About Bread & Oysters

The Food Writer's Cooperative is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart & Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...

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25 May 2017

Q&A Sat Bains

The Questionnaire

Sat Bains, Michelin-starred Chef Proprietor, cookbook collector The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking White Heat by Marco Pierre White. Looking back on it now, it’s just a perfect snapshot of where British gastronomy was at that moment in time. Marco was the original ‘enfant terrible’ and the images of him and the food […]

About Us

Bread & Oysters is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart and Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...

 
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25 May 2017

James Lees-Milne experiences aristocratic hospitality in 1944

Journal

Prospecting possible properties for the National Trust during the Second World War, James Lees-Milne was often offered fare by his patrician hosts that was meagre even by wartime standards. His experience when surveying the Duke of Wellington’s country pile at Stratfield Saye near Reading (above) marked a notable nadir. ‘Having eaten little luncheon I was […]

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23 May 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… aids to growing your own

What's Hot / What's Not

Artisan olive oil The Artisan Olive Oil Company is now stocking Paolo Bonomelli’s award-winning extra virgin olive oils. Produced in Italy, Bonomelli’s oils have been given the accolade of best olive oil in the world, 2017, in three international competitions: Ovibeja, Evooleum and the International Olive Oil Council’s Mario Solinas Quality Award. For further details, […]

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17 May 2017

The Original GI Diet

Journal

Peanut butter, hot sausages and doughnuts….novelist Marianne Kavanagh explores what happened when the Yanks arrived in wartime Dorset Bread and tea, tea and bread – when I started researching my new novel, I kept coming across these staples of our British diet. A story built from a snippet of Dorset history in 1878 grew into […]