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The club in Egypt and vibrant life in Paris


Life in Egypt
Claudia Roden Writer
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In Egypt, when I was 14 already, and a bit younger even, a lot of the older people... I also have to say, when I was in Egypt, most of my life was, apart from the school and going to the cinema once a week with the whole family, I was always with the whole family. I never went out alone. I never took a bus or a tram. And I went mainly to the club. And the club had Olympic swimming pool. And we trained. I say we, because we were... several of us were big swimmers. And I was a swimmer, and I swam in championships.

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: swimming, swimming pool, training, championships

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 26 November 2023