An episode dedicated entirely to food and writing about food – what’s not to love? Featuring the voices of our sixteen writers and exclusive readings from What She’s Having, this is our favourite (and tastiest) episode of the podcast yet.

Listen to Ep 11: What She’s Having – a food writing special


This episode, we kick off with the words of Samin Nosrat:

‘We all have incredible relationships to what we eat, to what we don’t eat, to what we’ve eaten since childhood and what we were fed, to what food means to us. And so I find it a really powerful tool in storytelling and in opening people’s hearts and their minds.
– Samin Nosrat

What She’s Having: Stories of Women and Food is available to buy now! Get your copy here.

Speakers in order of appearance:

‘Starter’, written and read by Hannah Lawrence
‘Eating by Hand’, written and read by Syeda Salmah
‘Prison Cake’, written and read by Candy Ikwuwunna
‘Feast or Foe’, written and read by Ettie Bailey-King
‘Creatures of Habit’, written and read by Terri-Jane Dow

Why did you want to write about food?

Tutku Barbaros (author of ‘An Apple Pie Life’)
Maria Ilona Moore (author of ‘Aprikosen, Marrillen’)
Ettie Bailey-King (author of ‘Feast or Foe’)
Syeda Salmah (author of ‘Eating by Hand’)
Alice Slater (author of ‘Of Blood and Blooming Flowers’)

What’s your favourite meal to make?

Terri-Jane Dow (author of ‘Creatures of Habit’)
Alice Slater (author of ‘Of Blood and Blooming Flowers’)
Amy Feldman (author of ‘Honey Cake’)
Lucy Porter (author of ‘Love is… L’Amore e’)

What’s your favourite memory of food?

E. V. Somerville (author of ‘Remedies for Loss of Appetite’)
Paula Hilton (author of ‘Dad is Dead, Mom Sold the Chickens’)
Tutku Barbaros (author of ‘An Apple Pie Life’)
Syeda Salmah (author of ‘Eating by Hand’)
Amy Feldman (author of ‘Honey Cake’)

What You Need to Know:

Submit your writing for DD’s next publication – find out more here
Read the pieces for PLAY ahead of next episode.

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