Cookbooks: Do they have a future in the digital age?

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The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries invites the general public as well as University of Portsmouth students and staff to ‘Cookbooks: Do they have a future in the digital age?’ with keynote speaker Jack Monroe, author of Cooking on a Bootstrap. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Lulu Grimes (hub director, BBC Good Food) and Katie Quinn (food vlogger and author), chaired by Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan. Convened and introduced by Dr Laurel Forster.This event is sponsored by the University of Portsmouth Library.With recipes increasingly online and embedded into smart devices, this lecture and round-table discussion asks where this leaves our much-loved cookbooks? What is the role of the cookbook in a contemporary society where food remains a contentious issue, and gourmet food shopping exists alongside foodbanks? Will the cookbook disappear if we become dependent upon computers and smart home gadgets to store and retrieve our recipes? Or does the internet of things encourage new culinary understanding and ingredient experimentation? Would you give up your cookbooks? What do they mean to you? Come and join in this Bookfest discussion.Jack Monroe is a British food writer, journalist and activist known for campaigning on poverty issues, particularly hunger relief. Monroe initially rose to prominence for writing a blog titled A Girl Called Jack (now renamed Cooking on a Bootstrap).Lulu Grimes (hub director, BBC Good Food)Lulu Grimes is currently the hub director of Good Food, she was previously the lifestyle editor. She has wide experience in magazine editorial (olive magazine, Food and Travel and Sainsbury’s Magazine), worked as a food editor for Murdoch books in Sydney where she researched and worked on a series of internationally published food and travel books covering China, India, Thailand, Italy and France. She has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, has taught a course on Food Writing at City University and then at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and has published a number of cookbooks.Katie Quinn (food vlogger and author)Katie Quinn is a video creator, podcast host, and cookbook author. She thinks there is a story to be told everywhere and she believes that food connects people. Every week she posts food & travel videos to her YouTube Channel (which has over 3 million views). Her slogan and podcast title is Keep It Quirky because she thinks life, both in the kitchen and out of it, is more enjoyable if you don’t take yourself too seriously. You may have caught her on NBC’s Today Show, as a contestant on the Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ or as a judge on ‘Beat Bobby Flay.’ She attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris and is the author of the “Avocados” cookbook, published by Short Stack Editions. Before starting the QKatie brand, she worked for NBC, Serious Eats, and NowThis News.
Period2 Mar 2019
Event typeOther
LocationPortsmouth, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • cookbooks