My Life in Cookbooks—again

Last Friday my radio feature My Life in Cookbooks won the 2014 AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) Award for Best Original Radio Script. It’s always a special honour to have work recognised by your fellow writers. Plus I have a soft spot for My Life in Cookbooks; I’d like to parlay it into a book at some point …


My Life in Cookbooks was produced by Leah Redfern for ABC RN’s 360documentaries program. The sound engineer was Russell Stapleton and it was first broadcast in August 2013. Perhaps this win means it will get another broadcast? In the meantime, you can download My Life in Cookbooks here.

My Life in Cookbooks

I’ve got a food-related radio feature coming up. My Life in Cookbooks goes to air this Sunday 4 August on ABC Radio National’s 360documentaries program. It’s written and narrated by me (with contributions from keen and not-so-keen cooks), produced by Lea Redfern and sound engineered by Russell Stapleton.

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A personal library reflects the passions and preoccupations of the collector, and cookbooks are no exception. From my own shelves I measure out a narrative in several chapters—from (almost) the very first cookbook I bought as a university student in the late 1970s (The Pauper’s Cookbook) to the one I bought last month (Plenty).

Cookbooks reflect the societies that produce them. My Life in Cookbooks is about reading between the lines and against the grain. It’s about the allure and shortcomings of cookbooks. The feasts they promise and the meals they serve up. It’s about changing notions of gender and domesticity. About multicultural Australia. And it’s my individual take on our complex relationship with food and cooking.

Hope you can listen to it—here are the details:

My Life in Cookbooks
ABC Radio National: 360documentaries
Sunday 4 August at 10:00 am. Repeated Friday 9 August at 2:00 pm
You can also listen online and download the program for 4 weeks from initial broadcast.