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Cookbooks of 2015

Sheila Dillon and guests reflect on a year of cookery books and food writing.

Sheila Dillon and guests reflect on a year of cookery and food books.

Sheila is joined in the studio by Bee Wilson, historian and food writer who's about to publish First Bite: How We Learn to Eat, journalist and food writer Alex Renton, and Features Editor at trade magazine The Bookseller, Tom Tivnan.

Tim Hayward meets chef Magnus Nilsson - who has just completed a nearly 800-page work called The Nordic Cook Book, the result of an almost Herculean effort to tell the food stories of a vast region.

Sharing some of their standout books of the year are Xanthe Clay, Joanna Blythman, Gillian Carter and Diana Henry.

Presenter: Sheila Dillon
Producer: Rich Ward.

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Mon 30 Nov 2015 15:30

Books featured, in order of appearance...

 "A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III" by Nigel Slater [4th Estate]

"Slippery Noodles: A Culinary History of China" by Hsiang Ju Lin [Prospect Books]

"30 Ingredients" by Sally Clarke [Frances Lincoln]

"Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul" by Rick Stein [BBC Books]

"Sugar" by Ben Richardson [Polity]

"Summer Berries & Autumn Fruits: 120 Sensational Sweet & Savoury Recipes" by Annie Rigg [Kyle Books]

"Anna Del Conte On Pasta" by Anna Del Conte [Pavilion]

"A Modern Way to Cook" by Anna Jones [4th Estate]

"Simply Nigella" by Nigella Lawson [Chatto & Windus]

"The Diet Myth" by Tim Spector [Weidenfeld & Nicolson]

"Mamushka" by Olia Hercules [Mitchell Beazley]

"Honey & Co: The Baking Book " by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich [Saltyard Books]

"River Cottage Love Your Leftovers: Recipes for the resourceful cook" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall [Bloomsbury]

"The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets" ed. Darra Goldstein [OUP] 

"The Nordic Cook Book" by Magnus Nilsson [Phaidon]


Role Contributor
Presenter Sheila Dillon
Interviewed Guest Bee Wilson
Interviewed Guest Alex Renton
Interviewed Guest Tom Tivnan
Interviewed Guest Tim Hayward
Interviewed Guest Magnus Nilsson
Interviewed Guest Xanthe Clay
Interviewed Guest Joanna Blythman
Interviewed Guest Gillian Carter
Interviewed Guest Diana Henry
Producer Rich Ward


  • Sun 29 Nov 2015 12:32
  • Mon 30 Nov 2015 15:30

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