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Food takes centre stage at festival

01/01/2013

Cultural historian and expert on African-American food heritage Dr Jessica Harris is to give a talk about the culinary connections between sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Europe.

Harris, pictured right, whose talk is called Out of Africa: Guinea Pepper and Gnaouia Food – Unknown Culinary Legacies, is the latest in a line of world authorities on food and cookery to be confirmed for this year’s Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival.

Other speakers include the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey, the world’s leading exponent of Chinese cookery, Ken Hom, and one of the most influential cookery writers of the modern era, Claudia Roden.

Jaffrey joins broadcaster and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli, runner-up in the first series of BBC Masterchef, to host a spice workshop at which they will discuss their love of spices and offer some tastings.

Jaffrey, pictured left, also joins Hom and charity trustee Lady Penny Holmes to dicuss the culture of food with Donald Sloan, head of Oxford Gastronomica, a specialist centre for the study of food, drink and culture.

Hom will also prepare the food at a sell-out special lunch for festival-goers at the Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club, and Roden, whose most recent work is The Food of Spain, will talk to Sloan about her life and work.

Tickets for the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival can be bought through this website. Most events are priced £10. A concessionary price of £7 is available for senior citizens, students and those aged 18 and under.

A box office will be open from Monday, October 7, at the main Tourist Information Office at 4/5 Watergate House, Casemates Square, Gibraltar. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm, and Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

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