Big Mouth

Matt Preston

Big Mouth
Penguin Books Australia
7 November 2023

Big Mouth

Matt Preston

For a man who has been firmly in the public eye for the past decade or more, Matt Preston has been very, very quiet about his past and private life. There are reasons for this.

Now, in Big Mouth, Matt opens up about his early years for the first time - the good and the bad, the tragic and the ecstatic. Like the man himself, it’s a story that’s joyous, funny and larger than life. It’s also, perhaps unexpectedly, filled with pathos and emotional depth, set to a pulsating 1980s soundtrack.

From his fractured childhood and the tragic death of his younger brother, to adoption, heroin, his disastrous time in the British Army and relocating to the other side of the world - where he would eventually find love and success - Matt writes frankly about it all.

Naturally, food weaves its way through his story at every turn. His most memorable food experiences, from the exquisite and the excellent to the dreary and the dreadful, form the backdrop of a life well (and not so well) lived.

This is a fresh, exciting, gloriously eccentric memoir from one of the food world’s most beloved bon vivants.

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