Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery

Why develop wings if you have nowhere to fly, think about swimming if there is no water? Just as every species is closely linked to a certain environment that informs and nurtures it, we human beings either thrive in propitious conditions, unfold in spite of unfavorable ones or are stimulated by unforeseen triggers that can reach from mere interest to intense support. Before this becomes too commonplace: what I’d like to talk about is the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, the annual food history conference that since the 1980s links kitchen to library, quirky to academically serious.