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Fabulous Fanny Cradock: TV's Outrageous Queen of Cuisine Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1st Edition edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750945451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750945455
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Ellis is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Daily telegraph. His first book, 'C.B. The Life of Charles Burgess Fry', won the Cricket Society's Silver Jubilee Literary Award. He lives in Greenwich.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. Weaver on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've always been fascinated by Fanny Cradock - the pearls, the dinner dresses, the green Duchesse potatoes, those eyebrows, the way she humiliated Johnny.....and I think this book is a wonderful homage to her. From those inauspicious beginnings as an abandoned baby on her grandmother's billiard table to her eventual invisibility in a nursing home, Clive Ellis paints a vivid picture of her extraordinary public life played out in those grand performances on the TV screen and her Bon Viveur road shows and gives us insight into her colourful and bittersweet private life. By the end of the book, I found myself feeling - to my amazement! - a sense of real affection towards Fanny, for the way in which she brought glamour and a sense of optimism into post-war sitting rooms, for the devoted relationship she shared with Johnnie, despite all the public humiliation and private rows, and for her 100% attitude! I also really like the way the book is presented - it's great fun to read, with lots of illustrations and lists. And the recipes are brilliant - baked hedgehog anyone?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Wilkinson on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Most people who watched televison in the 50's,60's and 70's will remember with amusement the double-act of ball-gowned Fanny, queen of cuisine, and her hen-pecked husband Johnnie in their cookery programmes. Clive Ellis brings it all to life again and had me laughing out loud and unable to put the book down.

He intermixes biography, recipes, articles, memorablia with witty journalistic style. He reveals a much more complex and human story behind the TV persona.

I still chuckle to myself over the anecdote of Fanny cooking with her feet in third ballet posiion so that if, god forbid, she happened to spill anything while cooking she would be able to rock backwards on her feet to protect her gown. No need for aprons we are told.

It would make a perfect Christmas gift for those difficult parents, aunties and uncles who remember her only too well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lee kaay on 6 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
AT LAST!! A book on Fanny Cradock with several receipes to boot. This is an excellent read (i did it in a day) and anamazing story. A long time coming but worth the wait.

Now, how about a reissue of her receipes??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Girlybunches on 13 May 2012
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I have always been fascinated with the late great Fanny Cradock.. I really wanted to know what made her tick.

Anyone with that amount grit and determination must have had a colourful past, and she sure did. I'm only half way through reading the book, but it wont be long before I am finished. I have only given this book 4 stars because it is terribly written, repeated quotes and missing words (is that because I have a Kindle version?)

However, if you want to learn more about this stalwart of British TV (and other achievements in the culinary and homemaking world) this is a must read.

Love the inserts of her recipes.. they were as flamboyantly written as she looked, and would put any good novel to shame with her vividly romantic instructions!

She was a forward thinker, and although often lacked the ability to keep an accurate recollection of the truth, she had an undeniably glorious way of getting herself out of a tight spot and jumping feet first into the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pilipala on 15 Dec. 2012
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Hilarious! It's hard to believe that TV chefs weren't always the norm. Picture Fanny in black and white, wearing far too much mascara and patronising the British public in perfect BBC English. Elaborate and expensive recipes which she defended with gusto are included in this book - some of which are becoming fashionable again. She was rude, self-centred and sometimes spiteful but she adored both food and Johnnie, her hapless husband. What a fascinating life - she was a novelist, columnist, celebrity and the original Bon Viveur. The crazy thing about Fanny is, she absolutely knew her stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnJohn71 on 10 Jan. 2013
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Wh\at a totally fantastic book! This is a fitting and affectionate tribute to a wonderful and much maligned and misunderstood but nevertheless talented and iconic lady. Don't hesitate - treat yourself!
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If you are familiar with Fanny Cradock then this will make an interesting read. However, the book is spoiled by constantly flipping backwards and forwards in life events without any clear chronological order and without any warning. This makes the story hard to follow and a difficult read.
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Format: Hardcover
FANNY CRADDOCK WAS SENSATIONAL.SHE WAS OVERDRESSED HAD DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR AND HER FOOD LOOKED DIRE.BUT SHE WAS THE IST AND BEST TV COOK.THERE WAS NEVER ANYONE LIKE FANNY SHE WAS A ONE OFF.WHY NO DVDS OF HER SHOWS THEY WOULD BE AMAZING TO WATCH AGAIN. THIS BOOK IS UG AND IS RECOMMENDED.
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