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The extraordinary story of an iconic cookery writer. Claudia remembers her early life in Cairo and the nostalgic dishes of her childhood.

Claudia Roden's A Book of Middle Eastern Food was a landmark cookery book, first published in 1968. At a time when most Britons were enjoying cauliflower cheese and soggy Spaghetti Bolognese on a regular basis, she introduced chick peas, sharp flavoured marinades, aubergines and her most popular recipe - orange and almond cake.

She is a cookery writer whose love of cooking and exploration of culture through recipes has placed her in a unique role. Jay Rayner of The Kitchen Cabinet describes her as 'One of the greatest British food writers working in Britain today - one before whom the likes of Nigel Slater, Simon Hopkinson, Nigella and Delia will all willingly bend the knee."

Claudia was born in 1936 in Cairo. She was a foreign food correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times Magazine. Later, she hosted a BBC TV series, Claudia Roden's Mediterranean Cookery, and has won many awards and trophies.

With cameos from Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia's granddaughter, Nelly Wolman, this entertaining dramatisation shines a light on an extraordinary global cook, still traveling the world sharing recipes and cultures.

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Claudia remembers her early life in Cairo and the nostalgic dishes of her childhood.

The dramatist Anjum Malik is an established scriptwriter, poet and performer. She is also a lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was born in Saudi Arabia and has lived in Pakistan as well several cities in England.

Cast
Claudia Roden....................Tracy-Ann Oberman
Nelly Douek........................Ann Marcuson
Cesar Douek........................David Fleeshman
Interviewer/Auntie................Perveen Hussain

Dramatist.....................Anjum Malik
Sound Design..................Eloise Whitmore
Producers........................Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Executive Producer...............Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 2 Apr 2018 19:45

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Role Contributor
Claudia Roden Tracy-Ann Oberman
Nelly Douek Ann Marcuson
Cesar Douek David Fleeshman
Interviewer Perveen Hussain
Auntie Perveen Hussain
Author Claudia Roden
Adaptor Anjum Malik
Producer Polly Thomas
Producer Eloise Whitmore

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