It may be considered a cheap and unsophisticated chocolate bar by some, but intrepid war reporter Clarissa Ward says there is one item she can’t go into a conflict zone without: a Snickers bar.
The multi-award winning chief international correspondent for CNN also has advice for budding war reporters: "If you’re a picky eater, go home, because you’re not going to last."
Speaking on the latest episode of the food and drink podcast Biting Talk, Ward celebrates the publication of her book, On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist. Having filed reports from Iraq to Syria and Afghanistan to Egypt, she reflects on the food that has sustained her during her extraordinary career.
"You have to be willing to eat literally anything that is put in front of you," she says, adding that "it’s partly for survival and partly for politeness."
Ward says she was "militant" about packing certain food items, such as granola bars and her beloved Snickers which, she says "make an excellent breakfast chased down with some Arabic coffee."
Hear the full interview on Biting Talk with Life Kitchens, presented by William Sitwell, by clicking on the audio player above. This week’s guests include pie afficionado Calum Franklin, Welsh lamb farmer Freddie Archdale, Hampshire winemaker Zam Baring, and Biting Talk's mixologist Farhad Heydari.