Food Season

Food Season logo with pineapple.

Food, glorious food 

Food Season is back with a mouth-watering menu of digital events inspired by the cookbooks, recipes and culinary stories in our collection. Founded and curated by food historian and British Library curator Polly Russell with award-winning food writer Angela Clutton as Guest Director, the season features an array of chefs, historians and food writers for a series of live conversations that you can tune into wherever you are.

Speakers include Madhur Jaffrey, Raymond Blanc, Calum Franklin, Tom Kerridge, Ruby Tandoh and we’ll be covering topics from manuscript cookery sources, food and machismo, the cheese history of the UK, Caribbean cooking and restaurant criticism. See below for the full menu of events.

Food Season is generously supported by KitchenAid, and this year we’re teaming up with them to give you the chance to win a stylish set of KitchenAid cordless appliances, a virtual cooking class with Chefs for Foodies and a signed copy of Calum Franklin’s book The Pie Room. Find out more and enter the competition.

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Series events

Composite of Harold McGee, Tara Wigley and the cover of McGee's book "Nose Dive" which features an illustration of a conical beaker filled with natural objects like flowers and a feather.
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Nose Dive with Harold McGee

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Emily J.H. Contois and Tom Kerridge
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Men and Food, Dudes and Diets

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Georgina Hayden and Lindsey Bareham
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Homecooked

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Kate Young
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Cyanide and Marmalade

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In the Kitchen with Bill Buford and Jonathan Meades

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 Calum Franklin
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The Art and History of Pies

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Babita Sharma, Ruby Tandoh, Pen Vogler and Dee Woods.
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From Fish Knives to Fish 'n' Chips

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Raymond Blanc and Felicity Cloake
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Simply Raymond

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Jonathan Nunn, Stephen Satterfield, Dr Anna Sulan Masing and Melissa Thompson.
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The Rise of New Food Media

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A peacock, swan and other birds on dishes on a table.
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Exhibiting Excess: Food through Art and History

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Dr Michael Erdman, Jessica Gregory and Dr Eleanor Jackson.
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Food Scribes, Food Lives

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Patrick McGuigan and Ned Palmer
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The British Cheese Playlist

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Dr Annie Gray and Sue Quinn.
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Food in Service. In the Service of Food

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Lunchtime Legends: Jill Norman with Rosie Sykes

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Event Panel
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On Restaurant Writing

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A rainforest.
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Stories from Inside the Coffee Cup

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Ravinder Bhogal and Madhur Jaffrey
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Madhur Jaffrey: A Life In Food

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Lunchtime Legends: Elisabeth Luard with Olia Hercules

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The People and Places of Caribbean Cooking

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The Fast Food Flood with Bite Back 2030

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