Food with a story to tell

Stories have always been shared over a good meal, but now chefs and artists are using the food itself to spin yarns, from ancient myths to family memories.

 

It is the final balmy evening of summer and the streets of Southwark in London, where city slickness is swallowing up the area’s Dickensian shabbiness, look like a film set. I am in a modern, glass-walled restaurant, sitting at a blond-wood table. A candle flickers from an incongruous Wee Willie Winkie-style holder and the menus are tucked inside an old, handsomely bound tome. When the first course of bread and dripping arrives, the waiter points out that the molten wax pooling beneath the candle is in fact beef dripping.