'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.'
'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.'
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.