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British Library Food Season

April 1 - May 31



Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal and Yotam Ottolenghi are just some of the names featuring in The British Library’s Food Season: a series of talks, workshops and tastings inspired by the library’s extensive food-related collections. Topics such as the narrative of cookery books, food inequality and the sensuality of food will be discussed by the stellar line up of chefs, with highlights including:

  • Chef and restaurant owner Yotam Ottolenghi on the role upbringing and genes play in shaping how we enjoy food
  • Chef Heston Blumenthal and composer Dominic Murcott on the relationship between food and music through live performances, micro experiments and tastings
  • Food writers Nigella Lawson, Bee Wilson and Ella Risbridger on the role of voice, narrative and storytelling in cookery books
  • Chocolat author Joanne Harris reflecting on the sensuality of food in fiction
  • Restaurant critic and MasterChef judge Jay Rayner hosting a special recording of BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet
  • Restaurant critic Grace Dent and food writer, journalist and activist Jack Monroe discussing food inequality and poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Cake decorating with Le Cordon Bleu
  • A workshop on how to write a cookbook with food writers Sybil Kapoor and Jenny Winford
  • Food journalist Dan Saladino alongside a panel of experts and producers on sustainable farming and eating

Polly Russell, Curator for Contemporary Politics and Public Life at the British Library curator and food historian, said: “Whether it is handwritten manuscripts of printed cookery books, letters and diaries revealing the intimate details of eating habits or in-depth oral histories of food producers, food is present in the British Library’s collections and I am thrilled the Library will be hosting its second Food Season this spring.  With such a range of topics and such wonderful speakers it is incredibly hard, impossible even, to decide what I’m most excited about this year but – with my historian’s hat on – the evolution of the kitchen and the discussion of cookbook design are a big draw.”


British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB


1 April – 31 May 2019


Tickets from £12, book via bl.uk – priority booking is available to members from 1 March and tickets will be on general sale from 8 March.


April 1
May 31
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The British Library
96 Euston Rd
Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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