Big Mouth (Matt Preston, Viking)
Big Mouth is the first memoir from long-time MasterChef host Matt Preston, who has previously published eight bestselling cookbooks. This book details the experiences of a man who has kept his life private despite being in the public eye. We’re taken through his childhood and adolescence in the UK, his young adulthood working in magazines, and his move to Australia, including his time with MasterChef. We learn childhood stories, details about his family—including the tragic death of his brother, his succession of casual jobs (including at a chemist and the local council), and even where he buys his famous cravats. All the while, Preston weaves food throughout his stories, detailing his favourite childhood snacks, treasured family recipes and strange MasterChef tastings. The book’s first half holds a certain intrigue, as it’s only human to feel curious about where someone has come from and why they are the way they are. The second half is for hardcore MasterChef fans who want intricate details about dishes and behind-the-scenes titbits. There is a lot of minutiae involving rogue olive pits, tempered chocolate, and the difference between spearmint and green tea mint. There are also really nice themes about being adventurous and taking opportunities when they arise. Big Mouth is a detailed read for fans of MasterChef and anyone who wants a look behind the curtain at the life of an Australian celebrity.
Books+Publishing reviewer: Danielle Bagnato is a book reviewer and marketing and communications professional. Books+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of pre-publication book reviews.