This interview to vegan author Núria Añó was published at Eat Like a Writer last June 2, 2021
Núria Añó is a Catalan/Spanish author. Since 2020, three of her books are available in English: “The Dead Writer” (novel), “Lowering Clouds” (novel) and “The Salon of Exiled Artists in California” (biography on Jewish screenwriter Salka Viertel)
How is your relationship with food affected by you being a writer, or vice versa?
Well, when I am traveling as a writer to other countries, I like to eat the food that the natives eat.
So, in this sense, when I was in China for two months, it was a new world for me. I was living in an apartment and I was preparing food, but I used to eat Chinese food, such as a lot of tea, lotus roots, bamboo, seaweeds, jujube and so on.
I still use sticks while eating after five years because it makes you eat slower.
Do you have any favorite food books that you recommend?
As a vegan it’s important to read about healthy products or superfoods and when you’re a beginner is a good idea to learn how to prepare vegan food without being a boring process.
Any favorite foods or beverages?
I adore Taiwan oolong tea, pu-ehr tea and white tea and ginger, green apples, cinnamon.
My favorite recipe is tabbouleh, a bulgur wheat salad, with tomatoes, lemon, parsley, olive oil and pepper.
Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?
I enjoyed making these vegan cinnamon rolls.
Favorite food movies?
Love the colorful food in the short story Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen, it was adapted to the cinema by director Gabriel Axiel.
Both have a delicious slow tempo while the food is cooking.
I also liked Eat Pray Love when the main character is in Italy and enjoys Italian food without caring so much about weight gain.
But maybe The Trip and Trip to Italy by Michael Winterbottom describe that food, a good friend and an intellectual dialog are the best company for writers.
What do you snack on when you’re on deadline?
I don’t really snack, but if I need it, I like handmade oatmeal cookies with banana, chia and cinnamon.
Anything else you’d like to add about being a writer?
The best food for writers is reading.
Other books by Núria Añó in English
The Salon of Exiled Artists in California, Núria Añó READ AN EXCERPT
Lowering Clouds, Núria Añó READ AN EXCERPT
The Dead Writer, Núria Añó READ AN EXCERPT