There are few things that the delicious. team like more than a good food book, be it a volume of recipes from a brilliant chef or food writer, a foodie travelogue about a far-flung country or an in-depth study of a single cuisine (here’s a selection of our favourites). The best cookery books are sources of inspiration and indispensable allies in times of culinary need.
So, what could be better than a great food book? Well, meeting the authors of great food books, who can bring their paper creations to real life – and that’s just what book publishers Bloomsbury plan to do with a new series of talks called Bloomsbury Cooks.
The first of the Bloomsbury Cooks series kicks off at Bloomsbury’s London HQ on Thursday 29 November with two authors, Kate Colquhoun and Lawrence Norfolk, who will discuss food’s relationship with history and how it reflects society. Kate is the author of Taste: The Story of Britain Through its Cooking and Lawrence’s new book, John Saturnall’s Feast, traces the rise of an orphaned boy who becomes the greatest cook of his age, set against the backdrop pf the Civil War.
Similar talks and events are planned throughout 2013. “We are creating a programme of events that give you the chance to eat at the restaurants and meet the chefs behind our cookbooks, learn the tricks of the trade that make them seem like geniuses, or hear about the people and places that inspire their cooking,” say the good folk at Bloomsbury. We’ll definitely be there on the 29th to hear what the first pair of authors have to say.
Hope to see you there too – and keep an eye out for Bloomsbury's upcoming literary events for the latest news and happenings.