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Hi.

Welcome to Desert Island Dishes. The official website for the weekly podcast where chef Margie Broadhead talks to a special guest about their life with food.

Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their Desert Island Dishes.

The act of sharing one’s favourite dishes is both deeply personal and fascinating. Margie is able to reveal a different side to the guest being interviewed and find out about much more than the dishes that have shaped their lives.

We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. Of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island. 

Each week Margie will select one of the guest's Desert Island Dishes to use as inspiration to create a recipe around. There are already lots of delicious recipes for you to look through and to inspire your cooking.

Enjoy! x

EPISODE 53: LAURA FREEMAN: ART CRITIC, JOURNALIST & AUTHOR OF THE READING CURE

EPISODE 53: LAURA FREEMAN: ART CRITIC, JOURNALIST & AUTHOR OF THE READING CURE

My  guest today is Laura Freeman.

Laura is an art critic, a writer and an author.

Her book which came out earlier this year called The Reading Cure is a very brave and thoughtful memoir about how reading about food helped her on her road to recovery from anorexia.

Laura is a truly excellent writer – having gained a double first from Cambridge and her book has had an amazing reaction.

A review in the independent said of her book :

“The Reading Cure is the work of a true-blue bibliophile, and it's impossible not to be seduced by Freeman's love of prose. It's essential reading not just for those who love food, but words.”

This was a different kind of chat in many ways – but one that I think it really important and really interesting. We do all have different relationships with food and I think its important to explore them and to talk about them and I learnt a lot from Laura plus there are some delicious goodies in here too.

Food is so much more than just the food itself – which is what this podcast talks about a lot -  I for one - remember my life through the meals I’ve eaten and the best moments with friends, or celebrating happy occasions or holidays are often centred around meals, around food and it’s such a central character in the story of so many of our lives. However, it’s wrong to think that everyone’s relationship with food is straight forwards and obviously everyone is different – there is no completely shared experience.  Laura has struggled with her appetite for food but her appetite for reading never went away and ultimately it was this that saved her and that makes for an incredibly interesting read and a very different outlook on food which I hope you will enjoy!

 

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EPISODE 54: RACHEL KHOO: COOKBOOK AUTHOR, FOOD CREATIVE & ENTREPRENEUR

EPISODE 54: RACHEL KHOO: COOKBOOK AUTHOR, FOOD CREATIVE & ENTREPRENEUR

EPISODE 52: ANNA JONES: 3 X BEST SELLING AUTHOR, CHEF & FOOD STYLIST

EPISODE 52: ANNA JONES: 3 X BEST SELLING AUTHOR, CHEF & FOOD STYLIST