William Sitwell, 42, is the editor of Waitrose Kitchen Magazine. Sitwell makes frequent appearances on Masterchef – The Professionals (BBC2) and Britain’s Best Dish (ITV1) and is co-presenter of the forthcoming BBC2 series A Question of Taste. He has also made a number of documentaries including Michelin Stars – The Madness of Perfection (BBC2). He has been named Editor of the Year in awards from both the British Society of Magazine Editors and the Association of Publishing Agencies (APA). He lives in Northamptonshire with his two children and his wife Laura, who sells bespoke furniture for Linley, and works for the fashion brand Leon Max.
His first book ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’ was published by Harper Collins in April 2012
The ingredients, cooks, techniques and tools that have shaped our love of food.
We all love to eat and most of us have a favourite ingredient or dish. In today’s world we can get the food we want, when we want it, but how many of us really know where our much-loved recipes come from, who invented them and how they were originally cooked? In this book William Sitwell, culinary expert on BBC2’s ‘A Question of Taste’ and editor of Waitrose Kitchen magazine, takes us on a colourful, whirlwind journey as he explores the fascinating history of cuisine.
This book is a celebration of the great dishes, techniques and above all brilliant cooks who have, over the centuries, created the culinary landscape we now enjoy. Any lover of fine food who has ever wondered about the origins of the methods and recipes we now take for granted will find A History of Food in 100 Recipes required reading. As well as shining a light on food’s glorious past, there are contributions from a glittering array of stars of British cuisine, including Marco Pierre White, Delia Smith, Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.
In an incisive and humorous narrative, Sitwell enters an Egyptian tomb to reveal the earliest recipe for bread and discovers the greatest party planner of the Middle Ages. He uncovers the extraordinary and poetic roots of the roast dinner and tells the heart-rending story of the forgotten genius who invented the pressure cooker. And much, much more.