Claudia Roden

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Claudia Roden in the chair at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 2012

Claudia Roden is a cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom.[1][2][3][4][5] She was born in 1936 in Cairo, Egypt.[1] After completing her formal education in Paris, she moved to London to study at Saint Martin's School of Art.[6][7] She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and Arabesque—Sumptuous Food from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon.[2][3][5][7][8]

She has also been a food writer and a cooking show presenter on the BBC.

She now lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.[2]

Roden is a Patron of London-based HIV charity The Food Chain.[9] She is co-chair with Paul Levy of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.[6] In 1999 Roden was honoured with a Prince Claus Award from the Prince Claus Fund, an international culture and development organisation based in Amsterdam.

Claudia Roden (right) and Paul Levy (centre) among panellists at the Oxford Symposium, 2006



  1. ^ a b "Claudia Roden | Jewish Women's Archive". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Rachel Cooke (2012-03-18). "Claudia Roden: interview | Life and style | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b "YaleNews | Renowned Food Writer Claudia Roden To Serve Up Lecture at Yale". 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ Camas, Joanne. "A Conversation with Claudia Roden at". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Activities". Prince Claus Fund. 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  6. ^ a b Ms Claudia Roden, Honorary Fellow, SOAS, University of London. SOAS. Accessed July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Claudia Roden (2010-03-24). "Claudia Roden from HarperCollins Publishers". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  8. ^ Weigel, David. "Claudia Roden's new cookbook, Arabesque, an excellent primer on the Middle East. - Slate Magazine". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  9. ^ "our patrons". The Food Chain. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-27.