Claudia Roden with Jay Rayner

Claudia Roden

Chair: Jay Rayner

27/02/2022 12:45 pm
Kings Place, H1

A unique chance to see two of the most influential figures in British cuisine and best-loved writers in conversation. 30 years after her first Mediterranean cookbook was published Claudia Roden, credited with revolutionising Western attitudes to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, returns to the topic. Called “a palpable instant classic” by Nigella Lawson, Med: A Cookbook takes us from Provence to Petra, Madrid to Morocco, as she shares a life’s worth of travelling and stories along with the food she cooks now.

She will be in conversation with another Jewish Book Week favourite, the award-winning writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner, Observer restaurant critic since 1999 and author of books including Chewing the Fat and My Last Supper.

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Click here to buy a copy of  Med by Claudia Roden and Chewing the Fat by Jay Rayner

Claudia Roden


Claudia Roden is a food writer with a special interest in the social, cultural and historical background of food. She is based in the UK. Roden grew up in Cairo, went to school in Paris and came to London to study art. She revolutionised Western attitudes to Middle Eastern cuisines with her bestselling A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968 and went on to publish multiple bestsellers including the international award-winning The Book of Jewish Food. She is president of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery and an Honorary Fellow of SOAS and UCL Universities.
Her latest book Med is her most personal - of remembered people and places, glorious food and magic moments in her travels around the Mediterranean, what she cooks today for family and friends.
Image cr Jamie Lau, Waitrose & Partners Food

Jay Rayner


Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, perhaps best known as the restaurant critic since 1999 for The Observer. Jay appears regularly on TV, including on Masterchef. He is the presenter of The Kitchen Cabinet on Radio 4, a food panel show which reaches an audience of over 2 million people and hosts the hit Out To Lunch podcast. He has published a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction, his most recent being My Last Supper, about his search for his last meal on earth, and Chewing The Fat, a collection of his columns. He performs live across the country, both in one man shows based on his books, and as pianist with his jazz quartet which was born at Jewish Book Week in 2012.  Image cr. Johh Arandhara

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