Sunday, 7 January 2007

Fanny Cradock Fanatic!

I always find it strange how I develop an obsession for something...Fanny Cradock is another one of those mysteries. I can't remember how I exactly discovered her but now I just can't get enough of her! Fanny Cradock was a very kitsch, hardened cook who became famous as the first celebrity chef. Not only was she famous for her green, piped mashed potato, blue hard-boiled eggs (dyed with food colouring) or her extreme obsession with French cuisine, but also her scary attitude. Placing herself on a pedal stool where she looked down at anyone not knowing the principles and traditions of French cookery, she soon gained a reputation. Even today, many men would quiver at the thought of beoing told off by Fanny- she had serious authority over everyone around her. Not to mention the rumours that she only fed her husband Johnny, sardine sandwiches everyday. It seems ironic as she was know for her elaborate cooking. She was in control. Full stop.


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Writing about her and trying to get original footage has proven very difficult as it is so old but all my Fanny Cradock Christmas' came at once when I got in contact with a lovely food writer form Switzerland called Maki. She very kindly sent me five origianl programmes of Fanny Cradock and the recent drama of her life; Fear of Fanny (many of you might have seen it on TV recently) Her kindeness has enabled me to progress with my work so much more efficiently than I origianlly thought would be possible and for that I am soooo grateful. So if any of you out there reading this also develop a sudden obsession with Mrs Cradock, you know where to come to get some footage. I would be happy to pass one strangers kindness onto others. Least I could do. Nighty night. L xx


Maki's blog and websites:

www.makikoitoh.com
www.justhungry.com

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