Book Readings

Matthew Fort, one of the judges on The Great British Menu, reads extracts from his highly acclaimed new book Summer in the Islands, published by Unbound. In it, he records his meetings with the people he encountered as he toured the islands of Italy and his thoughts about a country he has loved as his life. Unmissable.

Mark Crick’s  Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 17 recipes is a book often borrowed and seldom returned.  It is a joy to dip into this collection of literary pastiches for recipes written in the style of Raymond Chandler, Irvine Welsh, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Homer, Chaucer and so on.

Elizabeth Luard reads an extract from the Introduction to her first book, European Peasant Cookery. First published in 1984, it was republished in the UK in 2007 by Grub Street.

The experiences of a young trainee cattle market auctioneer from 1954 to 1960;  a unique memoir of a bygone time. John Shrive's memoir, "Done, finished, you lose it!"was written in 1980 and relates to experiences at both Kettering and Market Harborough Cattle Markets, when the Auctioneers were Messrs Berry Bros and Bagshaw and J. Toller Eady.