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BBC's Claudia Roden's Mediterranean Cookery


'Can you give me recipes?'
Claudia Roden Writer
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It became my way. I'm mentioning a lot more about Morocco because this is where I learnt how to start. Because also I started asking everybody I met, 'Can you give me recipes?' And it was a funny way of just saying hello. And because were taken aback sometimes, and then a lot of people were glad that you were interested in their food. I would say, 'I am an English food writer. Writing about your cuisine. Can you tell me?' And, of course, they didn't quite believe I was English. But they did believe really that I was interested in their food. And so, that was a good start.

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: food, cooking, recipes, hello

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023