The questionnaire

Food writers, authors and cooks reveal their favourite food shop, most memorable childhood meal, worst kitchen disasters...
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6 September 2017

Q&A Prue Leith

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Prue Leith CBE,  GBBO judge, restaurateur, caterer, journalist, cookery writer, novelist   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Elizabeth David’s Mediterranean Cooking. The food of love… What would you cook to impress a potential date A Pancake Pie. As homely as bolognaise but less messy to eat than spaghetti Your top five dinner […]

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15 August 2017

Q&A Elspeth Biltoft

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Elspeth Biltoft, award-winning Yorkshire jam and preserve maker Who has most influenced your cooking, and how did you first get into jam making? Katie Stewart and in particular her Times Cookery Book first published in 1972. I still have my copy, given as a present in 1974, with a hand-written note on the fly leaf:  […]

 
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21 July 2017

Q&A Rachel Roddy

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Rachel Roddy, award-winning food writer based in Rome The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book. My mother cooked from it a lot and I remember the painting on the cover of a woman with a chair and a cabbage. English food has taken on a new significance since I’ve been […]

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25 May 2017

Q&A Sat Bains

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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 […]

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13 April 2017

Q&A Jessica Seaton

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Jessica Seaton, enthusiastic cook and co-founder of Toast The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking There have been so many! From hours poring over the pictures in Cookery in Colour  by Marguerite Patten as a small girl, to Tassajara Cookery  and Indian Vegetarian Cookery in my early adult life and The River Cafe in the years we […]

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1 March 2017

Q & A Tessa Kiros

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Tessa Kiros, cookery writer and world traveller The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking? The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook – I think from 1970. It was the one I came across in our home when I was young. I remember always looking through this book and thinking how glamorous the pictures were and wanting […]

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25 January 2017

Q&A Fuchsia Dunlop

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Fuchsia Dunlop, cook and expert on Chinese cuisine, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award for Food Writing…   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking? Leith’s Cookery Course by Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave. An Italian family friend gave it to me when I was 11 and it was my cooking bible throughout […]

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23 January 2017

Q&A: Felicity Cloake

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Felicity Cloake, food journalist and author The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Nigel Slater’s Real Food came into our house in my mid-teens and frankly blew my mind – I’ve always loved reading cookery books but for someone brought up on Delia and the Dairy Book of Cookery from the milkman, the passion […]

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24 December 2016

Q&A Damien Trench

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Damien Trench, cookery writer (aka Miles Jupp: writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s In and Out of the Kitchen) The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking? Something by Elizabeth David, I suspect. But which? It’s tricky. I’m not sure I’d have got very far in life without reading her French Provincial Cooking. But […]

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25 November 2016

Q&A Antonio Carluccio

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Antonio Carluccio, OBE OMRI, Italian chef, restaurateur, godfather of Italian gastronomy The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Scienza in cucina e L’arte di mangiar bene by Pellegrino Artusi The food of love… What would you cook to impress a potential date Something simple but utterly delicious, for example, scrambled eggs and white truffle for […]

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7 November 2016

Q&A Pierre Herme

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Pierre Herme, chef patissiere, the ‘Picasso of pastry’ The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Praline Passe-Partout – my father’s bible! It is a professional chocolate maker’s manual, published in Zurich in the 1950s, I borrowed it from my father, never to return it! It was from this book that I learnt the history […]

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13 October 2016

The Questionnaire: John Williams

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John Williams MBE, Executive Chef at The Ritz The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking The book which has been most dynamic in my life is the Great Chefs of France: The Masters of Haute Cuisine and Their Secrets by Quentin Crewe. It’s about the author’s journey through France experiencing Michelin starred restaurants. He […]

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27 September 2016

Q&A Simon Rogan

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Simon Rogan, owner of L’Enclume and winner of AA Chef of the Year Award 2016   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking The father of one of my best friends at school was an ex-army chef who had a copy of French Country Cooking by Elizabeth David that I was infatuated with. Most […]

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23 September 2016

Q&A: Adam Byatt

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Adam Byatt, chef, restaurateur The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking I find myself always coming back to Forgotten Skill of Cooking by Darina Allen. This book touches on the importance of passing cooking skills on to our younger generations; a wonderful tradition that seems to be somewhat diluted in recent years. The recipes […]

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30 August 2016

Q&A: Nadiya Hussain

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Nadiya Hussain,  baker, writer and winner of the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking I got a cookbook when I was 16 as a gift for doing well in my GCSEs. It’s an old book, full of classic British bakes, and I couldn’t live without […]

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28 August 2016

Q&A: Andre Lima de Luca

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Andre Lima de Luca,  Brazilian pit master   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Hard to say one cookbook… Maybe  Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking  by Marcella Hazan (1992). Tremendous book, classic, big inspiration. One of the first cookbooks that I got, beautiful… Most memorable food you ate in childhood Probably my first […]

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24 August 2016

Q&A: Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

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  Miriam Gonzalez Durantez,  Lawyer, food blogger The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking How to Eat by Nigella Lawson (1998) Most memorable food you ate in childhood Squid in ink with white rice Your favourite food shop Brindisa in Borough Market (The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1) Most memorable meal in  film/literature/painting […]

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14 August 2016

Q&A: Simon Hopkinson

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  Simon Hopkinson, English food writer, critic and former chef   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking The Constance Spry Cookery Book (1956)   The most memorable food you ate in childhood Poached salmon with parsley sauce and cucumber   Your favourite food shop Garcia, the Spanish deli and supermarket in the Portobello […]

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27 July 2016

Q&A: Anna Jones

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Anna Jones, cook, food writer, stylist   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries Most memorable food you ate in childhood Much of my dad’s side of the family worked at Cadbury’s when I was growing up. My uncles and aunts would come home with big bags of chocolate […]

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14 July 2016

Q&A: Sally Clarke

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Sally Clarke, restaurateur and food writer   The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking Elizabeth David – all her books but especially French Country Cooking and Summer Cooking, which I steadily worked my way through from the age of about 11. I still have the original copies which my mother gave me from her […]

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1 July 2016

Q & A: Russell Norman

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Russell Norman, restaurateur, writer and television presenter The cookbook that has most influenced your cooking The first River Cafe book The most memorable food you ate in childhood Sausage pie. Once a week my mother would buy pork sausage meat from the mobile butcher, spice it with white pepper, make a dense, greasy pastry and […]

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23 May 2016

Q&A: Sarah Raven

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Sarah Raven, food writer and gardener Which cookbook has most influenced your cooking? I learnt to cook with Constance Spry complete cookbook and Elizabeth David – reading most of her books from cover to cover. Since then, I rarely use cookbooks, but sometimes read new books from cover to cover for new inspiration eg Honey […]