57 | A Chat With Pen Vogler
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For the last episode of Tea & Tattle before the New Year, I'm so pleased to bring you a wonderfully festive conversation with the writer and food historian, Pen Vogler. Pen's new book, Dinner with Dickens, is packed with delicious recipes inspired by Charles Dickens's life and novels.
In today's episode, Pen tells me what inspired her latest book, Dinner with Dickens, as well as a little about her research process in sourcing recipes. We also chat about the legacy of A Christmas Carol, and how the novella influenced the type of Christmas dinner we still eat today. It was fascinating, too, to learn about the types of dinner parties Dickens enjoyed hosting and how experiencing hunger as a child influenced his relationship with food later in life.
Listen to learn more about the importance of food in Charles Dickens's life and books.
- 00:25 - Miranda introduces Pen Vogler.
- 02:19 - How Pen's interest in the history of food first began.
- 03:31 - The inspiration behind Dinner with Dickens.
- 04:56 - Pen reads an extract from Dinner with Dickens.
- 09:14 - Why food is so significant in Dickens' stories.
- 11:40 - Why A Christmas Carol captured the imagination of Victorian society so vividly.
- 14:50 - The type of dinner party Dickens would host.
- 18:48 - How the food that Dickens ate reflected his relationships with those closest to him.
- 22:10 - Catherine Dickens's cookbook.
- 24:15 - How Pen researched her book.
- 25:45 - Pen's favourite recipes from the cookbook.
- 29:54 - What's next for Pen.
- Dinner with Dickens by Pen Vogler.
- Dinner with Mr Darcy by Pen Vogler.
- Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Vogler.
- Find Pen Vogler on Twitter.
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He showed his readers that everyone has the right to good food and conviviality, whether they're rich or poor.
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know:
What did you enjoy most about this episode? Would you like to try your hand at some Dickensian recipes?
Tea & Tattle will resume in January, when Sophie will hopefully be back on the podcast too. I've got lots of inspirational content lined up for the New Year, but until then, I hope all our listeners enjoy the festivities of the season. Thank you so much for all your support of Tea & Tattle in 2017. I can't wait to see what fresh adventures and fabulous guests 2018 brings!