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My motivation to do my work


My attitude makes me who I am
Claudia Roden Writer
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I think it is who I am that has made the way I cook. And the work I do. And I think it is because on the one hand I am a person who wants to learn and who wants to know and who wants to study. And so, I go into things in depth, and I want to understand. Even the people who eat the things don't care. I do. I want to know how did this dish come there and come about. And what were their lives, how did this kind of food happen. So, I wouldn't do it if I wasn't interested and I am, because nobody wanted me to do that. Nobody said, 'Can you tell us more?' But also, because I had this personality, or rather the attitude of an outsider who wanted to be accepted, who wanted my world to be accepted, to be loved. In a way it's my way of wanting to be loved. And so, if you like our dishes, you might like us. Also wanting my dishes to be known.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: personality, attitude, food, cooking

Duration: 1 minute, 33 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023