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Stirred But Not Shaken: The Autobiography [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Keith Floyd
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7 May 2010

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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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511582
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Reading this, you keep thinking: poor Keith Floyd. In a tribute at the start, James Whitaker sums him up. A brilliant cook. A natural. But he drank. He smoked. He lived large. Floyd himself wonders why his friends are happily married and he is not. He does things on the hoof, intuitively. He is the first routinely to film cooking shows as outside broadcasts. There is excitement. There is more drinking and sadness. Then he has his last meal, feels sick and lies down.' --The Scotsman

'Floyd's autobiography lurches, like its subject, from hilarity to madness and gives fascinating insights into fame and its dangers.' --Good Book Guide

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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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Floydy 16 Nov 2009
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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30 of 33 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Floyd On Time 24 Dec 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Floyd's Food 6 April 2012
As we are wont to remind ourselves when someone passes, 'we will always have what they gave us'. In Floyd's case, what he gave us was much indeed. Essentially it was the passion - for food, for life and even for love, although at his own admission he never seemed to be able to make it last (the love that is). This testament to a touching, hilarious, witty, sometimes vexing but always authentic human being was completely un-put-downable. Luckily I got it as a Mother's Day gift so was able to guiltlessly lie around all day and read the best part of it, finishing off in stints standing at the cooker later in the week. If you want a book that makes you laugh, cry and go 'aw' all at once, this is it - he was a legend and must have been tremendous fun to have as a friend. I thoroughly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting remembrance to a decent chap 23 Dec 2011
What can I say, don't read many autobiographies these days but picked this up as I used to love watching the show immensely. He was one of the new breed of chefs with lots of character and exuberance, drank hard lived life to the max. Lots of lovely anecdotes about how he started, got into the business, his life, his foibles, his mistakes (quite a few) and ups and downs. Overall one of my favourite reads and highly recommended for its light hearted approach. The book get a little sombre towards the end, maybe he saw the writing on the wall but great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd Fan
Honest sad and funny a great read shame though I'd have love to see him back on tv all the best cloudy in that great restaurant in the sky
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
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Published 24 days ago by r black
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
This is a good read, very well, and I would think, honestly written. A true cradle to grave account, with flaws and imperfections on view. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EastEndGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read.
Great Book for all Food Lovers and a Great Insight into the Man that Opened up the World to Cooking.
Published 3 months ago by L & S 4 England.
4.0 out of 5 stars Floydy
This is a well-written / ghosted biography - easy to read and running at a fair pace.

There is no doubt that KF had absolute control over the content - awkward bits are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clarsach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from start to finish - excellent.
Loved this book - so easy to read and whether or not you are a cookery fan doesn't matter. It's written with warmth and honesty and I didn't want it to end.
Published 5 months ago by Karen Agnew
5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd on Life
This is so well written it is a pleasure to read. As well as being a deserved tribute to such a rare and entertaining talent.
Published 6 months ago by Mme Celia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband
This was a Christmas present for my husband and he can't put it down says its brilliant, hurry up and finish I want to read it.
Published 7 months ago by Diane Gilfillan
3.0 out of 5 stars top book of you love food and love a character!
KL was obviously a flawed man. You can see this from the honesty of this book ( I am sure there is far more). Read more
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loved this book, good reading, could not put it down, would recommend to anyone who is interested in keith floyd,
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