Book this: The British Library Food Season

Now in its second year, The British Library Food Season is in full swing this month. The event, featuring writers, historians, food experts and chefs, involves talks, tastings and workshops inspired by the Library’s food-related collections.

Polly Russell, curator for contemporary politics and public life at the Library, says: “Whether it is handwritten manuscripts of printed cookery books, letters and diaries revealing the intimate details of eating habits or in-depth oral histories of food producers, food is present in the British Library’s collections and I am thrilled the Library will be hosting its second Food Season this spring.”

Highlights this month include Nadiya Hussain talking about food and cooking in her life; an expert panel discussion led by food journalist Dan Saladino and including Colin Tudge from The Campaign for Real Farming, asking what we can do – individually and collectively – to feed the planet’s population in a sustainable way; and, perhaps most excitingly, Heston Blumenthal and award-winning composer Dominic Murcott exploring good and bad taste through live music, micro experiments, tastings and conversation. Food for thought.

The British Library Food Season runs until 30 May. For details, see