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Floyd Around the Med Hardcover – 7 Feb 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Illustrated; 1st Edition edition (7 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004140877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004140872
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's all right for some. Here's Keith Floyd cooking his way round the Mediterranean, accompanied by a film crew for the television series. Greece, the South of France, Turkey, Spain, Morocco and Tunisia and Egypt are his destinations, where he explores the rich variety of cooking styles that have evolved around the shores of the Middle Sea, all founded basically upon the same seasonally-available diet. Thus, in Greece Floyd cooks a beautiful and sophisticated "Fricassee of Spring Lamb with Green Peas and Egg and Lemon Sauce" (it also includes Cos lettuce and baby leeks); and in North Africa, by contrast, the equally stylish but quite different "Lamb Couscous with Root Vegetables and Courgettes".

Keith Floyd is particularly good at capturing this local essence of food and cooking. He has a nose for the unusual and can sniff out unexpected but authentic combinations, an invaluable asset in what is perhaps over-familiar territory. From Spain, for example, a chocolate sauce for lobster; from Tunisia, a beef stew flavoured with coffee. Wherever he goes, the recipes are unfailingly delicious. In characteristic Floyd style, he enthusiastically invades casino kitchens, barbecues on beaches and sets his portable stove up in Roman amphitheatres, everywhere cooking on the spot. His commentaries on the cultures he visits, from Cannes to Cairo, make for ripe and entertaining reading. (Perhaps distancing the book somewhat from the series, he also allows himself some pungent observations on the exigencies of making popular television.) Fans will find this a characteristically expert, inviting guide and lavishly illustrated guide to these ancient and vibrant cuisines. --Robin Davidson

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In Floyd around the Med, Floyd shares his experiences of travelling around the Mediterranean. He mixes with the glamorous jetsetters of Monte Carlo, endures a vertical mule ride in the Greek Islands, and shares wine with the monks of Saint Honorat off the Riviera coast. He barters in Turkish bazaars and Tunisian souks, explores undiscovered pueblos of Spain, checks out the North African coast and shares pink gins with the ex-pats of Marbella. And in each place of course Floyd cooks up delicious dishes using local produce.

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Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Floyd, his recipes and his writing style and he didn't disappoint me with this book! His account of the Mediterranean makes great reading for the British winter.
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Keith Floyd takes a fine trip around the Med, I would consider this my fav book out of all Keiths. Excellent photos, brilliant reciepes that still look fresh. This Hardback book at one point was selling for a crazy £50-£60, but was lucky and picked it up for less than £3 on amazon shops. The cover was different to the one pictured though (it had the same cover as the uk softback). Floyd is greatly missed.
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Loved the TV series - a great travelogue in my fav part of the world with Keith playing up to the camera in top form. It was the cradle of civilisation - until Floyd got there!

This book contains all those snapshots anecdotes and musings which made the TV so watchable plus the great recipes.

I tried some of these and they turned out very well. I am no cook and I need a giant fuse to get me into the kitchen - but anything hearty, tasty and fairly straightforward will set me off.

The Greek section was my battleground and I was victorious with Beef Stifado, Saute of Spring Lamb with Apricots and others.
A certain West Country chef and celebrity gave me a bit of help.

If you are looking down Keith - thank you very much.
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Loved the series, always watch the repeats, all of them! Book a bit disappointing, not so many recipes and it obviously can't capture the feel of the Med like television can. Worth having though and good condition for used item.
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As expected this is an excellent book. Keith Floyd was always the king of the tv chefs and with these recipes he proves that nobody does the Mediterranean diet better! Plus it only cost me a penny with just a couple of pounds postage and is in fantastic condition...Bargain!
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In comparison to the series, there was a lot of descriptive writing and not many recipes. Floyd is very charismatic and a joy to watch, but is not really a home-cook's cookery writer.
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Directly taken from the series with llittle more added to the programmes. Still a great addition to the book shelf / kitchen
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Lovers of the inimitable Floyd will love his take on the Med and its cuisine. Very well worth reading and keeping.
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