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He was the first celebrity chef, the swashbuckling cook who crossed the high seas, on a BBC budget, communicating his love of food to millions of viewers. Make a wonderful dish and have a bloody good time: that was the criteria of Keith Floyd's mission (a mission that lasted several decades). Along the way he inspired a generation of men to get into the kitchen. After starting out in a hotel kitchen in Bristol, he made and lost fortunes, was married four times, and dealt with a level of fame that bemused him. Now, in his honest and revealing memoir, completed just before he died, Keith reflects on the ups and downs of his career. Above all, the much loved, often copied, Keith Floyd whooshes the reader through his adventures, from the hilarious to the downright lunatic. As irrepressible, funny and charming as Keith himself, Stirred But Not Shaken is a must-read for anyone who loves life, food, women . . . and a quick slurp.
Stirred but Not Shaken in Life and in the Arts. Memoirs with a Twist. Biographies and stories of unusual cultures, people, places and events enrich our lives. They may spotlight opportunities that we were not aware of before, warn us about possible perils and pitfalls, decrease our phobias of the unfamiliar, and help us to be more sensitive of others. They may give insight into individual character and artistic creations. They sometimes help us to realize the interconnections and Oneness of Us All. They should expand our wisdom as they expand our world view. I would be happy if " Stirred But Not Shaken" nudges the reader toward any of these benefits, if only by one minuscule step. It was not easy comparing these memoirs with others. It is easy to say there are few others like it. Noah Adams' " Piano Lessons, Love, and True Adventures" (1997) is not terribly dissimilar, but it spans only one year of time. Moss Hart's " Act One" (1959) and Bob Dylan's " Chronicles" (2004) are engaging autobiographies, but they focus strictly on adventures in the theater and in the life of a troubadour, respectively. Karen Armstrong4s " The Spiral Staircase" (2004) is engrossing, but since I have never been a nun, our escapades are hardly comparable. Dan Savage4s " The Commitment" (2005) deals hilariously with some of the same subjects in my memoirs, but from quite a different perspective. Robert Pirsig's " Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (1974) bares a closer resemblance to my book, but only because of its breadth and its form. Pirsig's tale, of course, was not just a trendy, flash-in-the-pan best seller. It is a classic that many are still reading even after three decades. In a rare delusion of grandeur, I fancy it as a stepping stone to my own writings. A cross-country motorcycle trip provides the continuity of " Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, " while topics such as Eastern philosophy, values, science, religion, and humanism constitute the rest stops. The unifying thread in " Stirred But Not Shaken" is my trip through life itself, while the experiences of a teacher, musician, actor, critic and aesthete provide a variety of viewpoints along the way. The thoughts in my book do not reach the lofty philosophic and spiritual heights of Pirsig's or Armstrong's, but they do offer fleeting glances at the Buddhist theory of Karma and reincarnation, a subject that Americans have been showing increasing interest. Pirsig divides human understanding into two kinds, the classical and the romantic. These understandings can also be seen notably in the arts, which Curt Sachs described so well in " The Commonwealth of Art" (1946). I do not pursue these subjects directly as Pirsig has done, but I do deal briefly with related matters: aesthetics, style, and some criteria of artistic judgment which appear in the second half of my memoirs. As a college professor, these drifts have often embellished my lectures in music history. I hasten to add that my memoirs do not resemble an academic book in the slightest. All of the topics cited above are but side trips and excursions. I have tried to include sly touches of humor everywhere. Even my academic book, which was published in the '80s (" Music, Mode and Words in Lasso's Last Works" ), does not resemble an academic book. For example, I wrote the following about it in " Stirred But Not Shaken" (Chapter 26): " An academician from Fresno found my writing style wearing. While rereading the Preface recently, I did feel a brief out-of-the-body- experience. But nothing tiring. An explanation: The troubles that I was having in the '80s caused me to lose my balance sometimes, and to bend over backwards to regain equipoise. To counter my heavy heart, I felt compelled
Mohit came to Delhi from a small town to make it big. He is quite sorted, with a comfortable place to stay, a well-paying job, and a few friends and loved ones. Despite that, he is quite stirred by the way things happen in the city. When he bags a job in a multinational ad agency, he does not know that getting a job and keeping it are two very different ball games. Natasha is stunningly beautiful and overly ambitious, and their lives get entangled when she falls for him. But is this true love, or is there something more to it? Parvathi helps him and guides him through the maze that the workplace is. A dusky beauty with a free spirit, she feels love is an overrated emotion and all men are the same. When bosses and colleagues toss him around, it will take Mohit a lot more than just friends and love to stay Stirred But Not Shaken.
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