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Honey and Co: The Food Talks

We invite you all to join our food talks; they are held at Honey and Spice in front of a small group of guests. The people we admire from the food world come over – cooks, waiters, makers, writers, drinkers, thinkers – we have something to eat, a glass of wine and they tell us their story of making a life in food.

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Series 6: Nothing Fancy with Alison Roman

Alison Roman is a columnist for the New York Times Food section and Bon Appétit contributor. She is the author of the bestselling Dining In. Alison has worked professionally in kitchens such as New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar and San Francisco’s Quince. We talk all about her new book, Nothing Fancy, where Alison makes any night of the week worth celebrating. She believes it’s not entertaining, it’s having people over. We apologised to leeks, fawned over anchovies and much more!


13 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Series 1: Laura Jackson and Alice Levine

This week we’re joined by the dynamic duo, Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. The TV and radio presenters met at a jumble sale a few years ago. They really hit it off and started running supper clubs together. Their events quickly became London’s hottest dinner party. The girls have written the rulebook to end all rulebooks on entertaining in your own home, Round to Ours. Listen if you want to know the ultimate tips for having people ‘round to yours’, how to keep an eclectic mix of guests dining long into the night and what happens when you put the dirty dancing soundtrack on at a dinner party…


14 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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Series 3: Sabrina Ghayour

We can’t think of anything better than cooking up a feast with Sabrina Ghayour, the queen of simple and flavourful Middle-Eastern cooking! She joined us to talk about her new book, Feasts, which features tailored menus and dozens of recipes for celebrations and occasions with family and friends. We learn all about her debut £2.50 supper club, boil-in-the-bag rice memories and what it's like to be a crisp aficionado...


27 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Series 1: Chetna Makan from The Great British Bake Off

Chetna Makan was a semi-finalist on series 5 of The Great British Bake Off, wowing the judges and the audience with her advance techniques and use of complex flavours. Since the Bake Off she has been extremely busy. She came to Honey and Spice to talk about her newest book Chai, Chaat & Chutney, a journey through the street foods of India. Chetna talks to us about the differences between the street food of Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai, how she has taken inspiration from the dishes and created delicious recipes and what it was like to be a contestant on the country's favourite baking show.


11 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Series 1: Dr. Annie Gray

Dr. Annie Gray is a food historian, cook, broadcaster and author. She often appears on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet as their resident food historian. She came to Honey & Spice to tell us all about her latest book, The Greedy Queen, part culinary-biography, part-gastronomic exploration of Queen Victoria. Annie tells us all about her deliciously varied career, Queen Victoria's complex relationship with food and the most extravagant dishes eaten at the monarch's famous banquets.


25 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Series 2: Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules was born in the south of Ukraine. After studying and working as a journalist in the UK, she retrained as a chef at Leiths. Olia visited us earlier this year talk about her first book Mamushka, a personal journey that celebrates her family recipes from Ukraine and across eastern Europe. This time she visited us to talk about her new cookbook Kaukasis - a culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan and beyond. Olia explains how the Soviet Union affected the cuisine of the region, her eventful research trip and how to cook this food at home. 


13 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Series 3: Reem Kassis of The Palestinian Table

Reem Kassis left Jerusalem for the US at the age of 17, gained four graduate degrees and set her sights firmly on a stellar business career. She promised herself she would never end up in the kitchen like previous generations of women in her family, yet Reem found herself appreciating the simple pleasures of cooking for and feeding the people you love. She came to talk to us about her debut cookbook The Palestinian Table, how to define Palestinian food and how to make the best Baba Ghanouj.


13 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Series 4: Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz, Iraqi-American artist of Fourth Plinth commission 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist' and author of upcoming cookbook A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve, to be released in the summer of 2019. Rakowitz’s Lamassu is made from empty tins of Iraqi date syrup, alluding to the fact that historical monuments are not the only thing destroyed by war; they also decimate local economies, including the industry for date syrup which collapsed as a result of the war.  A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve by Michael Rakowitz is out June 2019, published by Plinth Instagram: @PlinthUk Twitter: @PlinthUkArt


15 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Series 5: Fruit and Veg with Riverford's Guy Singh-Watson

Self-confessed veg nerd, Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 50,000 customers a week. This episode is a deep dive into the trials and tribulations of producing organic food, modern farming and what it's like to deal with selling fruit and veg to supermarkets.


2 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Series 5: Flour and Ancient Grains with E5 Bakehouse

Ben set up E5 Bakehouse in 2011, initially baking sourdough in the pizza oven of a local restaurant in the mornings before they opened. We talk to Ben about his mission to revive the lost art of baking using traditional techniques, natural ingredients and forgotten flours. We learn about their famous sourdough and hear about how they are developing an agroforestry arable farm in Suffolk with a focus on making the transition to a diversified farming system, and localised supply chain for bread.


