The remarkable lives and times of Georgina Landemare and Florence White.
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In her recently published book, Victory in the Kitchen, historian and broadcaster Dr Annie Gray introduced the world to the woman who cooked for Winston Churchill, Georgina Landmere. Unexpected, funny and revealing, Annie’s book reveals Churchill’s domestic set up, including during the war years, and tells the story of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances. While Landmere was cooking for Churchill, one-time governess and shopkeeper Florence White started the English Folk Cookery Association and embarked on a life-long mission to champion, discover and revive traditional English recipes. Although revered by cookery writers like Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, relatively little is known about White. Historian Sue Quinn is planning to change this with the biography she is currently writing. Join Annie and Sue in a conversation chaired by Polly Russell about these two remarkable women and what their lives tell us about food, cooking and eating in the times they lived.
Dr Annie Gray is a historian specialising in the history of British food and dining from c.1650-1950. She works as an author, broadcaster and consultant. Her books include Victory in the Kitchen: the life of Churchill's Cook; The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria; The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook and How to Cook the Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe. Annie is the resident food historian on BBC4's award-winning culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet, and has also worked as a consultant and presenter on such programmes as Victoria and Albert: The Royal Wedding; A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley; The Sweetmakers and Victorian Bakers (all BBC2). She works as a consultant to museums and heritage sites, advising on the presentation of food and dining-related spaces as well as the use of live interpretation, having run the costumed team at Audley End House (English Heritage) for many years. She's also a popular speaker. Annie is a research associate at the University of York.
Sue Quinn is an award-winning food writer, journalist and cookbook author. Her articles and recipes regularly appear in leading national newspapers and magazines, including the Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, delicious, The Washington Post and BBC Good Food magazine. In 2018 Sue won a Guild of Food Writer’s Award, and in 2016 received the Fortnum & Mason Online Food Writer Award. She has written fourteen cookbooks on a range of topics, and her latest, Cocoa: An Exploration of Chocolate, with recipes, was published by Quadrille in 2019 to wide acclaim. In 2019 she was awarded a bursary from the Guild of Food Writers to research the life of British Food Writer Florence White.
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