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Shooting the Cook Paperback – 29 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278312
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Floyd introduced an element of chaos, even danger to proceedings … The book is packed with tales of larger-than-life antics and wacky experiences. There are brilliant descriptions of coming of age in the 60s and 70s, subsisting on things like tripe, onions and tinned pilchard salad and encountering such exotic fare as Lurpack butter and spaghetti bolognase for the first time.’ Observer

‘The omnipresence of telly chefs was first foreshadowed and arguably made possible, by Keith Floyd. The author of this memoir, David Pritchard, was the television-maker who plucked him from his Bristol bistro and put him on telly. Floyd’s unbuttoned style made him an instant hit.’ Daily Mail

‘Heartening – as well as very funny – to read of the lick and stick pioneering days of late 70s and 80s food programme-making. David Pritchard is a dryly companionable narrator of those trailblazing years. His captivating memoir proves that – without his sense of culinary adventure, his artfulness of the apparent insatiability of his appetite – a generation of rich, starry television cooks might never have made it quite so far, or so fast.’ Daily Telegraph

Chosen as a Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’ by Kate Colquhoun

About the Author

David Pritchard developed a passionate and undying love for food in the days of post-war rationing. This was when roast chicken was for the well-off, no one had heard of pizza and Spam fritters with chips and beans were the centrepiece of every boy’s dream. He started work in the film vault at Southern Television and joined the BBC as a film editor in Newcastle-on-Tyne, eventually making it as a television producer when he discovered Keith Floyd in a restaurant in Bristol. He has also produced and directed all of Rick Stein's television programmes.


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