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Nigel reflects on sugar mice and the bleak Christmas just after his mother's death, when Aunt Elvie helped him through.

In the bleak Christmas following his mother's death, the young Nigel Slater sought refuge in food. Sugar mice, pink wafers and mince pies helped him survive. So too did his Aunt Elvie who, against the wishes of his father, encouraged Nigel to cook.

Eating for England, the successor to his highly acclaimed memoir Toast, is part food memoir, part collective memory bank of a nation's taste. Using the book as source material along with further conversations with Nigel, dramatist Sarah Daniels has written a playful reimagining. A grown up Nigel - played by Julian Rhind Tutt, looks back on his childhood while caring for a now elderly, yet ever sparkling, Aunt Elvie, played by Celia Imrie.

Rich with sounds of the kitchen and recorded on location, with a cameo performance from Nigel himself.

What drives a cook to write about food? Why is there such a powerful link between memory and what we eat? And why is reading about food so irresistibly appetising?

Episode 1:
Nigel reflects on sugar mice and the bleak Christmas just after his mother's death, when Aunt Elvie helped him through.

Dramatised by Sarah Daniels
Sound design by Eloise Whitmore

Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

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Mon 29 Dec 2014 19:45

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Aunt Elvie Celia Imrie
Nigel Slater Julian Rhind-Tutt
Tony Adrian Scarborough
Young Nigel Isaac Whitmore
Author Nigel Slater
Adaptor Sarah Daniels
Director Polly Thomas
Producer Polly Thomas

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