This is BRIEF NOTE on the event.
Last evening I had the good fortune of attending BoroughTalks, at the Borough Market, London, which is London’s most renowned market; a source of exceptional British and International food, celebrating a thousand glorious years.
The centuries old market being a bustle of activity during the day, such events do of course take on a mandatory evening role. I wouldn’t have missed this for anything.
One of the largest and oldest markets in London surely is going to be unmissable. I wasn’t wrong.
I got down from the comfortable national rail at London Bridge and started making my way towards the underground station, beside which stands the beautiful wholesale market in Southwark, central London.
After a warm, prompt greeting at the gates, the neatly arranged handouts along the benches greeted me surrounded by food enthusiasts from all over. A tidily organized array of cook books adorned a small table at the side. I stepped over there drawn to the book with an unassuming cover – ‘Made in India; Cooked in Britain’ by Meera Sodha.
She was the reason I was there. One of the panelists at the talk. A cook, a food writer and the author of the best selling cookery book which was shortlisted by the Financial Times, Times and Sunday Times as the cookery book of the year 2014.
The stage was all set and so were the benches.
I was not disappointed . Following her responses to the ‘questions’ by Giles Webster, the host for the evening, I felt drawn to her book more so, on following her calm, unassuming, honest responses; every single one of which seemed to make sense. If you were one amongst the crowd you would have found yourself nodding to many of the things she explained, as did many of us.
Why would you buy a cook book? What would you look for in it?
She expressed –
Inject passion and fun, retain authenticity
I bet these are some of the things that would draw me in to read a cook book, not simply images and pages and pages of recipes. Would you agree?
Every recipe should have a story, a reason for being in the book
Some other little things such as ‘Why toast your nuts?’ when shared as wisdom by an experienced cook via his/her book is sure to leave you wiser
as she explained further.
Isn’t writing a blog enough? Surely the first thing anybody does when confronted with a ‘need to cook NOW’ situation would be to browse online. Why a book??
To this as expressed by Stephanie Jackson, the Publishing Director at Octopus, cook-books such as ‘Persiana‘ and Pitt Cue Co‘ included in her commissions, as also the Reader’s Digest,
Do Write A Book – a collective body of work in its physical presence has a charm and need of it’s own. And ah! you will need to make sure you seduce your reader (and definitely the publisher!), get them interested and No repetitive recipes will do of course.
With further wise inputs by Ed Smith, a food writer, Creative Director at Cannon & Cannon and the author of the award-winning blog Rocket & Squash; Mark Hix, Chef, restaurateur and award-winning food writer; author of several cook-books on British Cuisine; the talk came to end with a couple of questions thrown in by the audience.
We could have done with a better sound system for sure, with the market placed directly underneath live train tracks, many wise words remained drowned in the noise. Perhaps additional speakers at the back would have done the trick ??
pic courtesy Borough Market, Georgie Hodgson
With all the foodietalk surely the much-awaited climax has got to be the FOOD! Cheese, breadsticks in little boats, the gazpacho, courtesy Brindisa; sausage rolls, scotch eggs by The Ginger Pig, Bread Ahead Bakery and ; not to mention the brownies, puddings; all paired with drinks and wine by Cartwright Bros.
Before long it was time to head towards the station. The journey, however was a pleasant one with memories from the evening not to mention the trains being on time!
I for sure am buying a few cook books ….writing one, down the line too.. Thank you to all the panelists and Borough Market. Do check out Boroughtalks for more such foodie talks and events!