Claudia Roden is an incomparable figure in food. Since leaving the Cairo of her childhood and arriving in London to study at St Martin’s School of Art she has blazed a trail for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in the UK. Still working in her mid-eighties, she shares with us the stories behind her life and career, and why – when her children all left home – she set out to travel the Mediterranean alone and how that journey became her latest book, Med. (Image: Jamie Lau)
Phil Juma of Borough Market’s KUBBA joins us to talk about his Iraqi heritage and how it inspired him to leave behind a career in finance and set out to bring Iraqi food to Londoners. In a conversation that crosses the intricacies of making the kubba dumplings that Market visitors happily queue up for, to the regionality of food in Iraq, Phil shows how food can challenge and change perceptions.
Journalist and author Dan Saladino discusses his latest book, Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods & Why We Need to Save Them. From a tiny crimson pear in the west of England to pistachios in Syria and an exploding corn that might just hold the key to the future of food, Dan shares some of the produce around the world that is at risk of being lost for ever and tells the stories of the pioneering farmers, scientists, cooks and indigenous communities who are preserving food traditions and fighting for change.