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Two Fat Ladies Obsessions [Hardcover]

Jennifer Paterson & Clarissa Dickson-Wright , Paterson
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7 Sep 1999
Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson are two opinionated, forthright, eccentric ladies; they also know an awful lot about food. In this totally reformatted book (once again tied-in to their primetime BBC, Food Network and ABC TV series) they turn their attention to what turns them on, choosing 30 of their favourite ingredients from cherries and asparagus to steak and scallops. Including over 150 recipes, the book provides unique insight into how these formidable women cook and goes a long way to explaining why they are passionate about what they do.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Television tie-in edition edition (7 Sep 1999)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0091870739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091870737
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 23 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Spilling the Beans and her latest, Rifling Through My Drawers, as well as many cookery books including Clarissa's Comfort Food and the soon to be published Potty - Clarissa's One Pot Cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life and lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.

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"The title of this book, Obsessions, was chosen in part as a rude gesture to mimsy journalists who, content with GM-adapted, irradiated, badly raised meat, reared without fat, suggested that we are obsessed, "Clarissa Dickson Wright writes in the introduction to this, the final book written by The Two Fat Ladies. "Perhaps we are, but anyone who has witnessed Jennifer's joy at the sight of 'a good little grouse bird', her enthusiasm for a sweetbread or my ecstasy at the sight of a cardoon will realise that it is a very fulfilling obsession." Jennifer Paterson died on 10 August, 1999, peacefully, painlessly and full of caviar. The king of roes, unsurprisingly, was one of the ingredients selected by Jennifer to feature in this book. "Lumpfish roe is a very poor substitute for caviar, but looks pretty as a garnish. However it is the only [roe] that I don't relish. Why is it so gritty?" Other ingredients among those chosen by television's most opinionated and eccentric cooks include salt, chillies, anchovies, offal, cream, walnuts, eels, tripe, pheasant and oysters. Never shy of controversy, they include a recipe for a delicious beef on the bone "Oxtail Casserole" and "T-bone Steaks À La Floors Castle". Their hearty and homely style is typified in "A Simple Sausage Ragu" and "Chocolate Marshmallow Ice-Cream". "We hope that over the years a bit of our obsession has rubbed off on you, that you take the choice to travel that bit further to a good butcher or fishmonger, that you look for the best local sources of supply," Dickson Wright writes. "If you will keep the faith then our obsessions have not been shared in vain. Always remember that food is to beloved, laughed over and, above all, enjoyed in the company of your friends." --Dale Kneen

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An impressively substantial book which looks at 30 of the foods which Jennifer and Clarissa feel passionate about.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above Expectations 21 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
Great quality cooking. I especially love the way that the ladies give an intorductions to each chapter. It has beauitful illustrations and lovely photographs to compliment the recipies. A must for any Two Fat Ladies fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars big flavours from big cooks 10 July 2009
By Giltar
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book having watched the two fat ladies on dvd (you can also see episodes from this excellent series on BBC TV saturday kitchen or through BBC i-player if you're not in the UK). The quantities of butter used are not for the health obsessed but there are many tasty recipes that will go down well with hungry friends. As a result of trying these recipes I've begun to use more anchovies and parsley in own cooking. The recipes are easy to follow and big on flavour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars definitely not foody PC ... 12 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover
lovely recipes, perhaps not all for everyday cooking, but super book to read through and easy to follow recipes. Typical of the Two Fat Ladies tv programme recipes - possibly a little retro now, but still very tasty!
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Fat Ladies Strike Again! 6 April 2000
By Kathleen L Rath - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Two Fat Ladies have released another fine cookbook to their saucy collection. I enjoy cooking elaborate or unusual meals for my wife, and I can attest that the recipies I have tried are a success! I can also assure you that even if you aren't a gourmet cook, you can master these recipies.
Warning: These recipies are NOT for the diet-conscious, but for the connisseur of good, hearty food with no-holds-barred cholesterol level! These contributions by the hilarious Clarissa and the late Jennifer are tailored for consumers who enjoy food for its taste and enjoy fully what life- and dinner- has to offer.
If you are a fan of the show (and even if you are not), I highly recommend this book. Within its pages are thirty-four chapters, each focusing on a favorite "Fat Lady Staple", such as lobster, chocolate, and butter. The chapters also contain little anecdotes from the humorous Ladies, guaranteed to make you smile. Within each chapter are several sumptuous recipies to frighten the bathroom scale. As Clarissa, one of the Fat Ladies, notes in the introduction- "Anyone who has watched the program... will know that one of the things that binds us is an unswerving passion for good food- no compromises, no second best." And the recipes that follow certainly adhere to this credo.
Many delightful European recipies can be found, with common ingredients and the unusual for special occasions. If you want to impress with the best, try these! Some examples of the delights that can be found are the delicious Roast Chicken with Herbed Salt, Chili Crab, Pheasant with Mostardadi Cremona (pheasant with bacon, white wine, butter, etc.), Portuguese Fish Stew, Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream, and the easy Spaghetti with Sour Cream. I only wish the Ladies had included more than a few recipes for each chapter.
Please note that for some of these recipies, some unusual ingredients may be required. You will need to find a good source for some of the spices or meats, but when you taste the results, you will be glad for the trouble exerted. (My wife sure was!)
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read With Great Recipes 20 Dec 2000
By Scott Dixler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To be honest, I bought this book primarily for the Fat Ladies' trademark wit and humor. In this respect, I was not disappointed, as the brief narratives preceeding each chapter and most recipes make for truly entertaining reading. many of the actual recipes intimidated me at first, but when I decided to try one of them out, I was absolutely thrilled. The cod with lemon sauce (located in the book's "Lemon" section) is one of the best recipes I've ever gleaned from a cookbook...it was a tremendous success. If you're a fan of the show, or just a fan of good, honest food, give this book a try.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last ride of the Fat Ladies 22 Oct 2007
By Graves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Earlier books in the series provided recipies from the TV show, the Two Fat Ladies, but unfortunately Jennifer Patterson's lung Cancer caused a premature end to the 4th season. So in place of a book about the series, they produced a book about their passions. Each chapter dedicated to some item one of them found fun and what could be done with it- lemons, herring roe, garlic, sweat breads, salt, peaches, eels etc The start of each chapter had a few paragraphs from the lady in question and what they found so wonderful about them.

As usual the recipies are surprisingly easy for any home cook to follow. Dispite looking insanely difficult in the pictures, the ease with which they work out is amazing.

I will admitt to being a little confused by some, what the flock is a 'lardoon?' and finding others can be difficult in the US but certainly if you are a fan of the Ladies or just good cook books, this is well worth the read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Fat Ladies -Obsessions 21 Mar 2011
By Heather Herbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I received this book in excellent condition. I was delighted to read the favorite recipes of two famous chefs. Mainly old-fashioned cooking but with wonderful stories behind each selected recipe.Quite politically incorrect food for today's standards but therein lies its charm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid of butter 25 Feb 2014
By Finbarr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you were fortunate enough to see the televised program of The Two Fat Ladies in the 1990's, they were hilarious, sharp tongued and really good cooks. The recipes are not difficult but even if you never make some, just reading about them is terrific.
They usually prepared food for large groups : schools, hunting clubs, upper class English institutions and the like, and did so with aplomb. There are some recipes that I have made over and over and some I have never tried. (I don't cook rabbit or quail or some other things). However, I suggest you buy this as a gift for someone who likes to cook, or better yet, for yourself. You deserve it.
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