Jack Monroe & Kit de Waal | Cost of Living
Sat 22 Apr 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The proverb ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ could have been coined by prize-winning authors and campaigners Jack Monroe and Kit de Waal, who know first-hand that the current cost-of-living crisis is nothing new.
Cookery writer and TV presenter Jack Monroe has spent a decade working at the forefront of food poverty in the UK. Informed by her own experiences of living on the breadline and her campaigning work with food banks and national charities, Thrifty Kitchen brings together all her low-cost recipes, cooking advice and household lifestyle hacks to help us all eat well and live better, for less.
Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon, grew up in a household of opposites and extremes that she describes in her memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes. Her haphazard mother rarely cooked, while her father cooked elaborate meals on a whim and splurged money they didn’t have on cars, suits and shoes fit for a prince.
Hear Jack and Kit introduce their books and share the extraordinary stories of what they’ve learnt along the way.
In conversation with Alona Ferber, New Statesman.
Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage at the Old Divinity School
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Jack Monroe is an award-winning cookery writer, TV presenter, and a campaigner against hunger and poverty in the UK. She is author of the bestselling cookbooks Good Food For Bad Days, Tin Can Cook, Vegan (ish), Cooking on a Bootstrap and A Girl Called Jack. She was awarded the Fortnum and Mason Judges’ Choice Award in 2013 and the OFM Best Food Personality Readers’ Award in 2018. She has given evidence to parliamentary inquiries and consulted on the School Food Plan and National Food Strategy. Jack is working on a new price index, The Vimes Boots index, to measure the cost of basic foodstuffs and inflation as it affects those on the lowest incomes.
Kit de Waal is the author of the novels My Name Is Leon, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and The Trick to Time, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a short story collection, Supporting Cast. She is also editor of the Common People anthology, and co-founder of the Big Book Weekend festival. My Name Is Leon is being adapted as a one-hour film for BBC1.
Alona Ferber is Special Projects Editor at the New Statesman. Alona was formerly the managing editor of the Co-Existence Research team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She led on publications, from research reports to comment and analysis, and part of the senior leadership that shapes our research programme. Before joining the Institute, Alona spent a decade living in Israel and Mexico. She was a senior news editor and reporter at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and worked in cooperation programmes at the British Embassy in Mexico.
Alona’s writing has appeared in publications including Haaretz, Spiegel Online, Newsweek, the Independent and the Jewish Daily Forward. She has an MA in Middle Eastern history from Tel Aviv University. Fluent in Hebrew, she speaks Spanish and has studied Arabic and German.