Jane Grigson Trust Lecture
The annual lecture of the Jane Grigson Trust is held at the internationally renowned Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery founded in 1981 and originally co-chaired by Alan Davidson, pre-eminent food historian and author of The Oxford Companion to Food with Theodore Zeldin, the celebrated social historian of France. The distinguished food writers, Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David were also participants.
The 2016 Jane Grigson Memorial Lecture is to be given by Tim Lang on July 8th at St Catherine's College, Oxford at the Oxford Symposium of Food & Cookery whose subject this year is Offal: Rejected and Reclaimed Foods. Tim's lecture is titled "Sustainable Diets: an offaly good idea but what will it take to get there?" Tim has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. For over 35 years, he has engaged in academic and public research and debate about the direction of food policy, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice, and citizens. He rides a bicycle to work, doesn't own a car and grows vegetables and fruit in his London garden.
The inaugural JGT lecture was delivered in 2011 by Professor Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and his research group is now part of the newly established Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. He spoke on the subject of his book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human, and presented some startling conclusions about its consequences for our fundamental ideas of nutrition.
In 2012 the speaker was David Thompson, the celebrated Australian chef, restaurateur and food writer, who is an authority on Thai food, and whose books include Arham Thai, a comprehensive account of Thai food and cooking, and deals with both its history and its social aspects, and Thai Street Food.
In 2013, the lecture, entitled 'Eating History - the Perishable Art of Food' was delivered by Joan Smith, columnist, broadcaster, novelist and compiler of an anthology of essays on hunger and appetite, Hungry for You: From Cannibalism to Seduction.
The 2014 lecture was delivered by Darina Allen on the subject of Food and Markets. For 30 years Darina has been the principal of the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, she is an award-winning author and culinary educator and has been a tireless campaigner for local produce, setting up Ireland's first farmers' market.
The 2015 Jane Grigson Memorial Lecture was delivered by Anne Willan, co-author with Mark Cherniavsky of THE COOKBOOK LIBRARY.