Following the publication of my memoir Food of Love, cooking up a life across gender, class and race, Catherine Whelan Costen who lives in Calgary, asked to interview me. It gave me the opportunity to share my belief that fossilised, bottled cultures are not desirable. A culture that EXPANDS is thriving. You can put spring water in bottle and cork it or you can let it flow freely and grow into a river and join the sea that touches other continents. I know what I prefer. With food comes love and with love comes hope.

I’m feeling overwhelmed by the wonderful response to Food of Love.  I’ve devised three talks about it. The first is Breaking the Barriers of Gender, Class and Race – the subject of the Old Fire Station launch and these two below.

Some forthcoming talks

January 19:  6-7pm Abingdon Library

Topic: Memoir in all its variety and why YOU should record your memories.


February 23: 6-7pm

Oxford Central Library: Topic: The importance of food in bringing us together. Why I invented the word ‘Communessence’. With food comes love and with love comes hope.

April 26: 6.30 -7.30pm

The London launch of Food of Love, cooking up a life through gender, class and race is

at The Nehru Centrethe High Commission of India.


The Fleur Ostojak interview with Sylvia is on BBC Radio Oxford is on the home page