Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Oral History Project

Interview with Paul Levy



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Paul Levy (born 26 February 1941 in Lexington, Kentucky) holds joint US / UK nationality and is an award winning author and journalist. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Penelope Marcus, and has two daughters. Levy attended University of Chicago; University College London; Harvard University; and Nuffield College, Oxford. He was awarded his PhD in 1979. Levy was Food and Wine editor for The Observer from 1980 to 1991 and then Senior Contributor, Culture, The Wall Street Journal (1991-2015). He has contributed widely on food in the media including Gourmet (London Letter) (1990s); Travel + Leisure (1995-2014); wine writer, The Mail on Sunday (1993-2013); New York Times (1980-2012); frequent broadcaster BBC radio and television; Daily Telegraph (2010-); Independent (1990-); Spectator (2015-); New York Review of Books (2016-); TLS (1974-).

Paul is co-literary executor with Michael Holroyd of Lytton Strachey's estate, trustee of the Strachey Trust, Jane Grigson Trust, and co-chair with Claudia Roden of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. With Ann Barr (and synchronically Gael Greene), he coined the word "foodie". He has won many British and American food writing and journalism prizes, including two commendations in the national British Press Awards, in 1985 and 1987. Paul blogs on culture at www.ArtsJournal.com/plainenglish.

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Interview with Paul Levy