Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are the amazing food duo behind the award-winning Honey & Co. The husband and wife duo have opened three hugely successful restaurants across London, write a weekly column for the FT weekend magazine and have written a critically acclaimed book, At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen.
What was the last book you read?
S: Ordinary people by Sally Rooney
I: Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
What did you read it on?
Both: A soft cover book.
What’s next on your reading list?
S: We are just swapping books!
Which writer would you have loved to have met and why?
S: Philip Pulman, I love the Dark Materials trilogy and would love to geek talk about it for hours.
I: Bruce Chatwin, from his writing I think he comes across as warm and interesting.
You are stranded on a desert island. Which three books would you want with you?
S: The trilogy as above would be good if bound together to be one book, then possibly a Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, and Someone to Run With by David Grossman.
Which is your favourite bookshop or e-bookstore and why?
Both: Daunt Books in Marylebone, it is close to work and a great shop, and out of town there is the wonderful Toppings Saint Andrews or Bath, both are great shops too.
Name your favourite app and why.
Both: Podcast app, love listing to anything on a podcast.
Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure.
Both: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – Islands in the stream – it’s our karaoke song.
And your one from the world of fiction?
Both: Harry Potter
When did you first realise you wanted to work in publishing?
Both: It was a bit of an accident really, but we really enjoy it now.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Both: OMG – they must be crazy
Which great novel have you tried to read but failed?
I: Tristram Shandy
S: Madame Bovary
What was your first job?
S: Catering for small events.
I: Pot wash in a large hotel.
What is the silliest thing you have on your desk?
Both: We don’t have a desk.
Tell us about a passion you have outside the business.
Both: We both love pottery and are learning how to throw and work with clay, we love reading too.
Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?
Both: We aren’t big on inspirations, we try and be the best we can and enjoy it on the way.
What distracts you from writing?
What was the first book that made you cry?
S: Itamar doesn’t cry much, for me I think it was Anne Frank’s diary.
What are the most common traps for aspiring writers?
Both: We don’t know, we are still aspiring to be better and more coherent.
If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
S: Start doing sports early on, its much harder later in life but so important for morale and health.
I: Don’t worry too much, it will be OK.
What was your favourite childhood book?
I: Able’s Island and The Hobbit.
S: The Clan of the Cave Bears and all the ones following.
If you could bring a fictional book character to life for one day to hang out with, whom would it be?
I: Inspector Bordeli, by Mario Vicchi.
S: Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Both: We work, do pottery, cook and have fun.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Both: We just try and fit it in amongst everything else that we do, its hard and a lot of writing happens late at night.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Both: We are far from authorities and feel we aren’t qualified to give advice on writing but we think the main thing is to just continue trying.
Sarit and Itamar will be joining us during London Book & Screen Week 2019 to host a demonstration and tasting at The Good Housekeeping Institute, London. Tickets are now available for a whole morning of mouth-watering fun https://lbsw-honeyandco.eventbrite.co.uk