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Keith Floyd
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2 Oct 2000

Keith Floyd’s exuberant personality, as much as his cooking skills, has made him a favourite both as bestselling author and as television presenter. But here, for the first time, he tells his own story – and it is full of surprises. An idiosyncratic, splendid autobiography of a well known personality, and the discovery of a writing talent.

The stories from his childhood in Somerset are vivid and moving: his grandfather with his tin leg, his mother at the mills, and his uncle, the ferret keeper and the black sheep of the family for ‘carrying on’ with married women.

Keith Floyd spent a short spell on a local newspaper, and then, in a hilarious episode, joined the army. After he and the Ministry of Defense decided that they did not suit each other, he took his first cooking job as an assistant vegetable cook in a Bristol hotel. The great period of bistros and cafes had dawned and Keith Floyd was in the forefront, cooking in an open kitchen, with Pink Floyd blaring from the speakers.

What is wonderful about this book is the vividness of the scenes he paints and the deftness with which he draws the characters – including his several wives. Those who have admired Keith Floyd’s way with a whisk will now be impressed to discover and enjoy his remarkable skill with words.


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (2 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007108036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007108039
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,628,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Keith Floyd was a highly acclaimed and influential chef whose groundbreaking television series not only changed the way cookery programmes were made, but introduced a nation to the joys of food. He made more than twenty series and authored over twenty-five books. In later years he lived quietly in France. He died on 14 September 2009.

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When The Naked Chef was crawling around in his birthday suit, Keith Floyd was the undisputed king of cookery programmes. But his culinary career hasn't always flowed as smoothly as the wine he was famous for downing. Hence the title of his autobiography: Out Of The Frying Pan. In the early 80s, following the collapse of another restaurant, Floyd found himself yet again up Jacob's Creek without a glass. "I was 40 years old, virtually bankrupt, a middle-aged man with a brilliant future behind me." Then out of the blue Floyd received a call from a BBC producer asking if he wanted to make a programme about cooking fish. Floyd's first TV series was such a surprising success that his producer told him: "I've created a monster and it's time to load the gun with silver bullets." In hindsight, after 16 TV series, 18 books, three marriages, one receivership and countless kiss-and-tell stories later, Floyd suggests that he may well have fired the gun himself. "If I knew than what I know now, I might have never have made 'Floyd on Fish'." With his programmes still being shown regularly around the world, his many thousands of fans will be pleased that he did. Now the ex-restaurateur has proved himself to be a formidable raconteur. Out Of The Frying Pan gives a frank and colourful account of a turbulent life lived to the full and recalls a career as chequered as a pair of chef's trousers. Engaging and evocative, this life story will leave readers hungry for more. --Christopher Kelly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

In the living room, a Victorian mahogany table was laid with embroidered table mats and set with bone handled knives and forks. There was a large cut glass salt cellar. There was a freshly cut loaf of burnt crusty white bread from the Golden Hill Bakery. There was a weeping, golden yellow brick of salty farmhouse butter. There was a small, ten year old boy, in a white shirt, tie and grey short trousers with a yellow and purple snake belt and sandals, sitting – elbows off the table – waiting for his lunch which would have to be eaten in silence while his grandfather grumpily slurped his stew, as the announcer from the radio in the corner said' "This is the BBC Home Service – this is the 1 o'clock news."

Keith Floyd's exuberant personality, as much as his cooking skills, have made him a favourite both as a bestselling author and as a television presenter. But here for the first time, he tells his own story and it is full of surprises.

The stories from his childhood in Somerset are vivid and moving; his grandfather with his tin leg, his mother at the mills, his uncle, the ferret keeper – and the black sheep of the family for 'carrying on' with married women – tales of an England that seems long gone.

His experiences of office life of the period are fascinating, funny and moving, in particular scenes form his time of employment on a local newspaper. Still exploring his potential, still looking for a way to earn a penny, Keith Floyd took the decision to join the Army. The stories of his training, the management of survival courses, his life in the barracks and eventually the officers' mess are both hilarious and a brilliant drawing of the life of a soldier in peacetime, including wonderful portraits of his companions.

After he and the Ministry of Defence decided that they did not suit each other, he took his first cooking job as an assistant vegetable cook in a Bristol hotel. The great period of the bistros and cafes had just dawned and Keith Floyd was in the forefront, cooking in an open kitchen with Pink Floyd blaring from the speakers. At one time in this period, Keith Floyd was juggling with running two restaurants, starting a third, trying to set up his first married home, and constantly creating new dishes, new menus and new venues for enjoyable eating.

'Out of the Frying Pan' is a wonderful rollercoaster ride. Those who have admired Keith Floyd's way with a whisk will now be impressed and delighted by his remarkable skill with words.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the pan and into the fire..... 17 Jun 2004
By The Dapper Dude VINE VOICE
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Keith Floyd amuses us with some charming stories from his life and career. I have to say I enjoy his television shows and I enjoyed this book (as much as his book Floyd In The Soup).
There is plenty of detail about his career in which he practically gets into just about anything. You really go on an adventure with Floyd as you read this book - not knowing what on earth he is going to do next.
For anyone who has the slightest interest in Keith Floyd I would recommend this book. I found it hard to leave this book down and read through it quickly. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that its a darn good read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and piquant 29 Aug 2003
By Dr. Richard Dudley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In this autobiography Keith Floyd gives a charming and discursive view of the ups and downs of his life over the last 50 years. The style is charming and roguish but with a rather sad twist. As recounted here, we have a warm-hearted man who, in financial matters at least, was too trusting and nave.

He confesses that he kept no notes, diaries or copies of his books and as such we may wish to doubt his memory on some of the more outlandish stories. However, he does tell a rattling good yarn, and it was easy to read this book in not much more than a single sitting.

Most people will know Floyd from his excellent cookery series from the 1980s onwards. Never less than hugely entertaining, his exploits still stick in my mind - he's one of the few "television chefs" that you'd like to share your meal with, as well as to cook it in the first place. However this is a wide-ranging gallop through the adventures of his life, and his television career gets precious few pages. The book is no worse for that, and a jolly good read showcasing the passion that he has for cooking. And for life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read. 12 Feb 2001
Format:Hardcover
I have grown up with Keith Floyd, from Floyd on Fish and Floyd on Fire onwards. He has always been a bit of a hero of mine as he is as passionate about food and cooking as I am, takes life not too seriously, has a laugh and a few drinks and enjoys himself.
I read his first autobiographical jaunt - Floyd in the Soup, which is, I think, a great book still (I have read it several times) and I wasn't sure what to expect of this one. Well, it goes into a lot more detail of his early career, the ups and downs (there are plenty of those). It shows what a brilliant man he is, a bit naive and perhaps slightly gullible - I dunno - but it's all honest stuff, and it had me gripped (I've managed to read most of it in a day - couldn't put it down).
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 7 Feb 2010
By trydan
Format:Paperback
i dont read a lot of books because i get bored with some books,but decided to buy this because i wanted to see if floyd was as interesting off screen as he was on,this book didnt disapoint,would recomend to anyone,ps didnt get bored once
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boozy Floyd 10 Feb 2014
By Lynn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of Floyds better books My hubby likes to think he cooks like him I am not so sure He can drink like him though
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read 25 Oct 2013
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An insight into the life of a true character - officer and gentleman - and an amazing cook, to say the least. The book has been poorly edited, with numerous typos but this is the only negative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flambouant Floyd! 18 Oct 2013
By chrisR
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Brilliant! An actual character with opinions and gloriously un PC! I wouldn't necessarily want to live his life but it was great to experience it in some small measure.
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