Josceline Dimbleby the won the Kate Whiteman Food and Travel Award for her latest book, Orchards in the Oasis, a chapter of which focuses on her time spent in Dittisham.
She writes about exploring the Devon coast in the family boat called Plum and gives lots of information on the Dittisham plums with a recipe for Plum Parfait. Easter is a particularly favourite time for Josceline when the hedgerows are full of violets and primroses and the family ate primrose salad.
During the Dartmouth regatta evening of festivities a large thermos flask would be filled with cassoulet for sustenance so, of course, the recipe for Regatta Cassoulet appears in the book.
Josceline will be interviewed about her book by Devon-based food writer and publisher, Tom Jaine, at Ways With Words at Dartington Hall on Food Day on Thursday, July 14 at 11.30am.
Devon has many top class food writers and more will appear on the Food Day at the festival including the world famous but locally based, Guy Watson (the inspiration and brains behind the Riverford Farm Food Boxes) and Jane Baxter (chef at the Riverford Field kitchen). They will talk about the Riverford philosophy of eating local, fresh, organic food.
Willie Harcourt-Cooze comes from North Devon and put himself, Devon and Venezuela on the television screen when Channel 4 filmed him discovering and buying a 1,000 acre cacao hacienda. He has written a book that reflects his passion for chocolate.
Not all the food writers are Devon based. On Tuesday, July 12 in the Great Hall at Dartington, the legendary Anna del Conte, inspiration to most of the popular chefs of today, including Nigella Lawson, will appear with her granddaughter Coco to talk about cooking with children.
Elizabeth Luard whose recipes from her Welsh kitchen appear regularly in Country Living will also talk about cooking and roaming through the Welsh countryside with her grandchildren while Signe Johansen talks on the new passion for Scandinavian food.
Although some of the food writers appearing at the festival will not come from Devon they will undoubtedly be impressed by the excellent range of food produced locally and will get a chance to try much of it at Dartington Hall.
Find out more about the Ways With Words literature festival on our ArtsCulture site and about Ways With Words’ partnership with Google.