Food and Feuds in Hexham

Published: 22 October 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Food and Feuds

Northumberland’s The November Club brings to life an eighteenth century rivalry between two Hexham cooks, Hannah Glasse and Ann Cook, both of whom wrote popular recipe books.

Hannah Glasse's first recipe book, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, was published in 1747 and became an instant bestseller. It was reprinted at least 20 times over the next 100 years, and Ann Cook’s Professed Cookery: containing boiling, roasting, preserving, potting, pickling, made-wines, gellies, and part of confectionaries was published in 1754 and also went on to become a bestseller.

Food and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham looks at the bitter rivalry between the two. Written by Associate Writer Fiona Ellis, directed by the company’s former Artistic Director Cinzia Hardy and designed by Associate Artist Imogen Cloët who is well known regionally, nationally and internationally as a visual artist and theatre designer, it will be performed in the Great Hall at Hexham Abbey on Friday 12 November at 7:30 and Saturday 13 November at 2:00 and 7:30. The Friday performance will be filmed and broadcast live.

Tickets are £25 for the live performances and £10 for the stream. The live performance ticket price includes a complementary drink from Hepple Gin, or a non-alcoholic alternative, as well as a small taster from the Northumbrian Pantry.

Tickets can be booked on the November Club web site