOULD I LIE TO YOU? Film appearances include THE MONUMENTS MEN, directed by and starring George Clooney, Michael Winterbottom's THE LOOK OF LOVE and MADE IN DAGENHAM. Miles has appeared on the West End stage in NEVILLE'S ISLAND and at the National Theatre in BOTH RULES FOR LIVING and PEOPLE.
As well as writing and starring in the successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom IN AND OUT OF THE KITCHEN, in 2015 he also took over from Sandi Toksvig as host of THE NEWS QUIZ.
His first book, FIBBER IN THE HEAT, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year in 2012
He toured his stand-up show of FIBBER IN THE HEAT in 2011 and 2012, and then toured a new stand-up show MILES JUPP IS THE CHAP YOU'RE THINKING OF in 2014, both of which also played in the West End. From September 2016 he has been touring a new stand-up show, SONGS OF OF FREEDOM.
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07 Sep 2017
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