Food & Drink

My Last Meal: Hand to mouth— London


Renowned ceramic artist Edmund de Waal chooses an Italian restaurant in London’s Soho neighbourhood for his ‘last meal’. He’s fascinated by the visual experience of eating and at his alloted restaurant the food comes tapas-style – so he gets to use his hands as well.

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“In my studio there are always people coming through – writers, critics and friends, and we all sit down and eat together. There is always bread, cheese and soup. The idea is that anyone who comes gets fed. It’s quite comically Jewish, but if someone goes away without eating you feel like you’ve somehow failed.

I grew up in a deanery in Canterbury and so many people from all around the world used to pop in for meals – everyone from Desmond Tutu and the Pope to writers, musicians and novelists. My mother always made sure there was bread and she…

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Edmund de Waal is a celebrated ceramic artist known for his series of minimalist porcelain vessels. His works form part of collections in 30 museums around the world, including the V&A in London. His bestselling family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes influences his next show – his new works will be showcased in vitrines like those that feature heavily in the book. The show opens in 2012 in the UK at the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor.


Lamb prosciutto, raw broad beans and pecorino rosso (Sardinia); fried soft-shell crab, blood orange and lamb’s lettuce (Veneto); radish, celeriac and pecorino salad with pomegranates and truffle oil; cassata siciliana (Sicily).


Dishes at Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo have regional appellations and can be eaten tapas-style from sharing plates.
Bocca di Lupo, 12 Archer Street, London
+ 44 20 7734 2223, boccadilupo.com


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