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Food & Words produces food events with a literary bent

Writers’ festival

Author talks & dinners 


& writing classes

Scones &
Afternoon Tea:
North Sydney
Community Centre

March 21

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Artwork: Evi-O

Josh Niland signs his book The Whole Fish Cookbook at Food & Words 2019

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Food events with a literary bent.


Vicky Bennison,

Pasta Grannies 

(Hardie Grant)

Cookbook Love

Our *new* project

Cookbooks and the people who write and read them are put under the microscope in Cookbook Love, a storytelling session about food, books and cooking. Written and presented by Barbara Sweeney, its an amusing and thoughtful exploration of this publishing genre and its place in the world. Our special guest; a woman in possession of her familys handed-down, hand-written, book of recipes.

State Library NSW

2021 dates to come

Tessa Kiros’ tapenade served with a platter of fresh-picked veg from Sift Produce on our February Kitchen Table Tour.

Adam Liaw on food writing across genres at the 2018 writers’ festival.

Writing Workshop

Need a bit of a nudge with that food story or book idea? Want to write sizzling copy for newsletters? Book a one-on-one session with food writer Barbara Sweeney now. Send her an email.

Food & Words champions
Australian food writing and writers.

We use Annie Smithers’ cream scone recipe in our scone making classes.

Magnus Nilsson in full flight in 2016.

Feel inspired

Be nourished

Be uplifted

Our cooking classes for home cooks are designed around the wisdom of our favourite cookbook authors.

Need a bit of a nudge with that food story or book idea? Sign up for one of writing classes. They're great fun.

Food & Words puts on food events with a literary bent and an annual writers' festival of the same name.

Cooking Lessons



“He shoveled the bacon out on a plate and broke the eggs ​in the hot grease and they jumped and fluttered their edges ​to brown lace and made clucking sounds.”  



Next up:

Christmas Cookbook Sale

North Sydney Produce Market, North Sydney

December 15, 2018

Talking Cookbook started when Barbara Sweeney set up a market stall at Eveleigh Farmers Market in Sydney in November 2012. She attended the market for five years, talking to people about food, cooking and recipes. Her motivation? To empower home cooks and spread the joys of the domestic arts. Barbara thinks cooking is a revolutionary act that has the power to empower, instruct and to keep us well – something that isn’t necessarily foremost in mind when you’re in the business of food for profit.

Kitchen Table Talks

Our Kitchen Table Talks is new in 2019, inspired by all the years of gravitating to the kitchen at parties and enjoying some of life’s most important conversations around the kitchen table (plus, the sipping on an infinitesimal number of cups of tea). 

The idea is that we invite food and cookery writers to the table to talk food, books and cookery with you as the guest. Imagine, sharing the table with an author you have long admired and being able to ask them about their work and process. Kitchen Table gatherings will be small, so you’ll always get to ask that question.

Next up:

Tessa Kiros and Emiko Davies at kitchen
tables in Paddington, North Sydney and
Hunters Hill

February 19-21, 2019

Next up:

Bake Stories

BakeClub, Rosebery

Food & Words puts a lifetime of reading about food into practice with cooking classes that draw on hacks gleaned from the world’s best food writers and recipes that we know work. The classes revolve around storytelling: tall tales and true from a life in food.

What they’re saying:

'It was a great class. I learned so much and the quiches that were made were delicious. Thank you for a wonderful day.' —Debbie M

Cooking Classes

Anyone who values books, enjoys reading and has more than a passing interest in food will enjoy the Food & Words writers’ festival. 

Since it began in 2012, Food & Words has featured some of Australia’s best food writing talent. You can see who in the Gallery.

What they’re saying:

Food and Words is a truly unique event. —Anna Low, Potts Point Bookshop

Writers’ Festival

Next up:

Food & Words

September 14, 2019

Whether you want to write a kitchen memoir, compile your grandmother’s recipes into a book or explore the history of the creme caramel, you’ll benefit from spending time with other aspiring writers and a tutor who can help guide your way. 

What they’re saying:

Thank you. Just the oomph I needed to reinvest in my project. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that have the deepest impact. —Michelle G

Excellent workshop – relevant, challenging and valuable techniques I know I’ll use. —Therese P

Barbara was an engaging, empathetic and insightful teacher. Her shared experiences and advice were invaluable. —Pattie M