Claudia Roden

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Claudia Roden in the chair at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 2012

Claudia Roden is a cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom.[1][2][3][4][5] She was born in 1936 in Cairo, Egypt.[1] After completing her formal education in Paris, she moved to London to study art.[6] She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food (Penguin Books, 1968), The New Book of Middle Eastern Food (Knopf, 2000, ISBN 0-375-40506-2 (US edition)), The Book of Jewish Food (Knopf, 1997, ISBN 0-394-53258-9) and Arabesque—Sumptuous Food from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon (Michael Joseph, 2005).[6][2][3][5][7]

She has also been a food writer and a cooking show presenter on the BBC.

She now lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.[2]

Roden is a Patron of London-based HIV charity The Food Chain.[8] She is co-chair with Paul Levy of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.

Claudia Roden (right) and Paul Levy (centre) among panellists at the Oxford Symposium, 2006