Vegetarians and the faint of heart, beware! But for everyone else, the Two Fat Ladies are back, and they are simply spectacular. In this British television series, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright cook for lunch, cocktail party, afternoon tea, picnic, breakfast, or dinner and travel (by motorcycle and sidecar) to a different location in each episode to cook a requested meal--usually laden with cream, butter, and meats (Jennifer notes of one tartine: "Delicious, despite its vegetarian overtones"). Yes, this is a cooking show, but with Jennifer and Clarissa's patter, it has the feel of a comedy. As they whip up Loin of Pork Stuffed with Mushrooms and a pot of Clam Chowder, the Two Fat Ladies sing the praises of bacon (Clarissa hints at a risqué past when she notes that bacon is a great hangover cure; not that she gets hangovers anymore. Other allusions to falling off barstools and beer for breakfast are dotted throughout). The meals look sumptuous--salmon soaked in wine and topped with orange rings, Brazilian bean fritters, fruit tartlets, vichyssoise, and so much more--and it's terrific fun following the women as they go sightseeing (a motorcycle rally, watching a male choir, on a quest for the perfect drink at the Brazilian embassy, at a brewery, picking strawberries). Jennifer is likely to break out in song or rhyme, and Clarissa tells interesting facts and gossip from her life. They chitchat about tips for picking up men, the fact that nutmeg is a hallucinogenic, the beauty of British military boys, how you can't get crackling in Scotland or France. So, be prepared to learn how to core a kidney (and who knew kidneys needed coring?), make cracker crumbs, and laugh along at the antics of these two rather large women. The Two Fat Ladies are destined to become a cooking classic. The four-season, 24-episode DVD set includes biographies of Paterson and Wright, a documentary tribute to Paterson, and a recipe booklet. --Jenny Brown
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Two Fat Ladies Cookbook
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"An antidote to solemn cooking shows" -- The Boston Globe "An Anglophile’s delight" -- The Boston Globe "Go-for-the-gusto cooking style" -- The Wall Street Journal
With an outsized passion for fun, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright take cooking and conversation to places where ordinary food shows dare not go. These eccentric dames crisscross the British Isles on their Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle and sidecar, preparing sumptuous feasts for all manner of folks, from lumberjacks to teenage lacrosse players. They shun faddish, health-conscious fare in favor of big, old-fashioned flavor -- usually enhanced by bacon, cream, and butter.
All the while, the ladies hilariously hold forth on every topic under the sun, often bursting into song as the spirit moves them. Their generous wit and lust for life remind us that fine cooking -- like fine dining -- always goes better in good company.
Join Jennifer and Clarissa on all 24 of their adventures, from a Benedictine abbey to the Brazilian embassy. As Jennifer would say, "Quelle treat!" As seen on Food Network and public television.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE bios of Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, documentary tribute to Jennifer Patterson, and a recipe booklet.
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