Table Talk: Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter brings together the best of AA Gill's columns on food. David Watson reads two chapters from the book: Pizza Express, and Elizabeth David.

AA Gill was both TV and food critic for the Times. In both roles, he brought a deep understanding of his chosen subjects which he served up with a side-dish of acerbic wit. In these days of endless and mind-numbing cookery programmes, to read Table Talk is to understand what food means in a nation’s heritage and culture. David Watson reads two chapters from Table Talk, one on Pizza Express and the second on the revered Elizabeth David, a reverence not shared by Gill himself.

Extract 1:Pizza Express

Extract 2: Elizabeth David

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Talking of Food interviewed Peter Boizot, the founder of Pizza Express

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