One half of the Two Fat Ladies, Clarissa Dickson-Wright tells her own story in Spilling the Beans, just releasing to bookstores this week. Known all over the world for he role in the hit cooking show with partner Jennifer Paterson, Dickson-Wright's memoir was a number-one bestseller in the U.K. last year. Packed with marvelous anecdotes in an out of the kitchen, Spilling the Beans is a moving tale of an extraordinary life.
Clarissa was born into wealth and privilege, but her father, a brilliant surgeon, was an abusive drunk who forced her to eat carrots with slugs clinging to them. Determined and clever, Clarissa began a career in law and became the youngest woman ever to be called to the bar. But disaster struck when Clarissa s adored mother died suddenly. Clarissa turned to alcohol and partied away her entire inheritance. The road to recovery was long and hard, and Clarissa sought solace in the thing that had always brought her joy cooking. Two Fat Ladies became an international sensation and Clarissa found success, sobriety, and peace. Now, with the honesty and wit millions love her for, Clarissa recounts a life lived to extremes. A vivid and funny story, Spilling the Beans is also a brave and occasionally heartbreaking tale.