Food Season

Food Season

Food Season is back with a mouth-watering menu of events online and at the Library inspired by the cookbooks, recipes and culinary stories in our collection.

Speakers include Jessica Harris, Angela Hartnett, Ainsley Harriott, Dan Saladino, Alice Waters, Felicity Cloake, Frances Moore Lappé and Henry Dimbleby. Plus we’ll be covering topics such as Victorian food influencers, what makes the perfect English breakfast, the reality of food in our prisons and exploring what a 13th-century Moorish recipe tastes like.

The Co Directors of the 2022 British Library Food Season are Angela Clutton and Melissa Thompson. The Season is curated by its founder Polly Russell.

We’re delighted that Food Season is supported by KitchenAid again this year. To celebrate, we’re giving three lucky people the chance to win a stylish KitchenAid Artisan Espresso Machine.

Find out how to enter.

Food Season supported by:

Kitchen Aid logo

The British Library is a charity. Your support helps us open up a world of knowledge and inspiration for everyone. Donate today.

Series events

Sarah Winman and Kate Young
At the Library and online

Food in Fiction

-
Kimberley Wilson, Sophie Barton-Hawkins and Lucy Vincent
At the Library and online

Food in Prisons

-
Vanilla
Online

Vanilla: Anything But Boring

-
Tom Hunt, Henry Dimbleby and Frances Moore Lappe
At the Library and online

Solutions for a Food System in Crisis

-
Ainsley Harriott
At the Library and online

Ainsley Harriott in conversation with Melissa Thompson

-
Alice Waters [image credit: Amanda Marsalis] and Anna Jones
Online

Alice Waters: A Slow Food Manifesto

-
Eliza Acton and Mrs Beeton
At the Library and online

Cooking the Books: the Culinary Worlds of Eliza Acton and Mrs Beeton

-
food illustration
At the Library

Tastes of India

-
Felicity Cloake
At the Library

Red Sauce, Brown Sauce: A British Breakfast Odyssey with Felicity Cloake

-
Event Panel
At the Library

Cooking to Connect: How Food takes us back to our Roots

-
vittles logo
At the Library

Vittles Live at the Food Season

-
A stick of rhubarb
At the Library

Home Cooking Legends

-
Image of a Moorish manuscript
At the Library

The World of 13th-Century Moorish Food with Sam and Sam Clark

-
pudding
At the Library

Platinum Jubilee Pudding

-
Left to right: Priya Deshingkar, Martyn Lee, Georgie Ma, Mallika Basu, Keshia Sakarah
At the Library

The Meanings of Food: Why Words Matter

-
Event panel
At the Library

Sake, Umeshu and Yuzushu

-
Sejal Sukhadwala holding a copy of The Philosophy of Curry
At the Library

The Philosophy of Curry

-
Angela Hartnett
At the Library and online

Angela Hartnett's Good Food for Real Life

-