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Two Lives in Food

Sunday 26 March 2017

1 Hour


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£15 - £20

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Anna Del Conte, the doyenne of Italian cookery, and her most ardent advocate, Nigella Lawson, explore the art of food writing and reflect on their fascinating lives and careers. 
Del Conte’s books include Italian Kitchen and The Classic Food of Northern Italy, which in 1996 won the Guild of Food Writers Book Award. Amongst her many accolades she received the Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiano in 2010 from the President of Italy in recognition of her role in keeping alive Italy’s good image in the UK.  She was also awarded the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Lawson read medieval and modern languages at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and went on to become deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times. In 1998 she wrote her first cookbook, How To Eat, The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, and now has ten bestselling books to her name with over five million sales in the UK alone.  Lawson has made several hit television series, which are aired across the globe. She was voted Author of the Year in the British Book Awards 2000, Best Food Personality by readers of Observer Food Monthly in 2014, and Television Personality of the Year at the 2016 Fortnum & Mason Awards.

Here they talk to Donald Sloan, chair of The Oxford Cultural Collective, a specialist centre for the study of food, drink and culture. He is also head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.