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Quarantine Cravings

The quarantine-cooking crazes of 2020 – from sourdough starters to dalgona coffee and cloud bread – have brought new ingredients, new culinary enthusiasms, new online communities and new foul-smelling catastrophes into our lives. 

Even those of us who haven't embraced the trends have been cooking at home more – out of financial necessity, boredom or pure pleasure. How has this bizarre year changed our attitudes towards cooking in the home? Has it elevated the status and appreciation of home-cooking, traditionally women's work, during this time when restaurants are closed? 

For our final Broadly Speaking conversation of the year, we’ll bring together three brilliant cooks and food writers, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (A Year of Simple Family Food) Ixta Belfrage (Ottolenghi FLAVOUR) and Hawa Hassan (In Bibi's Kitchen). They’ll discuss cravings, cultures and cooking communities in 2020 with host Brodie Lancaster. 

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna-Campbell Pretty AM and family.

Our online bookseller for this event will be Neighbourhood Books.

Broadly Speaking: Quarantine Cravings


Portrait of Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based cook, author and teacher, and the creator of Ostro – a beloved online space where she shares her food, photographs and stories. Julia teaches sell-out cooking workshops and pasta master classes and is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications, such as Country Style Magazine, the Design Files and ABC Life. Her first book, Ostro, was short-listed for the 2018 ABIA 'Illustrated Book of the Year' and named in Gourmet Traveller's 'Best Food Books for 2017'. Julia lives in Melbourne with her husband, Nori, and two children.

Portrait of Ixta Belfrage

Ixta Belfrage

Ixta taught herself to cook by absorbing food traditions and flavours in different corners of the globe –from Italy (where she spent her formative childhood years) to Brazil (where her mother is from) to Mexico (where some of her family lived). After running her own catering operation and market stall selling tacos in London, she then began her formal culinary career at Ottolenghi’s NOPI restaurant. Soon after she moved to the Test Kitchen, where she has worked for Yotam Ottolenghi for four years, contributing to his columns in the Guardian and the New York Times. Ixta lives in London, where she makes regular guest chef appearances in some of the city’s best restaurants. Ottolenghi Flavour is her first book.

Portrait of Hawa Hassan

Hawa Hassan

Hawa Hassan was born in a time of war in Somalia and at the age of four moved with her family to a U.N. refugee camp. In that difficult environment, her mother worked miracles to keep her five children safe, fed and educated. Eventually Hawa's mother was able to make her way to an apartment in Nairobi, Kenya, and three years  after that,  she  made  the  painful  decision to send  Hawa to  Seattle to live with a family friend. It would be 15 years before Hawa saw her family again.

Hawa is the founder and CEO of Basbaas Sauce, a line of condiments  inspired by her country of origin, Somalia. Hawa and her brand have been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Observer, Grub Street, Vogue, The Cut, Eater, and more. 

Hawa’s first book is In Bibi’s Kitchen:The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean, written with Julia Turshen.

Portrait of Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne writer and critic whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Pitchfork, the Saturday Paper and New York magazine. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine was published by Hachette in 2017. She co-hosts Fan Grrrls, a podcast about footy and feelings.

Broadly Speaking

Join us for Broadly Speaking – a series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more. 

Building on conversations begun at Broadside festival in 2019, we’ll bring contemporary feminist discussions to you, wherever you are. Tune in to Broadly Speaking for talks that’ll feed your curiosity and expand your thinking.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.



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