Lincoln Book Festival 2020 – Online Author Talk – William Sitwell

William Sitwell

Lincoln Book Festival 2020 – Online Author Talk – William Sitwell in conversation with Dr Claudia Capancioni

The Restaurant: A History of Eating Out (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

William Sitwell is one of Britain’s leading food writers. He is restaurant critic for The Telegraph, a frequent presenter and guest on TV and radio and one of the long-standing critics on the hit BBC show MasterChef.

His new book, The Restaurant: A History of Eating Out (Simon & Schuster, 2020) is “the definitive story of one of the cornerstones of our culture”.

In this special feature-length talk recorded earlier this year exclusively for Lincoln Book Festival, the food critic, writer and presenter discusses his latest book with Dr Claudia Capancioni, academic and Lincoln Book Festival trustee.

Recorded in late summer 2020, William describes the origins of his fascination with food and history, his ideas for fiction writing and techniques for creating narrative. He talks in detail about his new book and the research behind it which reveals how food connects us across generations.

He also considers the importance of the the Government support scheme for the hospitality sector during the coronavirus pandemic this year and the impact of the pandemic on the restaurant industry.

We hope you enjoy this final instalment in our series of video talks by our scheduled guest authors for 2020 – you can find more like it on our website and YouTube channel.