Wright was someone who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her
career spanned being a barrister at Grey's Inn, to working in two
cookbook stores, to cooking in a club and most famously, travelling
around the UK in a motorcycle and sidecar with Jennifer Paterson,
as The Two Fat Ladies.
The Two Fat Ladies were unlikely TV stars - two overweight,
middle-aged women, who loved food and life. But their TV show
became immensely popular, in the UK and around the world, and
numerous cookbooks. Clarissa was also a lover of
cookbooks, working in two cookbook stores - Books for Cooks in
London's Notting Hill and the Cook's Book Shop in Edinburgh.
I remember her at Books for Cooks, doling out expert advice
to anyone who asked.
In later life she became more controversial, with her opinions
on hunting (pro) and badger culling (she suggested eating the
carcasses and gave recipes). But she was always entertaining and
was extremely knowledgeable on food history, especially British
food. Her spokeswoman Heather Holden-Brown said
"In recent years, she often said 'I've had a fantastic
life and I've done everything I could have wanted to do and more'."
What a great epitaph!
Read the obituaries in the BBC, The London Evening Standard,
and The Guardian.