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What would you choose as your last meal? Chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the seven dishes that have shaped their lives.
In this podcast you will find conversations with interesting people from the world of food and beyond uncovering the seminal dishes and experiences that have shaped who they are today. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.

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Desert Island Dishes Margie Nomura

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    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

What would you choose as your last meal? Chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the seven dishes that have shaped their lives.
In this podcast you will find conversations with interesting people from the world of food and beyond uncovering the seminal dishes and experiences that have shaped who they are today. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.

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    Karan Gokani the founder of Hoppers on his love of Sri Lanka, his passion for cooking and the best dish he's ever eaten

    Karan Gokani the founder of Hoppers on his love of Sri Lanka, his passion for cooking and the best dish he's ever eaten

    My guest today is the founder of Hoppers - Karan Gokani. Combining his passion for cooking with his love of the country of Sri Lanka he has built a restaurant empire celebrating the food of Sri Lanka and Southern India. I went to Sri Lanka last year for the first time and completely fell in love with the food. I’ve been to Hoppers many times so I kind of knew what to expect but honestly it’s just the most amazing country and the most delicious food so it was brilliant to hear from Karan about his love for it it too.
    I know I told you that this was going to just be a little short season for the month of February but already we have come to the last episode of this mini season – it’s gone very quickly but fear not as we are already recording the next – so hopefully wont be too long to wait. 
    Another reminder to any one listening – if you haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter Dinner Tonight, please do think about it. It’s one easy weeknight recipe, often one pan, mostly 30 minutes or less and I look forwards to writing it every week and it’s honestly amazing that there are so many people reading it. Over 22,000 of you now which is amazing but there’s always room for more. https://dinnertonight.substack.com/
    I do hope you enjoy todays episode and thank you for listening. If you don’t already, come and follow me on Instagram @desertislandishes and you can sign up for the newsletter and find a whole host of different recipes at www.desertislanddishes.co 
    Thank you again to HG Walter our sponsor for this month of Desert Island Dishes, and thank you for listening!


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    • 47 min
    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Ravneet Gill (mini episode)

    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Ravneet Gill (mini episode)

    This week we have Ravneet Gill on The Dream Dinner Party– she is an extraordinary pastry chef who just makes the most amazing cakes and puddings. She’s also a TV presenter and cook book author – her third – Baking for Pleasure is out now and it’s all about baking for the pure joy of it. She has been a guest on Desert Island Dishes – a few years ago but well worth a listen. I knew Rav loves to entertain so was great to hear more about that and how she envisages her Dream Dinner Party.

    Thank you to our sponsor for this month – the brilliant family run butcher HG Walter. www.hgwalter.com
    I do hope you enjoyed todays episode and make sure you’re subscribed to catch all episodes of The Dream Dinner Party and Desert Island Dishes. Thank you so much for listening bye!


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    • 24 min
    Bee Wilson, food writer and historian on what comfort food means to her, the joy of potatoes and her 7 Desert Island Dishes

    Bee Wilson, food writer and historian on what comfort food means to her, the joy of potatoes and her 7 Desert Island Dishes

    My guest today is Bee Wilson. In all honesty, Bee is one of the most interesting and thought provoking food writers and historians we’ve ever known.
    She is the author of 8 books about food and eating. Her books have won multiple awards, and she’s won 5 Guild of food writers awards for her journalism. After over 20 years of food writing, this year she released her first cookbook, The Secret of Cooking, something she says she’s dreamt of doing since the age of 8.
    She has been described by Yotam Ottolenghi as "the ultimate food scholar" and writes brilliantly about all aspects of our current food culture.She counts Nigella and Diana Henry as friends (and fans) and I so enjoyed getting to chat to her and hear her Desert Island Dishes.
    I hope you enjoy this one and thank you so much for listening.
    A huge thank you to our sponsor HG Walter for bringing the podcast to you this month - visit them at www.hgwalter.com


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    • 43 min
    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Zena Kamgaing (mini episode)

    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Zena Kamgaing (mini episode)

    This week we have Zena Kamgaing on The Dream Dinner Party. I love bringing you Desert Island dishes but I also selfishly do love the dream dinner party – it’s a just a little bit of fun, I love how everyone of the guests have really embraced the theme and taken it seriously – in a very unserious way. Zena was no exception – I love the sound of her dream dinner party – there is a part in this where she gets me to play one of the games she likes to play but we cut out the actual game part as I would have given away the answers and potentially ruined your fun.
    Hope you enjoy listening to the dream dinner party as much as I enjoy bringing it to you and I always want to hear from you the listener about who you would be inviting and what you would be serving!
    Thank you to our sponsor for this month – the brilliant family run butcher HG Walter. www.hgwalter.com
    So there we have it Gennaro’s dream dinner party is over, the food has been eaten and the guests have gone home. I do hope you enjoyed todays episode and make sure you’re subscribed to catch all episodes of The Dream Dinner Party and Desert lsland Dishes. Thank you so much for listening!


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    • 24 min
    David Loftus the photographer whose work has resulted in more than 30 million book sales on the dishes that have shaped him

    David Loftus the photographer whose work has resulted in more than 30 million book sales on the dishes that have shaped him

    My guest this week is the world famous photographer David Loftus. David is one of the most influential photographers of all time often fondly referred to as Lord Loftus. Award-winning and internationally acclaimed, David has done the photography for the books of Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo, Gennaro Contaldo, Elizabeth David and April Bloomfield. For over 20 years, David has photographed over 150 books including all but one of Jamie Oliver’s international best-sellers. His work with Jamie Oliver alone has resulted in book sales of over 30 million copies. You will have looked a David’s photographs even if you were unaware of it at the time. 
    Thank you so much to HG Walter for sponsoring this month of Desert Island Dishes. Head to www.hgwalter.com for nationwide delivery.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Rick Stein (mini episode)

    Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party with Rick Stein (mini episode)

    Hi I’m Margie Nomura and welcome to another episode of our side side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us all about their dream dinner party. And this week we have the one and only Rick Stein – I know so many of you loved his episode of Desert Island Dishes so I’m thrilled he also joined us to share his Dream Dinner Party. I think Rick would be a popular choice on lots of people Dream Dinner Party guest list so it was so interesting to hear who he would pick. Love that Ricks dinner parties all include a lot of dancing and also some very good tips about the actual art of hosting in this one – ensuring you don’t run out of time and that you don’t want to be still cooking when people are there, which I very much agree with. 
    Thank you to our sponsor for this month – the brilliant family run butcher HG Walter. www.hgwalter.com


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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

bigdtb ,

Love this podcast

Margie’s interview style is perfection and I love hearing everyone’s food memories. Has inspired so many conversations around our own dinner table on what are desert island dishes would be. A true treasure!!

Becky - NYC & NC ,

My favorite podcast!

I wasn't familiar with Margie Nomura, the host/creator, of Desert Island Dishes, until recently. This has quickly become my very favorite podcast. You feel as if you're comfortably sitting at a kitchen table listening to a wonderful chat between friends about food, life and more. Brilliant line-up of guests.

Jen Kay Gee ,

Great mix of foodie chat and guest origin stories

Love listening to Margie’s calming, almost soporific voice, as she meanders through the 7 weekly food questions via her guest’s backstory. Often heading down interesting tangents, informed by impressive thorough pre-interview research. Great listen.

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