Antonio Carluccio in Conversation
Today the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature launched the new season of the Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) Open Door Series of events with a sparkling discussion about life, food and books led by Antonio Carluccio OBE.
Carluccio spent more than an hour with guests, discussing his life and work as well as providing a preview of his latest book, The Collection. This brings together for the first time over 300 of his best recipes to form the ultimate text of Italian cooking.
Dubbed ‘The Godfather of Italian food’, Antonio Carluccio is an internationally acclaimed cook whose worldwide book sales number in the millions and whose television series have screened in over 20 countries. Son of the local railway stationmaster, Antonio Carluccio’s love affair with food began when he was a child in his mother’s kitchen. Having moved to London in 1975, he set up and ran the Neal Street Restaurant and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio’s Caffès which of course have become a much loved feature of the UAE culinary landscape.
In 1998 he was given the Commendatore award for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime’s service to the Italian food industry, and in 2007 he received an OBE. He is recognised as one of Italy’s greatest food ambassadors, has written thirteen bestselling books and has made numerous television programmes – the latest being the second instalment of the enormously successful Two Greedy Italians with Gennaro Contaldo.
The Dar Al Adaab Open Door Series is an initiative from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to stage events which promote the written and spoken word year round. Both local and international talent is showcased and the Series this year will also offer workshops and masterclasses. Events are free or at minimal cost with tickets offered first to Festival Friends (members of the dedicated LitFest loyalty programme) and, space permitting, to the general public.
Information about the Dar Al Adaab Open Door Series and the Festival Friends programme are on-line at www.emirateslitfest.com.
Plans are well underway for the main five day Festival to be held in Dubai 5-9 March 2013. Organisers confirmed that the 2013 edition will again feature a dynamic cookery strand welcoming world famous chefs from across the globe. Information will be available on the website as it is confirmed.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
The 2013 Festival will be held between March 5-9, 2013 at The Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. All information is available at: www.emirateslitfest.com