Matthew Fort has nursed a passion for the whole of Italy and all its foods since his first visit at the age of eleven. He is now in his fifties. He has been able to requite this passion by yearly visits, during which he has travelled extensively throughout the country. He is steeped in its culture, history, gastronomy and language. He has been the Food and Drink Editor of 'The Guardian' for ten years. In 1992 he was Glenfiddich Food Writer of theYear, and in 1993, Glenfiddich Restaurant writer of the Year, as well as The Restauranteurs Association Food Writer of the Year.
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SWEET HONEY, BITTER LEMONS, Ebury, April 08
At the age of twenty-six Matthew Fort first visited the island of Sicily. He and his brother arrived in 1973 expecting sun, sea and good food, but they were totally unprepared for the lifelong effect of this most extraordinary of islands.
Thirty years later, older and a bit wiser - but no less greedy - Matthew finally returns. Travelling around the island on his scooter, Monica, he samples almond ice cream on the spectacular coast and intoxicating mouthfuls of sausage stew in olive groves, and goes fishing for anchovies beneath a star-scattered sky.
Matthew is drawn once again to the intensity of life in Sicily, its dramatic landscape and traditions, and discovers how the island's vibrant food culture is intertwined with its often turbulent past.
Matthew has an infectious delight in proper good' Rick Stein
'Elizabeth David meets Jack Kerouac' Giorgio Locatelli
'An accomplished piece of travel writing that makes you want to explore the island all for yourself' Sunday Express
'Perfect summer holiday reading' Bookseller
'Witty and romantic' Metro
From eating alone to the more the merrier - inspired ideas for any occasion.
In an epic scooter trip from the South to the North of Italy Matthew Fort explores the local gastronomy, culinary culture and tumultuous history of a country.
Not another chef’s book but a book about English food and English cooking and an English chef.
Matthew has been one of the three judges on all five series of BBC2's GREAT BRITISH MENU. He also hosts MARKET KITCHEN on UKTV Good Food with his co-presenter Tom Parker Bowles. Other television series include Greatest Dishes in the World (Sky; 2005); The Forager’s Field Guide (ITV; 2005). He has nursed a passion Italy and all its foods since his first visit at the age of eleven. He has been able to requite this passion by yearly visits, during which he has travelled extensively throughout the country. He is steeped in its culture, history, gastronomy and language. In 2008 he was awarded the Premio Antica Corte Pallavacina and his book about Sicily, Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons, won the Premio Sicilia Madre Mediterranea in 2009. He has written about food and drink for the Guardian since 1989.