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Joanna Blythman on ‘The Power of Enjoyment in the Face of Industrialised Food’

Read the full transcript of this year’s Jane Grigson Trust Lecture, delivered by distinguished investigative journalist Joanna Blythman.

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Romy Gill MBE prepares dinner at launch of ‘Migrations: all our voices’

Romy Gill MBE, rising star of the British restaurant sector, shares her personal story and reveals why she is backing ‘Migrations: all our voices’, the Oxford Cultural Collective’s new events series.

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From Darkness to light: The road from Damascus

Don Sloan recently met with Mataz Alzari, a Syrian chef who escaped Damascus to make a new life in Romania. Mataz will be preparing dinner for guests at the forthcoming Ratiu Dialogues on Democracy, an international conference in Transylvania supported by the Oxford Cultural Collective.

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Jane Grigson – by Geraldene Holt

To coincide with the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Jane Grigson Award, Geraldene Holt explores Jane’s contribution to British culinary and literary culture.

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Chinese Food Philosophy: A recipe for life

A sell-out audience gathered at Asia House on 16th January 2019 for the latest event in the Lee Kum Kee Culinary Culture Series from the Oxford Cultural Collective. Donald Sloan was joined by acclaimed writer and columnist Bee Wilson, Emmy-nominated TV chef and cookery book writer Ching-He Huang, and academic and author Dr Vivienne Lee, to explore Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life.

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Mirabelle Dominé-Walley: What winning the Yan-Kit So Award meant for me.

The deadline for the next Yan-Kit So Award for food writers on Asia is 30th April 2019. Here, Mirabelle Dominé-Walley reflects on winning the award in 2015.

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Dining out in the Big Easy

Don Sloan reflects on recent trips to New Orleans, including to contribute to ‘Pulp Facts’, a seminar celebrating citrus.

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Catherine Brown on the revival of crofting in Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

The Oxford Cultural Collective has a strong connection with the Jane Grigson Trust, an educational charity established in 1991 in memory of Jane Grigson. Here, we publish an updated transcript of Catherine Brown’s Jane Grigson Lecture.

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Samar Khatiwala reports on first research trip to Gujarat

The winner of the 2017 Yan-Kit So Award, hosted by the Oxford Cultural Collective, reports on his first research trip to the region of Gujarat in the west of India.

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Bee Wilson pays tribute to BBC Radio 4 Food Programme

Read the transcript of Bee Wilson’s speech at this year’s annual Oxford Cultural Collective Dinner, in which she paid tribute to the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme.

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London’s Chinatown needs more creative solutions to guarantee its future

  Reflections on the annual Ken Hom Lecture, 8th February 2018 at Asia Hose, London Part of the Lee Kum Kee Culinary Culture Series in partnership with Asia House and the Oxford School of Hospitality Management This year’s Ken Hom Lecture brought together distinguished contributors to explore the future of Chinatowns, at a time when […]

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Yan-Kit’s Classic Chinese Cookbook – reflections from Fuchsia Dunlop

Through a dedicated award in her name, The Oxford Cultural Collective honours the legacy of Yan-Kit So. Here, food writer Fuchsia Dunlop recalls her friendship with Yan-Kit So. Includes five brilliant recipes.

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Why Thailand?

Why Thailand? Don Sloan reflects on why Thailand is the destination for one of The Oxford Cultural Collective’s first major projects.

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The launch of the Oxford Cultural Collective

Donald Sloan outlines the founding principles and aims of The Oxford Cultural Collective.

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Looking Back at ‘My Soul Looks Back’ – Jessica B. Harris

Jessica B. Harris, award-winning food historian and Patron of the Oxford Cultural Collective, recently published her evocative memoir, ‘My Soul Looks Back’. Here she considers her move from writing cookbooks to writing narrative. 

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A Chinese Feast – In Transylvania

Don Sloan reports on his most recent visit to Transylvania – including a Chinese feast and an encounter with royalty.

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A teacher at heart

Chef Ken Hom reflects on his commitment to the educational mission of the Oxford Cultural Collective.

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Food and Community

Food and wine writer Marc Millon considers the role of food and drink in strengthening community relations.

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Oxford Eats: How food cultures evolve

Food writer Geraldene Holt considers the ongoing evolution of local food cultures.

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