Elisabeth Luard


Elisabeth Luard

Elisabeth Luard is a much acclaimed food writer with a long list of books, memoirs and journal articles, and a former Trustee Director of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. In 2016 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Guild of Food Writers.

Elisabeth visited Talking Of Food recently to record extracts from her latest book Squirrel Pie and Other Stories.  She also talked to Anne Dolamore, and their conversation ranged from her childhood abroad and her years spent in Andalusia with a young family, to her perception of the current state of cookery in the UK.

Watch the interview here




Squirrel Pie (and other stories), Adventures in Food Across the Globe


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Squirrel Pie (and other stories) is the latest in a long list of highly acclaimed publications by artist, journalist and food writer, Elisabeth Luard. Subtitled Adventures in Food Across the Globe, this is indeed an exciting and entertaining journey through forests, over islands and rivers and into deserts, revealing how terrain influences the food we eat as she shares tales and dishes gathered on her travels.

The author has recorded an introduction to the four passages she has chosen to read from the book.  

Listen here






The Trawlermen

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In the 1950s Grimsby was the largest fishing port in the world.  As a result of the Cod Wars with Iceland, this once great industry has been decimated over the last fifty years. The docks, once bustling, are now desolate and left to crumble.

This film is a short tribute to the men who manned the trawlers in all weathers and conditions.


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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Hot on the heels of our Rosh Hashanah series comes Yom Kippur. Once again, we have an introduction to this holy day from Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler who explains the meaning and practices of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In part 2, Silvia Nacamulli and Sula Leon discuss the foods they prepare for the festive meal and the different ways in which they break the Yom Kippur fast.

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Brick Lane

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Brick Lane in London's East End has been the home to an ever-changing community over the last five or six decades.

Elliot Lang interviews his grandfather, a local resident who remembers the days when Brick Lane reflected its predominantly Jewish population. One product has remained constant throughout - the  bagel,  which has always been a feature of this vibrant market street.  Watch the film and enjoy.

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Paul Levy 4Salad dressing is Paul Levy’s latest topic. Growing up in Kentucky in the 1950s, salad dressing came ready made in bottles.  Memories of the different brands and styles available in bottled form hark back to a time when that vital ingredient, olive oil, was generally unavailable in the USA (or indeed the UK). A distant recollection of  a small tin of olive oil brought back from France by a rich aunt after a trip to Europe for the Festival of Britain in 1951 is among the many anecdotes he relates in this most entertaining podcast. There is more; he gives us his formula, and method, for achieving a first class salad. Enjoy!

Listen to Salad Dressing here

On the same topic:

Listen to Dumas on Salad, a reading from Alexandre Dumas’s Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine about an impoverished aristocrat, M. d’Albignac, who made his fortune in England on the strength of his salad dressings.

Watch a discussion on olive oil between publisher Anne Dolamore, author of The Essential Olive Oil Companion, and Charles Carey of The Oil Merchant.


It's Complicated



Meryl Streep occasionally lets her hair down and when she does she's sexy and fun. Watch her teach Steve Martin how to make a chocolate croissant in It's Complicated.


The GM Debates

One of the most contentious issues facing governments and the food industry is the subject of Genetically Modified Food. Argument has raged for years as to whether it should be banned or embraced. Scaremongering headlines such "Frankenfood" have sometimes drowned a more sober assessment of its risk and/or benefits. However, there is one thing both sides are agreed on and that is the growth of the world's population and the problem of feeding it in the future.

In order to understand in layman's language - in as much as it can be - the pros and cons of this deeply divisive subject, we invited experts from both sides of the divide to argue their case. A policy decision was taken by us that there was to be no editorial bias and so the debates are totally unedited.  They have been broken into parts for ease of watching as each one runs over an hour.  

To our knowledge, this is the first and only such series of debates and is intended to be a permanent record of an issue that affects us all.

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Agricultural journalist and author, Diane Montague, interviews Vivian Moses, Visiting Professor of Biotechnology at King's College London, and the resulting discussion sets out what GM is and what the major issues are. It is a fitting introduction to the discussions which will follow. Watch video

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Jonathan Jones, FRS, Professor of Biology at the University of East Anglia, head to head with Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association. Watch video

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A group of experts from both sides of the GM divide argue their case for best solving the impending world food shortage. They are: Professor Cathie Martin of UEA, Dr.Rupert Read of the Green Party and Dr. Charlie Clutterbuck of City University. Watch video

GM Food Debates Audio Broadcast


A wide ranging and informative discussion with Michael Summers, an independent consultant specialising in plant breeding and biotechnology. Listen to audio