Last night at Drink, Shop & Do Phoebe Frangoul and Anna-Marie Fitzgerald aka Pamflet hosted the second Pamflet Salon FOOD FIGHT! A kind of book club with cake and gossip, each salon sees an author they admire speak about their work before a group discussion about a piece of fiction.
Gizzi Erskine, TV chef, writer and DJ, took to the floor last night to discuss her gastronomic history and favourite recipes, as well as women’s relationship with food. We first recoiled in horror when she started talking about chicken and weeds but were delighted to hear the weeds is actually cooked coriander, and the room practically vibrated with mmmm’s when Gizzi spoke about her rosemary and salted caramel millionaire shortbread.
We were well fed and watered with wine and pistachio cake and in the second half of the evening we discussed Margaret Atwood’s seminal text The Edible Woman (published 1969). Debating protagonist Marian’s eating disorder as a reaction to her engagement developed somewhat… We ended up exchanging cherished literature for food descriptions (Enid Blyton, Mallory Towers and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe being nostalgic favourites), Atwood’s youthful arrogance of tone (she wrote the book aged 23) and the disappointing reworked chick lit book cover which ended in Vogue’s Jessica Bumpus passing her very 80’s cover depicting a cake woman around the room for everyone to laugh at.
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