Claudia Roden is a food writer. She writes about the foods of the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (in particular Italy and Spain), with a special interest in the social, cultural and historical background of food.
Her first book, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, is said to have transformed Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa. It is currently being dramatized for a BBC radio 4 series to be heard in 2018.
Roden is the President of The Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery and an Honorary Fellow at University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies.
She lives in London.