Fabulous Fanny Cradock : TV's Outrageous Queen of Cuisine Paperback / softback
by Clive Ellis
Paperback / softback
While Fanny Cradock cut a controversial figure â€“ berating Margaret Thatcher for wearing â€˜cheap shoes and clothesâ€™, writing off Eamonn Andrews as a â€˜blundering amateurâ€™ and famously being forced to apologise for insulting a housewife cook on The Big Time â€“ her cookery programmes were enormously popular. Dressed in evening gown, drop earrings and pearls, donning thick make-up, she boomed orders to her partner Johnnie, a gentle, monocled stooge who was portrayed as an amiable drunk.
The programmes were watched by millions and were hugely influential: the Queen Mother told Fanny that she and Johnnie were â€˜mainly responsibleâ€™ for the improvement in catering standards since the war; Keith Floyd declared that â€˜she changed the whole nationâ€™s cooking attitudesâ€™; for Esther Rantzen â€˜she created the cult of the TV chefâ€™. Lavishly illustrated and illuminated by amusing facts and anecdotes, Fabulous Fanny Cradock paints a fun, entertaining portrait of this extraordinary woman.
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