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Stirred But Not Shaken: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Keith Floyd
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Book Description

He was the first celebrity chef, the swashbuckling cook who crossed the high seas, on a BBC budget, communicating his love of food to millions of viewers. Make a wonderful dish and have a bloody good time: that was the criteria of Keith Floyd's mission (a mission that lasted several decades). Along the way he inspired a generation of men to get into the kitchen.



After starting out in a hotel kitchen in Bristol, he made and lost fortunes, was married four times, and dealt with a level of fame that bemused him. Now, in his honest and revealing memoir, completed just before he died, Keith reflects on the ups and downs of his career. Above all, the much loved, often copied, Keith Floyd whooshes the reader through his adventures, from the hilarious to the downright lunatic.



As irrepressible, funny and charming as Keith himself, Stirred But Not Shaken is a must-read for anyone who loves life, food, women . . . and a quick slurp.


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'Something that makes a good memoir is a sense of a life lived with gusto. Athill has it. So too does Keith Floyd, the man who became the first celebrity chef. His memoirs are sporadic, wild, fun, like talking to a drunk at the end of the night, with a fog of cigarette smoke and tragedy in the air. A tumultuous personal life, vast riches, even vaster spending, and a love-hate relationship with fame all surface through Stirred but Not Shaken. In between sips of his preferred tipple of whisky, Floyd reveals himself as a man for whom the media was almost an amusing accident that got out of control. His true love was his cooking. As a footnote, Floyd died in September this year, just before his memoirs were published. He had been celebrating getting the all-clear from cancer that day with a hearty lunch of oysters and partridge, a bon viveur to the last meal.' -- Independent on Sunday, Best autobiography 2009 round up

'His inimitable style behind the camera, and relaxed approach at the stove - and with the wine bottle - made him one of the most watchable chefs of all time. These revealing memoirs are a must for any fan.'
--Daily Telegraph

'the book has an expert structure - digressions, recipes and anecdotes.'
--The Telegraph, Christmas Books

'From one of the first celebrity chefs, Stirred but Not Shaken is Keith Floyd's timely autobiography that is a fascinating insight into the mind of a great cook, foibles and all.' --The Times, Food Books of the Year

'A fascinating life. This honest, revealing memoir was completed just before he died last year; enjoy as a package with a large glass of decent recent wine.'
--Venue

Book Description

Britain's most colourful chef serves up a deliciously entertaining account of his sweet and sour (and crazy) life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1851 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N2QUX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Floydy 16 Nov. 2009
By Joan C
Format:Hardcover
This book was written at the very end of Keith Floyd's life,and although I found it very sad it is essential to read it to round off his story. The "Ghost", James Steen, has done an excellent job, Keith Floyd was in the mood to talk and reminisce about his past, at times angry, sad or resigned, and Steen has condensed what must have been many hours of thoughts and words into a well rounded book. So many people in Floyd's life took advantage of his generous nature, and in this book it all comes back - unlike the previous episodes of his autobiography where he was still positive and full of optimism. In this book he talks in greater depth of the saddest times, holding nothing back. There will never be another Floyd, I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing and he was just as his TV self, a real gentleman with humour, a great love of food, wine and life. Floydy, you will be sorely missed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply did not want this book to end........... 22 Mar. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have always admired and enjoyed the work of Keith Floyd and do believe that he started a whole generation of would be amatuer cooks as well as quite a few professional ones! I watched the programme on him just before he died and was quite saddened and amused at the same time and for me this is what Keith was and what his book relays - a whole mix of emotions! I was glad when the snow arrived in January after receiving my book, as it meant that rather than drive to work, I could use the time on the bus, to read it as I didnt want to put it down! I was very sad when I came to the end of the book as I knew that this was it - there would be no more Floyd. If you enjoyed his TV programmes you will enjoy this.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look into the life and times of Floyd 5 Nov. 2009
Format:Hardcover
I eagerly awaited this book and was not disappointed at all - it's a great insight into the life and times of one of my all times heroes - Keith Floyd. The book details his early career, rise to fame, time when work was either non-existant or scarce and when the demons of life became too much. Some of the book is well known and previously documented but much was a revelation to me and some was down right uncomfortable to read and bordering on being far too honest for his own good.
It is with great regret that this book came out as Keith's life ended but is a fitting tribute to the man who made cookery interesting, honest and fun - today's chef's just do not come close.
This man is the reason I enjoy cooking so much today - no buggering about, just good wholesome regional cooking without frills or fancy.
My one regret is having been in the presence of Keith I never had the bottle to get his autograph.

