From basic ingredients and utensils, through pastes, sauces and dips, rices, noodles, Thai salads and soups, fish, meat and deserts, Keith Floyd introduces you to the basics of Thai cooking in his own inimitable casual style and gets to the heart of Thai food — tasty food that is quick and easy to prepare and perfect to share with friends and families.
Until his death in Keith devoted his life to cooking, except for a few brief excursions into the army and the antiques and wine trades. He presented 14 highly successful television cookery and travel series, and was the author of 15 bestselling books. When not hurtling around the world, he spent his time fishing and sailing in Marbella, Spain.
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The Sandman. In reality, his regiment was stationed in Germany where, though he was only a subaltern, his responsibilities extended to the meals in the officers' mess.
On those nights that he was on duty the cooks were encouraged to produce high-falutin' French dishes in preference to roast meat and two veg. His catering skills, however, did nothing to prolong his military career, which was soon abandoned for an Orwellian stint of kitchen portering and restaurant work in London and France, before he returned to the West Country in Somehow, and somewhere, he had learned enough about cookery to open Floyd's Bistro in Bristol, in the Georgian district of Clifton, where the posh people, students and broadcasters lived.
Floyd was a natural cook of great skill, and a restaurateur and host of effervescent charm.
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However, he was an appalling businessman who rarely kept hold of his money for long enough to pay the bills that mattered, while often charging his customers over the odds for his wares. His perception of the ambivalent role of the restaurateur — somewhere between pander and provider — was clear and forcefully expressed, sometimes too forcefully for his own good. His first Bristol period ended in the sale of the restaurant in the early s.
Floyd took off on his yacht, Flirty, to lotus-eat in the Mediterranean for a couple of years.
When money got tight, he began exporting antiques to France and importing wine to England. Not far from Avignon, its main claim to fame is that it contains the greatest concentration of antique shops in mainland France and counting. It says much for Floyd's bravura that he succeeded where many Englishmen have failed.
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Success, though, is a relative term and when he did return to Bristol in it was without a penny to his name. He was only able to go back into business, with another restaurant called Floyd's, courtesy of friends who stumped up the capital as advances on meals yet to be cooked. Extravagance, incompetence and the VAT bill would have done for him a third and even final time had he not been rescued by unlikely fame in broadcasting.
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The chain of coincidence began with a small book from a local publisher called Floyd's Food , with a foreword by the actor Leonard Rossiter which led to minute recipe chats on the Bristol station Radio West; these in turn developed into a short-lived yet garrulous phone-in. By then something of a local hero, he was tried out on TV, where his first foray culminated with him roasting a guinea fowl complete with giblets in their plastic bag a Julia Child moment.
This might have come to nothing had not Pritchard been relocated to Plymouth and able to propose a new series on fish cookery.
A pilot show was made at the end of and Floyd On Fish went out in the summer of Pritchard's style of direction was exactly suited to that of his presenter. Inspired by chaos, Floyd would address the crew as often as the camera, would get palpably squiffy as programmes wore on, would indulge in any manner of derring-do from playing rugby with Welshmen to shooting seals and eating puffins and would be lovably madcap. Yet the cookery content was red-hot, copper-bottomed stuff.
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