The British Library Food Season 2019 Events featuring Women In The Food Industry

The British Library are running another season of last year’s highly popular talks, workshops and courses on food, all inspired by their extensive food-related collections.  Many of the events feature prominent women in the food industry, including a discussion on embracing plant based ingredients by Women in the Food Industry (WiFi) supporter, Chantelle Nicholson of the library’s neighbouring restaurant, The Gilbert Scott. The events started on in early April and run until late May 2019. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, highlights some of her favourites.

15th April – 7pm – 8.30pm – Joanne Harris – Food in Fiction

Joanne Harris Food in Fiction

How do you write about the sensuality of food in fiction? Author of the best-selling novel  Chocolat Joanne Harris reflects on her work and the place of food in her novels, including her new book, The Strawberry Thief, the compelling and long-awaited sequel to  Chocolat, published 20 years after the original. Joanne will be in conversation with James Runcie, author of ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’ and The Discovery of Chocolate.

18th April – 7pm- 8.30pm – Cookbook Design That Changed the Way We Eat

Cookbook Design that Changed the Way We Eat
“It’s said that we ‘eat with our eyes’, so how does the design of cookery books shape how and what we choose to cook?” This panel discussion is led by acclaimed designer Caz Hildebrand, of Here Design,  who has designed many bestselling cookbooks including those by Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi.

23rd April – 7.15pm- 8.30pm – Cookery Writers as National Treasures

How do cookbook writers become national treasures?

In an illustrated talk Janet Floyd looks at the following question “Since Eliza Acton and Mrs Beeton, some cookery book writers have taken on iconic status and continue to be celebrated long after their deaths. How does this happen?  …. We often know them by their first names – ‘Jamie’ or ‘Nigella’ – or we associate them with a certain approach – as in ‘doing a Delia’ – or with a historical moment – as with Marguerite Patten. Some figures, Elizabeth David for example, have become a touchstone in histories of cookery and lifestyle. But what makes these people stand out? How are such reputations constructed?

10th  May 2019 – 7pm – 8.30pm –  Women Cheesemakers Past, Present and Future

Women Cheesemakers Past Present and Future

Meet the female cheesemakers transforming the field of cheese by championing the revival of British territorial cheese production. With Neal’s Yard Dairy’s Bronwen Percival, and cheesemakers Mrs Ruth Kirkham of award winning Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese and Carrie Rimes. The ticket includes cheese samples!

16th May 2019 – 7.30pm- 9pm – Nadiya Hussain and Sara Cox in Conversation

Two well-loved British women from the worlds of food and music Nadia Hussain and Sara Cox reflect on their upbringings and careers, the roles they’ve had to play along the way, and what it means to be a working woman in the public eye

20th May 2019 – 7pm – 8.30pm – How to Write a Cookbook

Sybil Kapoor and Jenny Linford

What really goes into making a cookbook? Take a peek behind the scenes with two highly respected food writers, Sybil Kapoor and Jenny Linford, to find out about the process of writing and creating a cookbook. In what is sure to be a fascinating talk, Jenny and Sybil share their trials, tribulations and top tips.

23rd May 2019 7pm – 8.30pm  – Chantelle Nicholson’s Planted

Award-winning  chef, author and champion of plant-based cooking, and WiFi supporter Chantelle Nicholson shares her thoughts on how and why we should embrace plant-based ingredients.  “As plant-based forms of eating grow in profile and popularity, broaden your horizons by learning more about plant-based ingredients and potential ways of using them in your own cooking.”

Chantelle Nicholson Website image
Chantelle’s event includes a demonstration and small plant-based samples.

The Food Season runs until 30th May  2019 at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB.

Watch this space for our own new season of events including a number with Chantelle Nicholson – Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants and chef patron of Tredwells. 

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