In Conversation: Claudia Roden

An evening delving into the life and work of Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden, who grew up in Egypt, is a pioneering cookery writer with a special interest in the social, historical and cultural background of food. The publication of her A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968 is said to have revolutionised Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa. Her other books include Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean Cookery; Arabesque: a Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon; The Book of Jewish Food; The Food of Spain; and The Food of Italy: Region by Region. She is an honorary fellow at SOAS and University College London and president of the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery.

Interviewer: Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is an experienced journalist who has written extensively for The Independent and The New Statesman. He has broadcast for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and been on the judging panel for the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. This year, he is chairing the judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize.

Buy tickets for 14th June

As part of the In Conversation series, Claudia Roden and Pierre Koffmann will each spend an evening on stage at Borough Market, talking in depth about their life and work. For more information and tickets for Pierre's talk on Tuesday 28th June, head over to the event page here.