Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Deep Cut: The Secret Lives of Food

Organised by: Ethos Books
Performed by: Charmaine Chan
  • Date:
    16 Feb 2019
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  • Venue:
    20 Duxton Road, Littered with Books
    20 Duxton Road, Littered with Books20 Duxton Road, Littered with Books
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"And suddenly the memory returns. [...] The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it." – Marcel Proust

Food, by its very sensory nature, is incredibly linked to our memories. For author Charmaine Chan, popiah, pandan cake and tah mee pok always have the power to draw her back to precious moments with her sisters whilst growing up.

Whether you're a foodie looking for new food adventures in the literary realm or a reader alone in your tasting of food writings, have a feast with author Charmaine Chan on her favourite literary writings of food, and the ways food is intertwined with memory.

About Deep Cut

Inspired by the term deep cut—used in the music industry to refer to the b-sides or songs of an artist that are not well known or conventionally played—this year-long series explores both unconventional intersections in literature and the little-known sides to authors.

Our venue partner, Littered with Books, is an independent bookseller in Duxton housing a range of carefully curated literary books!

Other sessions:

April 20, 2019—The Books That Saved My Life
with Charmaine Leung

June 15, 2019—The Art of Tennis
with Noelle Q. de Jesus

August 17, 2019—The Art of Being Present
with Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Muzakkir Samat

October 19, 2019—The Poetics of Martial Arts
with Loh Guan Liang

About the author
Charmaine Chan is a writer, journalist, editor, poet and former lawyer from Singapore. An inveterate globetrotter, she has lived, studied and worked around the world, from London to Hong Kong, Guam to Shanghai. Her work has appeared in Her World, The Peak and Prestige. Her poetry was featured in the bestselling anthology, No Other City: the Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry. The Magic Circle, a creative non-fiction work, is her first full-length work.

Deep Cut: The Secret Lives of Food