Time & Location
Sep 20, 2022, 2:30 PM
The Stripey Badger, 7 The Square, Grassington, Skipton BD23 5AQ, UK
About the event
Join us at The Stripey Badger for a cream tea with Lesley McEvoy
Annabel Abbs is coming to The Stripey Badger on the 20th September to tell us all about her book The Language of Food and the life of Eliza Acton.
Tickets for this event are £5 and include a scone with cream and jam and a cup of tea or coffee.
Tickets can be bought in The Stripey Badger or online here
The Murder Mile
Eliza Acton, despite having never before boiled an egg, became one of the world's most successful cookery writers, revolutionizing cooking and cookbooks around the world. Her story is fascinating, uplifting and truly inspiring.
Told in alternate voices by the award-winning author of The Joyce Girl, and with recipes that leap to life from the page, The Language of Food by Annabel Abbs is the most thought-provoking and page-turning historical novel you'll read this year, exploring the enduring struggle for female freedom, the power of female friendship, the creativity and quiet joy of cooking and the poetry of food, all while bringing Eliza Action out of the archives and back into the public eye.
1835. Eliza Acton is a poet who dreams of seeing her words in print. But when she takes her new manuscript to a publisher, she's told that 'poetry is not the business of a lady'. Instead, they want her to write a cookery book. That's what readers really want from women. England is awash with exciting new ingredients, from spices to exotic fruits. But no one knows how to use them Eliza leaves the offices appalled. But when her father is forced to flee the country for bankruptcy, she has no choice but to consider the proposal. Never having cooked before, she is determined to learn and to discover, if she can, the poetry in recipe writing. To assist her, she hires seventeen-year-old Ann Kirby, the impoverished daughter of a war-crippled father and a mother with dementia. Over the course of ten years, Eliza and Ann developed an unusual friendship - one that crossed social classes and divides - and, together, they broke the mould of traditional cookbooks and changed the course of cookery writing forever.
CTMA Annabel Abbs
This ticket includes a cream tea and hot drink during the event£5.00