The collective knowledge and wit of Matthew Fort and Jonathan Meades make this conversation one to savour! The iconoclastic Jonathan Meades is often considered to have been the best of all food critics during his tenure at the Times, and is still regarded by many as supreme.
Josceline Dimbleby visited Talking Of Food to record a reading from Orchards in the Oasis, her book of recipes, travels and memories.
Before the recording started, she talked to Helen Garlick about the book and their conversation ranged from Josceline’s earliest food influences and cooking in a London bedsit to a shared love of American brown paper grocery bags and MFK Fisher.
Kensington Place, opened in 1987, was highly influential in the future of restaurant design in Britain.The architect was Julyan Wickham who talks to Matthew Fort about the challenges of restaurant design.
"Marguerite Patten gave me my first inspiration to cook." so says Gary Rhodes. I had decided to do this lemon sponge for Sunday lunch one day. I remember turning it out at table and seeing everyone drool as this intense smell of lemon filled the room and the thick lemon sauce dripped down over the sponge." Nigel Slater writes of happy hours spent lost in her Cookery in Colour as a boy. They were not the first and nor will they be the last to be inspired by this extraordinary woman.
Matthew Fort talks to Prue Leith about, the job and obligation of the restaurant critic, celebrity chefs, The Great British Menu and more. Peppered with personal experiences and anecdotes, this witty, candid and occasionally outspoken conversation is to be savoured.
Norman Tebbit suspects that he is probably the only Member of Parliament to have written a cookbook. Anne Dolamore of Grub Street talks to Lord Tebbit about how he came to write a book on game cookery. The grandson of a butcher, he was always interested in food, and enjoyed cooking with his wife. But it was a chance conversation in his favourite butcher's shop that led to his writing The Game Cook.
"I'm not the best cook I know, I'm not the best manager and I'm not the best accountant. But I know a good one when I see one. I've been fantastic at delegation." So says Prue Leith during her conversation with Fuchsia Dunlop, herself a highly respected cook, food-writer and authority on Chinese cuisine.
Reza Mahammad, owner of the famed 'Star Of India' in Kensington, TV celebrity and much loved personality, talks about his father’s early struggles when he arrived as a stowaway in 1937. He and a handful of friends attempted to establish Indian cuisine in England and eventually succeeded in changing the eating habits of a nation.