The Prodigal Daughter

The second book in the Food of Love trilogy by celebrated author, chef and food writer Prue Leith

“Prue Leith knows about colour and flavour and this has lots of both . . . a delicious family saga”

Daily Mail (on The Food of Love)


The changing face of Britain, especially the revolution in its food culture, forms the background to

this trilogy of character-driven novels of love, ambition, desperation and hope.


Angelica Angelotti has grown up in the family restaurant business started by her Italian father, Giovanni, and his English wife, Laura, whom we first met in the acclaimed first part of this trilogy. Surrounded by gorgeous Italian food, Angelica now wants to strike out on her own. Defying her father's wishes, she moves to Paris to learn French cuisine. There, caught up in the excitement and emotion of the May ’68 student riots, she falls in love with a charismatic but unreliable man.

Back in London with her husband, Angelica's future career blossoms at the Savoy Hotel and further develops when she becomes a food writer. But her parents’ concerns about her marriage are proved painfully right. Moving back to run the inn on her family's estate in Gloucestershire may feel like failure, but little does Angelica know that what awaits her there is the greatest challenge of her life - and a second chance at love.