Rest in Peace Keith and thanks for the fun, the food and the memories.............
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Floyd On Time 24 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Keith Floyd had the true chef's knack of great timing. He happened to start cooking commercially in Bristol ahead of the "New Wave" of TV celebrity chefs at a time when Bristol was full of BBC programme-makers looking for new characters and ideas. So all the menu items were there for what followed, with "Floydy" as the secret ingredient to recreate the distinctive flavour of cooking-to-camera. In picking up (by Floyd's own admission) the mantle of The Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr, Keith re-set the template for the next twenty years through Rick Stein and Antonio Carluccio to Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver. So plenty to thank him for (and plenty to blame him for too!). And after a roller-coaster twenty year career in and out of the spotlight, Floydy eventually sets about putting it all down in writing and then promptly dies as soon as his ghosted autobiography is finished. But if he had a talent for timing, there were many other areas of life where he was less than proficient, including financial management, judging people's characters, sustaining relationships, etc, etc. Every time the author picks himself up off the kitchen floor, you know it won't be long before he's flat on his face again. He claims his trade-mark glass of red wine was a mere stage prop, but booze seems to have been the key part of his regular downfalls. The dominant flavours of this book are the author's charm and charisma which mean you are always on his side as he goes through business failures, divorces, bankruptcy, loneliness and finally illness. There's a genuine sense of loss at the end, and a feeling that we all should have appreciated Floydy a bit more when we had the chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like thousands of other people worldwide I came to like the cheeky chappie who cooked anywhere and everywhere, glass or bottle at hand for a 'slurp' making me watch a type of programme I would never watch usually, a cooking programme. His on screen persona was carefree and mainly jolly mixing with practically anyone no matter who they were. But having read his book I look on him a bit differently now with mixed feelings at how callous he was, especially regarding his wives, of course he was brave enough to put all his thoughts down whilst being very ill but at times I found it uncomfortable reading of the cheeky chappie.

His talent was never in doubt he made people sit up and take notice of food and the cooking of food but he seemed an impatient and at times and impertinent person and having achieved stardom seemed selfish in pursuing that lifestyle whilst still purporting to be the boy next door. The only people who never seemed to occur his wrath were his rugby playing mates and although he admits to neglecting his children during their formative years, again being away in some far flung place, he found comfort in the bottle rather than actually trying with his wives to make a marriage work.

Of course his is not here now to defend such accusations and of course I have never tasted his exotic lifestyle but from his own words he was not the Floydy of the TV screen in real life a fact people tended to forget, and when he did get time to sit back and enjoy the fruit's of his success he couldn't he wanted to be back out there to help with the never ending money problems he had throughout life, he seems to have found some resemblance of peace towards the end of his life. But of him, we have the same birthday by the way, after reading his book I am still a fan, but slightly less so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read. I don't read a lot, but could not put this down...
What a life this man led. It has made me pick up my dusty Kindle and fall in love with it all over again. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant book. Everything there
Absolutely brilliant book. Everything there, warts and all. His early death robbed us of a great entertainer and talent.
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Brilliant book by a brilliant man.
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Published 3 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for fans.
Miss his shows, so bought his autobiography.
Published 3 months ago by birdbrain
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't stand the heat.....!
As a one time friend it is so pleasing, long after the fact(?) to get the whole picture.
Published 3 months ago by Trish Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book.
A well written book and an entertaining read. The TV cook who started it all. Having watched most of his programmes at the time it was fascinating to read his account of what was... Read more
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