Who is the food writer’s favourite food writer? For members of the Guild of Food Writers, there is no easy answer; they award around a dozen prizes for different types of food writing in the UK, this year at an invitation-only event on the evening of May 29. But freed from the constraints of national boundaries, who do the food writers read?
Probably the most respected and influential writer of the moment is the US-based Michael Pollan, whose 2006 book ‘In Defence of Food’ was a thought-provoking take on modern food morality. His work has continued in the same vein since. Pollan’s latest book, simply called ‘Cooked’, is out at the end of May and he is conducting an international tour to promote it. On one of his London dates he will be giving a talk in conversation with newspaper columnist William Leith at Conway House near Holborn… on the same evening as the Guild of Food Writers Awards. So for those who are not invited to that elite event, Pollan and Leith in conversation is a more accessible and fun alternative. The event is followed by a book signing.
The Michael Pollan talk will be on 29th May at the School of Life, Conway Hall, Holborn 7-9.30pm. Tickets priced at £22. Book tickets online at theschooloflife.com.