The Robson Press is to publish chef Ken Hom’s autobiography.
Publisher Jeremy Robson bought world rights to A Life Sour and Sweet from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann.
Born in Arizona and raised in poverty in Chicago’s Chinatown, Hom went on to become an internationally-regarded authority on Chinese and Oriental cooking. He is the author of more than 30 cookery books.
A Life Sour and Sweet takes readers on a tour of Hom’s “remarkable life, from working in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant as an 11-year-old schoolboy, via student travels in Europe where giving cookery lessons to earn extra cash lured him towards a career in food, and on to household fame in the UK”.
Robson said: “I was lucky enough to find myself placed next to Ken at last year’s Blenheim Literary Festival, and was entranced by his warm and engaging personality and amazing stories. What a life! Within the hour we had agreed to do this this exciting book together.”
Hom said: “I am thrilled to be sharing my incredible voyage of food with the public I love.”
Publication is scheduled for spring 2016.