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Rescheduled to…
Saturday 6th June, 2pm at Rye Books

Lizzie Mabbott food blogger and author of the excellent, just-published ‘Chinatown Kitchen’
will be cooking up some lovely dishes from her book in a live cooking demo outside Rye Books.

Not to be missed. It's making us hungry already!

From Noodles to Nuoc Cham, delicious dishes from Southeast Asian ingredients...

Southeast Asian food is more popular than ever before, but what ARE all those mysterious ingredients in the southeastern section of the supermarket - or, even more so, in your nearest Southeast Asian market? Lizzie Mabbott identifies key ingredients, explains the differences between the 77 types of noodles (not counting "Pot") and tells you how to use them. AND she provides all the recipes you'll need to cook your own delicious meals at home using the tastiest ingredients from China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan and all across the region. So tuck in to the authentic (from Grilled Aubergines with Nuoc Cham to Chinese Chive Breads and Korean Summertime Noodles) or the inventive and absolutely delicious (Kimchi Toasted Cheese Sandwich, Tempura Soft-Shell Crab Burgers and Chinese Spag Bol), and cook your way around the Asian supermarket.

'I’ve been writing about food for years, but even I find the dizzying selection in Asian supermarkets bewildering. How to differentiate between the different sorts of tofu? When to use ho-fun or udon? How to tell your gai lan from your choi sum? What the heck is gochujang? And why did nobody tell me that belachan, terasi, mam tan and kapee are all the same thing? Lizzie Mabbott's mission to demystify these intimidating emporia and talk you through using their wares in a series of delicious, accessible recipes is an inspired one. And she does it with wit, clarity and humour.' - Guardian

Lizzie Mabbott is an Anglo-Chinese self-taught cook and award-winning food writer. Her Twitter account @hollowlegs has over 15,000 followers. In 2011, Lizzie was one of Red Magazine's "20 Women Under 30" and in December 2014 she was featured in Elle Magazine's "Inspire List" her blog 'Hollow Legs' has been featured in the Telegraph's "Best Food Blog" top 10, Time Out's "Favourite Food Blog" top 10, and was highly commended at the OFM Awards 2012.


Thursday 11th June, 7pm at Rye Books

Local author James Wilson will be in conversation with literary agent Anna Power discussing his new novel ‘Summer Of Broken Stories’, a powerful novel of friendship, rebellion and betrayal.

England, 1950s. While out playing in the woods, ten-year-old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger, who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard, is captivating – an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark’s fellow villagers, and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make-believe world, and in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing – a work of ominous science fiction.

As the meddling villagers plot to drive Aubrey out, Mark finds himself caught between two worlds – yet convinced that he must help Aubrey prevail at any cost. Dealing with powerful themes of friendship, rebellion and betrayal, The Summer of Broken Stories is James Wilson’s long-awaited new novel.

“Wilson has a gifted, original voice.” The Daily Telegraph

“This book is so subtle, so moving, so intelligent — it does knock spots off almost everything else around.” Derek Beaven, author of Acts of Mutiny.

Born in Cambridge and educated at Oxford, James Wilson now lives in London and Normandy. He is the author of four acclaimed novels – The Dark Clue, The Bastard Boy, The Woman in the Picture and Consolation – as well as a work of narrative non-fiction, The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America.

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