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Food : a 20th-century anthology
Dickson Wright, Clarissa.
Publication Information:
London : Ebury Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1999.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GT2860 .F67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order


Author Notes

Clarissa Dickson Wright was born on June 24, 1947. At the age of 21, she became the country's youngest female barrister. Her career as a barrister at Gray's Inn ended due to her battle with alcohol. After leaving law, she worked as a cook at St James's club and in private houses before managing the Books for Cooks Shop in London and then the Cooks Book Shop in Edinburgh. She also ran her own catering business, worked on a yacht in the Caribbean, and became one of only two women in England to become a guild butcher.

She and Jennifer Paterson became the TV cookery duo Two Fat Ladies, which ran for four seasons before the death of Paterson in 1999. Afterward, Dickson Wright appeared in the series Clarissa and the Countryman, which ran until 2003. She also worked with students as the Rector of the University of Aberdeen from 1998 to 2004. She wrote several books including Spilling the Beans, Rifling through My Drawers, and Clarissa's England. She died on March 15, 2014 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Just about everyone recognizes Clarissa Dickson Wright as half of television's Two Fat Ladies. Wright's gusto and zest for life and good food and drink shines through Food, an anthology of food writing. Although few recipes grace these pages, the brief excerpts from a wide range of authors celebrate passion for well-prepared food and lusty living. Under the heading "Queer" appears a delightful rendition of ways to make hedgehog and squirrel palatable. Brilliant photos and bright reproductions of wartime posters make the book a graphic-design treasure. Wright's beloved television persona will increase demand for this book.