The British Library announces Food Season line up

Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Jack Monroe and Nadiya Hussain headline the British Library's Food Season.

The British Library Food Season will run from 1 April – 31 May and will involve talks, tastings and workshops inspired by the Library’s extensive food-related collections featuring writers, historians, food experts and chefs.



Images: Nigella Lawson by Debra Hurford Brown, Heston Blumenthal by Alisa Connan and Nadiya Hussain


Highlights include:

  • Chef Heston Blumenthal and award-winning composer Dominic Murcott contemplating the relationship between food and music through live performances, micro experiments and tastings

  • Chef and restaurant owner Yotam Ottolenghi exploring the role upbringing and genes play in shaping how we enjoy food

  • Food writers Nigella Lawson, Bee Wilson and Ella Risbridger exploring the role of voice, narrative and storytelling in cookery books

  • Restaurant critic Grace Dent and food writer, journalist and activist Jack Monroe discussing food inequality and poverty in contemporary Britain

  • 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and presenter Sara Cox talking about food, cooking and what it means to be a working woman in the public eye

  • Restaurant critic and MasterChef judge Jay Rayner hosting a special recording of the BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet

  • Award-winning Chocolat author Joanne Harris reflecting on the sensuality of food in fiction


The British Library’s Food Season is supported by KitchenAid.  Priority booking is available to Members from 1 March 2019 and tickets will be on general sale from 8 March 2019.