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  • With the centenary this month of modern Turkey, which was proclaimed on 29 October 1923, what better time to reflect upon the country in the company of two well- known Turkophiles?  Jeremy Seal is the author of acclaimed travelogues, including A Fez of the Heart, and Meander, while Jason Goodwin’s books include the wonderful Yasmin detective novels, set in 19th-century Istanbul, and a magnificent history of the Ottoman Empire. Our starting point is Jeremy’s most recent book.  A Coup in Turkey takes a darker turn in exploring the little-known events of 1960 and 1961, when Turkey’s first coup led to the execution of the country’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister. The book serves as a graphic exposé of the tensions and contradictions at work in this young country. But for all its troubles, Turkey remains an inspirational and often spectacular place. Then there is the cuisine, as Jason’s Yasmin Cooks Istanbul so lovingly demonstrates.

    Tickets £16

    Include the talk and tea and baclava

    Tickets can be purchased through the Bridport Information Centre 01308 424901

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    When: Monday 16th Oct 2023 @ 2.30pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Mateo Zielonka, ‘The Pasta Man’ and Instagram sensation, will be at Bridport’s popular Mercato Italiano to give a talk, with recipes from his latest book Pasta Masterclass. He’ll demonstrate techniques of pasta making which appeal to any level from absolute beginners to more accomplished cooks and pasta aficionados. With his colourful and patterned doughs and easy manner, Mateo will inspire you to try any or all of his new ideas at home.

    £15 - 3 Taster Dishes Talk and pasta demonstration
    When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: Mercato Italiano
  • Pen Vogler - Stuffed - A History of Food and Responsibility

    Pen Vogler has written a fascinating history of the people, the ideas and the dishes that have fed – and starved – a nation. Whose responsibility is it to make sure there is something to eat on every table and of what quality? With the ever increasing cost of food, who ensures that children get milk and cereal, eggs and toast to keep hunger at bay, that key workers - whether NHS nurses or soldiers fighting abroad – have the nourishment they need to work at the coal face? Changing customs and laws around food reveal how to feed the nation and the love hate relationship with meat, fish, vegetables and cheese.

    £45 3 Course Dinner

    In conversation with Prue Keely

    When: Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Sladers Yard


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