Sunday 15th October 2023 @ 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Slavic Kitchen Alchemy with Zuza Zak

Presenter - Zuza Zak

Session Room -

Zuza Zak

Sunday 15th October 2023

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

All classes / lectures are free on a first come first served basis, please arrive at the class / lecture areas 10 minutes prior to the start time and please remember to bring your mat for open all yoga class areas.

Zuza’s talk will be about remembering the old ways and how to bring ancient folkloric systems into our modern lives. It will discuss how we can bring about lasting changes to make our lives gentler, sweeter and more in tune with the rhythms of nature, through the lens of her new book Slavic Kitchen Alchemy: Nourishing Herbal Remedies, Magical Recipes and Folk Wisdom. The talk will discuss various ideas and paradoxes Zuzahas come across while writing the book, such as nourishment versus healing; wisdom versus superstition and folk medicine versus folk magic.

Zuza Zak learnt the art of cooking from an early age, from her beloved grandmas. In her previous writing (Polska, Amber & Rye and Pierogi), and her food-focused PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL), Zuza explores food in the context of identity, society and culture, using storytelling to delve into cuisines and their cultures. Having worked in TV for 8 years, Zuza is especially keen on promoting her work through this medium. You can currently see Zuza across Europe and the Middle East presenting Polish food in Food Network Finds: Poland. During the Polish launch of Polska, Zuza took part in a live breakfast TV broadcast – Dzień Dobry TVN – watched by millions of Poles.

Zuza will also be at stand 160