Familiar foodie will be the toast of Saltire Society talk

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Arran branch of the Saltire Society is hosting its next event of the season with a talk by renowned food writer and culinary historian Catherine Brown, who is a familiar face on Scottish television.

For those unfamiliar with the Saltire Society concept, the society aims to present in its widest sense, all aspects of Scottish cultural life. It is a non-political organisation which celebrates Scotland’s contribution to the world be it in letters, engineering, ideas, philosophy, architecture, the arts, music, food … in short anything and everything.

The title of the Society’s November talk is: ‘Food and landscape: Scotland’s assets’. Catherine will reflect on the country’s rich food and drink heritage despite its largely challenging landscape and less than favourable climate. She will also provide some tastings of historic recipes.

Catherine became widely known during the 1980s and 90s for her investigative food columns in The Glasgow Herald and as a presenter of STV and Grampian programme Scotland’s Larder. In 2001 she was the Guild of Food Writers’ food journalist of the year and she is the author of several books on Scottish food, including her acclaimed Scottish Cookery. She gave the Jane Grigson Memorial Lecture at this year’s Oxford Symposium on food and cookery. Her time is divided between a small village on Arran and an even smaller village on the shores of Loch Torridon and can be visited at www.catherinebrownfoodwriter.com

The talk will take place on Wednesday November 15, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Altachorvie. Admission will be by donation and wine and snacks will be available along with the tasting of historic recipes. Also that evening, bookings can be made to join members of the Saltire Society at their annual Christmas dinner at the Douglas Hotel. For more information contact convener Hazel Gardiner on 830635.

Catherine Brown will host an informative talk on Scottish food and landscape at the Saltire Society meeting at Altachorvie. No_B45saltire01