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Vegan Food, Books and Movies

Silvia Rita

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.

So, I would recommend Green Smoothies by Fern Green to know about mixing fruits and vegetables and Vegan Easy by Frances Boswell for salads.

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.

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.

Also Eat Drink Man Woman by Ang Lee.

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

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Lowering Clouds, Núria Añó READ AN EXCERPT

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The Dead Writer, Núria Añó READ AN EXCERPT

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Núria Añó: Núria Añó cursó estudios de Filología Catalana y Lengua Alemana. Compagina la escritura con la traducción, además de la participación en coloquios y becas internacionales, donde suele hablar de su obra, de creación literaria, cine, ciudades o bien analiza la obra de escritores como Elfriede Jelinek, Patricia Highsmith, Karen Blixen, Salka Viertel, Alexandre Dumas (hijo) o Franz Werfel. Sus novelas, relatos y ensayos han sido traducidos al español, francés, inglés, italiano, alemán, polaco, chino, letón, portugués, neerlandés, griego y árabe. La novela 'Els nens de l'Elisa' (2006) queda tercera finalista en el XXIV Premio de las Letras Catalanas Ramon Llull. Siguen 'L'escriptora morta' ([La escritora muerta, 2018], 2008), 'Núvols baixos' ([Nubes bajas, 2021], 2009), 'La mirada del fill' ([La mirada del hijo, 2019], 2012) y 'El salón de los artistas exiliados en California' (2020). Gana el XVIII Premio Joan Fuster de Narrativa Ciutat d'Almenara, el cuarto premio internacional de escritura 2018 Shanghai Get-Together y ha sido galardonada con las prestigiosas becas: Nuoren Voiman Liitto (Finlandia, 2016), Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016), Baltic Centre (Suecia, 2017), IWTCR (Grecia, 2017), Krakow UNESCO City of Literature (Polonia, 2018), IWTH (Letonia, 2019) y IWP (China, 2020). Más información en https://www.nuriaanyo.com