Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The World on a Plate

Created with author and food and drink entrepreneur Nikki Welch, the food strand at this year’s Festival has an irresistible series of events with internationally-renowned chefs.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The World on a Plate

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The World on a Plate

Created with author and food and drink entrepreneur Nikki Welch, the food strand at this year’s Festival has an irresistible series of events with internationally-renowned chefs who’ve written down their culinary secrets so that we can reproduce them at home; it also includes a range of afternoon teas and tastings. Alongside this vibrant celebration, authors discuss the challenges around production and distribution. Earth’s capacity to produce the food we enjoy is being undermined by our failure to protect biodiversity, according to a new UN study – an alarm bell we’d do well to listen to. Fortunately, it’s not too late to change and we’ve got authors offering their perspectives in conversations which, whilst serious, also rejoice in the incredible array of cuisines still available to us from around the globe.

Prue Leith
Saturday 10 August 15:15 - 16:15
If The Great British Bake Off is your first encounter with Prue Leith, you’ve missed a great deal. Founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, restaurateur, journalist, novelist and now TV judge – she is one of the nation’s most respected foodies. As Leith introduces her first recipe book for 25 years, Prue: My All-Time Favourite Recipes, she shares suppers, showstoppers, and the personal stories behind her recipes with Sue Lawrence.

Afternoon Tea with Alissa Timoshkina
Sunday 11 August 15:30 - 16:45
Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours of Russia with 2017 Young British Foodie nominee Alissa Timoshkina. Founder of London’s hugely popular KinoVino film supper club, Timoshkina brings together pre- and post-Revolution cuisine in Salt & Time, a contemporary recipe book which will change your view of Russian food forever. You'll feel far from the Siberian chill with a warm cuppa and some Russian treats this afternoon.

Giles Yeo
Monday 12 August 14:00 - 15:00
Whenever the latest dieting fad comes along, those promoting new theories are well fed on the proceeds, while many people trying to shed pounds are left wondering why nothing seems to work. Meet Giles Yeo, geneticist and presenter on BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, who has spent 20 years researching the brain’s relationship to food intake. In Gene Eating, he describes his work and why he’s determined to break this cycle. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.

Afternoon Tea with Caroline Eden
Monday 12 August 15:45 - 17:00
From Potemkin cocktails to Mark Twain’s Debauched Ice Cream, the recipes discovered by Edinburgh-based food journalist Caroline Eden on a coastal journey from Odessa to the Turkish port of Trabzon are remarkable and revealing. Black Sea is her biography of a region told through its people and the food they love – more colourful and creative than you might imagine. Enjoy a tasty afternoon tea as Eden takes your senses on tour.

Afternoon Tea with Joudie Kalla
Wednesday 14 August 15:45 - 17:00
Chef Joudie Kalla’s new book Baladi is more than a recipe collection – it’s a tribute to a homeland; an exploration of Palestinian culture through its overlooked cuisine. Kalla, a graduate of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, has long been opening eyes and mouths to Palestinian food in recipe books and supper clubs. This afternoon, enjoy tea and Palestinian delights as Kalla brings her expertise to Edinburgh.

Afternoon Tea with Davy Żyw
Thursday 15 August 15:45 - 17:00
Davy Żyw began his wine career in Edinburgh before becoming a sommelier in Mayfair and is now a champagne and wine buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd. There’s no better man to deliver the definitive guide to champers and sparkling wine. Whether your tipple is Cava or Crémant, get along to this event and enjoy a classic British afternoon tea while learning all there is to know about fizz.

Jack Monroe
Friday 16 August 17:00 - 18:00
Good food should be affordable for everyone. Jack Monroe is an active anti-poverty campaigner and her recipe books – including Cooking on a Bootstrap and Tin Can Cook – are about making simple yet delicious recipes on a shoestring, based on her own experiences. Join one of the country’s most inventive food writers as she reveals her ideas for turning ordinary ingredients into extraordinary meals.

Robyn Metcalfe
Monday 19 August 14:15 - 15:15
Here to present her new book Food Routes, food historian and futurist Robyn Metcalfe explores a largely overlooked process of the global food system: how are edible goods moved from producer to consumer? She discusses the supply chain that is attempting to keep up with our new means of ordering and receiving food, as well as the very real possibility that one day it might be robots tending produce in tall greenhouses.

Afternoon Tea with Ghillie Basan
Monday 19 August 15:45 - 17:00
Globetrotting food writer and broadcaster, Ghillie Basan has scoured the Earth for flavours and recipe ideas. Now, she’s turning her attention to home with Spirit & Spice. She uses her knowledge of foreign cuisines to bring out the best in Scottish food and, of course, whisky. Learn how to upgrade your larder with a true expert as you indulge in a delicious afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea with Gary Maclean
Tuesday 20 August 15:45 - 17:00
Since being crowned champion of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2016, Gary Maclean has become both a household name for foodies and Scotland’s first National Chef. His new book Kitchen Essentials celebrates simple yet superb home cooking, with delicious recipes and top kitchen tips. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as Maclean shares some of his greatest hits, teaching you how to make them yourself.

Afternoon Tea with Sabrina Ghayour
Friday 23 August 15:45 - 17:00
With a hugely successful London supper club and a series of bestselling, accessible recipe books under her belt, British-Iranian chef and food writer Sabrina Ghayour is fast becoming a new foodie superstar. New book Bazaar makes the magic of Middle Eastern veggie cooking easy for anyone to achieve. Ghayour teaches Persian cookery across the country and today the ‘new queen of Eastern cooking’ will have you salivating over her sumptuously simple recipes as you tuck into a Middle Eastern-inspired afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea with Eleanor Ford
Saturday 24 August 15:45 - 17:00
A taste of Indonesia comes to the Book Festival with award-winning cookbook writer and Good Food Channel editor Eleanor Ford. Ford predicts the country’s cuisine to be the next hot thing in Asian food, following the rising trends of Vietnamese, Korean and Malaysian cooking. Enjoy the company of the author over afternoon tea as she introduces you to enchanting and accessible meals covering the refined cooking of Java and the festival foods of Bali.

James Morton & Tom Morton
Sunday 25 August 17:00 - 18:00
Shetland is like no other place in the UK and its food has been said to stem from a primal drive for survival. Father and son duo Tom and James Morton – the former a respected broadcaster, the latter a doctor and 2012 Bake Off finalist – are brimming with anecdotes and history about the archipelago. Join them as they share their island stories with you, as told in their book Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World.

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