We’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of food and drink events at this year’s Bath Literature Festival.

Saturday 1 March: 8pm: Julian Baggini: Bliss Is…. Food
The philosopher on “how to eat and think” from his new book The Virtues of the Table: “Baggini at his best” – The Guardian

Monday 3 March: 4.30pm: Jonathan Grimwood and John Walsh
The author of The Last Banquet (“brilliantly imagined” – The Times) talks to The Independent’s award-winning restaurant writer about food in fiction.

Tuesday 4 March: 1pm: The Incredible Spice Men
The BBC2 favourites want to transform how we eat at home: “The Hairy Bikers with an Indian twist” – The Guardian.

Wednesday 5 March: 12.20pm: Literary Lunch with James Pembroke and Matthew Fort at Allium Brasserie
The author of Growing Up in Restaurants and the Great British Menu judge on the greatest meals of their lives.

Wednesday 5 March: 4.30pm: Claudia Roden
Nigella’s favourite writer on her life in food. “No more a cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker” – Simon Schama.

Wednesday 5 March: 8pm: Matthew Fort
Britain’s most popular food columnist on his gastronomic exploration of Italy for his new book with crowd-funded publisher, Unbound.

Thursday 9 March: 8pm: Olivia Laing: Bliss Is… Drink
This Costa-shortlisted author on the highs and lows of writers living with the demon drink. “Inspiring” – Hilary Mantel.

Friday 7 March: 1pm: Anna Pavord *sold out — call 01225 463362 for waiting list*
The celebrated Independent gardening writer on “Bliss is… a perfectly ripe pear.”

Friday 7 March: 12.30pm: Literary Lunch with Mr Darcy (Pen Vogler), Allium Brasserie
Food historian Pen Vogler brings Jane Austen’s world to life through food – including the dishes Mr Darcy himself would have eaten.

Friday 7 March: 6.15pm: Mark Hix
The Great British Menu judge and owner of Hix Oyster & Fish House in Dorset, formerly chef director at The Ivy and Le Caprice, on his career in restaurants and lifelong love of food.

Saturday 8 March: 6.15pm: Knackered Mothers’ Wine Club
Everything you need to know about choosing the right wine with award-winning writer Helen McGinn. “She doesn’t just simplify wine, she simplifies life.” – India Knight.

Sunday 9 March: 12.30pm: Literary Lunch with Sophia Waugh, Allium Brasserie
How the British eat – from Mrs Beeton to Elizabeth David, with the food writer and daughter of Auberon Waugh.

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