The British Library’s popular Food Season returns for another bite!

The British Library Food Season offers a range of online and in-person events inspired by cookbooks, recipes and culinary manuscripts in the British Library’s collections, accompanied by a host of famous faces from across food.

From a celebration of Le Gavroche, the iconic London restaurant that has been the training ground for a generation of chefs; to an exploration of the historical and cultural significance of rice; from exploring how food can support your wellbeing with a panel of leading experts in nutritional science; to joining Jessie and Lennie Ware for a live recording of their award- winning cult podcast Table Manners, there is an event to suit all tastes.

Over the final weekend of May the Library will be hosting the Food Season’s BIG Weekend; a two day celebration of food through words, sounds, cultures, ideas and tastings. Highlights from across the season include:

  • An event exploring the origins and legacy of Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to receive a Michelin star, with chefs Michel Roux, Emily Roux, Steven Doherty and Angela Hartnett.
  • A special live recording of Jessie & Lennie Ware’s much loved podcast Table Manners, with special guest – musician, actor, writer and mental health campaigner – Jordan Stephens.
  • Social media farming sensation and bestselling author, Julius Roberts, on the joys and challenges of being a farmer in the Digital Age.
  • Award-winning Azumah Nelson will be in conversation with food writer Melissa Thompson.
  • Itamar Srulovich, co-founder of Honey & Co will appear on stage with some of food’s best- loved voices as they explore the food writing that whets their appetites including: Aji Akokomi, Caroline Eden, Jeremy Lee, Madhur Jaffrey, Miquita Oliver, Rachel Roddy, Ravinder Bhogal, Rosie Sykes, and Sally Abe.
  • Join psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Chris van Tulleken, leading lights in the fields of health and nutrition, as they cut through the noise, and offer guidance in the pursuit of eating well, for body and mind.
  • Katherine May – bestselling author of Wintering – and writer Angela Clutton come together for a conversation about food, life, and the connections that come from being led creatively, mentally and culinarily by following the arc of the changing seasons.
  • Join food critic Jimi Famurewa as he explores the complexities of how recipes evolve as they travel the globe with chefs and food writers Jenny Lau, Maria Bradford and Shelina Permalloo.
  • Award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) along with Claire Warner Smith, Dawn Daviesand Tristan Stephenson to discuss recent shifts in drinking habits.

The 2024 Food Season has been developed by British Library curator and Food Season founder Dr Polly Russell with award-winning food writers Angela Clutton and Melissa Thompson as co-directors with assistance from Joe Allen.

Tickets for the 2024 Food Season are on general sale and the full programme of events can be found at

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