19 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Series 1: Allan Jenkins of The Observer Food Monthly

Allan Jenkins, Editor of the Observer Food Monthly, came to Honey and Spice to tell us about his new book, Plot 29: A Memoir. The book is an engaging, special and very personal account of Allan’s childhood in 1960s Plymouth when he and his brother were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. Allan is interviewed by our own Sarit Packer about how he came to write this memoir, why he grows plants from seed and the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.


23 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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V&A Special - Ep1 - FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Episode 1 of a mini-series in partnership with the V&A to celebrate their fantastic new exhibition, FOOD: Bigger than the Plate. The exhibition looks at how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Sarit and Itamar chat with curators Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan and meet some of the exhibitors. We'll be hosting live podcast recordings at the V&A on 25th June and 29th July. Get tickets: vam.ac.uk/whatson


17 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Series 3: Fabrizia Lanza

It’s not often that you get to meet a living legend: Fabrizia Lanza’s cookery school in Sicily is a food lover’s mecca. Fabrizia’s family have been in Sicily for centuries and through their school and farm they preserve knowledge and flavours passed down through the generations. We talked about preserving food and preserving traditions, drank Sicilian wine and cooked some of Fabrizia’s amazing food for everyone who came.


3 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Series 3: Rosie Sykes

Most of us want to forget that back-to-school feeling by kicking off our shoes and hunkering down with a soul-soaring supper – one that can be eaten with friends at the table, with book in hand by the fire, or in front of the TV. In The Sunday Night Book Rosie shares how to make Sunday night the best evening of the week, by perfecting the last, lazy meal of the weekend. All the recipes in the book are simple and make clever use of store cupboard staples and leftovers. Rosie came to talk to us about cooking in small, high-stakes, destination restaurants in the British countryside with the likes of Joyce Molyneux, how she ended up recipe testing for Delia Smith and why it’s ok to drink cocktails on a Sunday night.  


2 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Series 3: Signe Johansen

Signe is a Norwegian-American cook and the author of How to Hygge and Scandilicious. She joined us to talk about her latest book Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. Celebrating the joy of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, the book is all about becoming more selfish in the kitchen and is full of recipes for happy solo cooking. From uncomplicated no-cook fast food to one-pot dishes that will transform your daily routine. We talked at length about the perfect fish finger sandwich, how to shop for solo dishes and how much dill is too much dill.


22 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Special: Nik Sharma

Nik is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer behind the critically acclaimed blog, A Brown Table. We chatted to him after a special event cooked by us from Nik’s book – Season: Big Flavours, Beautiful Food. Nik's recipes take a journey all the way from India by way of the American South to California. He talked to us about his childhood food in India, how he uses his scientific skills in cooking and why he took basmati rice to his in-laws' house.


18 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Series 4: Niki Segnit

Niki’s first book The Flavour Thesaurus, published in 2011, examines why one flavour works with another and looks at how to pair your ingredients from traditional combinations such as pork & apple and interesting but unlikely-sounding couples. Niki’s inspiring new book, Lateral Cooking, grew out of the experiments with flavour combinations that went into her bestselling debut. We spoke to her about her path into food writing, how she developed the categories and her no-churn lemon ice cream


4 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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Series 3: Kitty Travers of La Grotta Ices

In a small converted greengrocers in South London (her ice cream shed), Kitty Travers patiently creates an array of iced delights – fresh ice creams that taste of the real, whole fruits; and eye-popping, palate-tickling sorbets that will enliven the taste buds of all those lucky enough to sample them. Kitty came to talk to us about how she fell in love with making ice cream and her new book, La Grotta Ices, containing over 100 inventive flavours of real ice cream, sorbet and granita.


20 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Series 5: Coffee with Climpson & Sons

Founded in 2002 in an old butcher’s shop in Hackney from which they take their name, our friends at Climpson & Sons source, roast and craft the finest coffees in London. They have supplied us with the most delicious coffee since the very early days of Honey & Co. We will talk to Danny Davis and Matt Randell about how they find the best coffee beans around the world, how to ensure consistent flavour and quality, and demystify all the different brewing options available to us.


21 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Series 6: Tokyo Stories with Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is a chef, food writer, and MasterChef champion. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tim studied Japanese food culture at university and lived in Japan for two years. After moving to London, he won MasterChef in 2011 and his epic Japanese soul-food restaurant, Nanban, opened in 2015 in Brixton. We talk to Tim about his new book Tokyo Stories and seemingly endless food offerings of Tokyo on every level...


18 Oct 2019

Rank #20