Thursday, March 22, 2007

NEWS FLASH

Aside.

During the last week I have discovered Nigel Slater whose autobiography ‘Toast’ tells how his mother died of asthma when he was aged nine. He then had a loveless childhood with a strict father and a step-mother. He was hungry for food and love and discovered the comfort of preparing and eating food. Born in Wolverhampton he is now one of the best loved of food writers.

Matthew Ford wrote ’Every episode is keyed to a precise sensory memory; every reference comes with a Proustian resonance.’

I happened on a TV programme ‘A Taste of my Life’ which he is presenting on BBC2 6.30pm till 7pm where he chats to various actors about their own culinary memories. I have a mild aversion to TV chefs but warm to him and find the programme as restful and soothing as four squares of dark chocolate. I told my husband he reminded me of the young Alan Bennett and lo and behold Alan is tonight’s guest. Give it a whirl if you can get BBC2

6 comments:

f:lux said...

I see what you mean about the ressemblance to Alan Bennett - I hadn't realised he was so cute!

Nigel Slater's recipes are really accessible too. I've been using his Thai green curry paste one for years, but lapping up the compliments for myself...

PI said...

f:lux: I think it's the hair cut that does it. I look forward to finding out more about him and maybe trying the odd recipe.

Lizzy said...

I love Alan Bennett - he has so many interesting things to say. I recently finished his most recent memoirs and was gripped all the way through. If the programme on this evening is in any similar, then you should be in for a treat!

PI said...

Lizzy: it was very enjoyable. I think he was nervous of getting emotional because as usual there wa a message from a friend - Patricia Routledge in his case and he stipulated that he would watch it off camera. Bless him!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

My Scamp is such a good cook I am comforted regularly -- at least 4 times a day.

PI said...

Hoss; you are very lucky. I guess we both are:)