A Feast of Floyd - Keith FloydLondon: Diamond Books, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper nicked at the top corner of the upper panel, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Recipes; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “For Floyd, fun is the first ingredient in any recipe. Scorning an academic, high-faluting approach to food, he believes that simplicity is the key to good cooking. ‘Don’t over-egg the omelette!’ Instead, concentrate on the fundamentals of fresh ingredients, chosen carefully and cooked perfectly.
A Feast of Floyd is his most complete and wide-ranging cookbook — the first to encompass more than a single culinary subject or region. It is also, in the words of the man himself, ‘personal, opinionated and biased!’ He writes from unique experience, having cooked in his own restaurants in Britain and Provence and presented five award-winning BBC TV series on food.
In this book Floyd adroitly combines flair and informality with the love and devotion to detail that good food deserves. He presents over 400 of his all-time favourite recipes — from childhood delights of Faggots and Peas and Mum’s Old-fashioned Bread Pudding, to far-flung feasts from India, China and Japan, and sophisticated dishes from the restaurants of his favourite chefs.
A feast does not have to be grand: a wonderful Beef Stew or Fish Pie with Lemon Sauce can be as tasty as an extravagant banquet. Floyd gives the recipe for perfect Mushrooms on Toast. Yet his genuine enthusiasm for good food will equally encourage fellow gastronauts to rise to the challenge of Orange Bavarois in Chocolate Genoese Sponge.
Throughout, Floyd handles the bain-marie with bonhomie. He introduces the book with a hilarious account of his early life and formative adventures. The recipes are enlivened by his typically irreverent comments, practical advice, and tips on what tipple to enjoy with which dish, plus amusing anecdotes of his exploits in the kitchen. All in all, it’s a veritable feast of Floyd. t”