Gordon Ramsay A Review of his books

I’ve been reading a lot lately, more than I ever have in my life. Not sure how I fell into this ‘reading zone’ but I am definitely hooked. So much so that I have completed 5 books in around 8 weeks which is some pretty good reading by anyone’s standards. I actually read the two Gordon Ramsay books before Sniper One but Sniper One being such a good book became a priority to write about.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay was a normal run of the mill celebrity chef and ‘the bloke that swears a lot’ on TV before I noticed Gordon Ramsay Playing with Fire in the book store. I think it was the big red cover that caught my eye at first. I didn’t realise he had written autobiography before and thought Humble Pie was a cookery book. haha. I went and read half of the book before buying Humble Pie on the flight to London I took in December. By the time I arrived back home I had read half of Humble Pie as well so I carried on and finished it.


Humble Pie gives a massive insight in to who Gordon Ramsay is as a person, most people recognise him from the TV shows, some people dislike him because of the same shows as well. I think that to find out more about a celebrity that is worth their salt as a person you have to read their autobiography. Celebrities don’t always want you to know about their past, most try to hide it however in Humble Pie Gordon Ramsay gives a no-holds-barred account of his upbringing, living in numerous different locations whilst he was growing up with his sisters and brothers. Gordon Ramsey goes in to particular detail about his rocky relationship with his father, the strained relationship with his brother and his love for his mum.


You actually find out about everything, Gordon Ramsay say’s in the book – “No one has anything on me because it’s all here in black and white”. Fair play to the man as some of the things in the book are highly personal and even most joe bloggs’ would want to keep them quiet. I found out that he isn’t an idiot that stands and shouts and swears all the time. You find out about how he started, where he started and how he got the chance to go from nothing to everything. He talks about this football career and his football injury that stopped him from playing for Rangers. Gordon Ramsay has so much passion for what he does it is incredible. I couldn’t care less now that he swears, he does it because of his passion for his work.

If you want to find out more about Gordon Ramsay then this is definitely the book for you.


Playing with Fire

Someone asked me last week if there were any differences between the two books as they didn’t want to sit and read the same lines and chapters for a second time for no reason. I quickly replied, “huge differences”. Playing with Fire is more business orientated. It goes into a lot more detail of where he started and where his chances of success came from.

You quickly realise that Gordon Ramsay knows EXACTLY what he is talking about, his business and work ethic is extraordinary. Using this he and his father-in-law Chris have amassed a substantial company as well as Gordon Ramsay’s own business (his Books, TV appearences etc). He talks about his dealings with Blackstone and delves into detail about his individual restaurants, about how they started and if they ran in to any problems. He talks about his Chef’s, most of which followed him throughout his career or he head-hunted to get in to his restaurants.

In Playing with Fire he talks about his run-in with the tax man, and although very very serious the way it is written comes out quite funny and you can imagine him getting to the end of his tether. His TV appearances and other things are covered in detail. It’s truly amazing to see how much the TV stations wanted him on their books rather than a different party. At the time of writing the book Gordon Ramsay seemed to be very busy with planning future enterprises, whether that be Gordon Ramsay Holdings or his own.

I actually enjoyed Playing with Fire more than Humble Pie, possibly because I wanted to know about his business ethic more than anything else but both are still worth a read.

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