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Quarantine Cravings


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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.


Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne based cook and author. She is the author of three best-selling cookbooks: Around the Table, A Year of Simple Family Food and Ostro; and a columnist for Good Weekend Magazine, ABC Everyday and The Design Files. Julia’s cooking is influenced by her Maltes... Read more

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 s... Read more

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 ... Read more

Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster is an author and essayist from Melbourne. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Vogue Australia, the Guardian and New York magazine. Her first book, the pop culture memoir No Way! Okay, Fine, was published by Hachette in 2017, and she co-hosts th... Read more

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