Laura Cuch


Agnes' Easter Zurek soup

Agnes' recipe for Easter Żurek soup from the book Spiritual Flavours has just been published in the 'Salt' issue of the online journal FEAST.

The Easter Żurek soup is made with fermented rye or sourdough and is traditionally eaten for Easter Sunday breakfast in Poland. For Agnes, this is the most spiritual of all dishes because it includes ingredients, such as salt, that have been blessed in a basket in church on Holy Saturday.

To learn more about this Żurek soup recipe , please visit FEAST's last issue .


Laura Cuch will be presenting the Spiritual Flavours recipe/photobook at The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop on Thursday 5th December, 6-8pm.

For the occasion, Laura Cuch will make her Granfather's traditional recipe of panellets (almond based sweets), which is her own contribution to the book.

The book features recipes from people who belong to different faith communities in one neighborhood in the suburbs of West London, in Ealing.

More info about the book here

Free event. No booking required.


The Spiritual Flavours photo/cookbook has just been published as a signed and numbered edition of 132 copies.

The book features recipes from people who belong to different faith communities in one neighborhood in the suburbs of West London, in Ealing. These comprise a synagogue, a Sri Lankan Hindu Temple, a mosque, a Sikh Gurdwara, an Anglican church, a multicultural Roman Catholic church, a Polish Catholic church and an ethnically diverse Pentecostal church.

The book comes in three different cover colours and is available at The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop

More info about the book here

Presenting Spiritual Flavours
at Cities of Light Barcelona: Coexistence

Laura Cuch will be presenting the project Spiritual Flavours at 'Cities of Light Barcelona: Coexistence Symposium' on Friday 22nd February 2019 at Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

This one-day symposium will bring together photographers, scholars and writers to explore the role that photography and urbanism play in establishing and questioning experiences of belonging and identity in the city.

Cities of Light is a pan-European, multidisciplinary programme of conversations, symposia and exhibitions about photography, literature and urbanism organised by the Urban Photographers Association (UPA). The Cities of Light in 2018-19 are Paris, London, Lisbon, and Barcelona.

Tickets are free but they must be booked via this 'link'

For more information about the program, including parallel activities such as photographic, exhibitions, walks and workshops, visit:

Spiritual Flavours Exhibition

A taste of the Spiritual Flavours project is on display at Watermans Art Centre Riverside Gallery, from 4th December 2018 to 3rd February 2019.

Free Gallery Event:
On 31st January 2019, there will be film screenings of Spiritual Flavours (28') at 6.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm and a Q&A with Laura Cuch at 8pm, followed by drinks. Everyone welcome.

Venue: Watermans Art Centre, Riverside Gallery,
40 High St,
Brentford TW8 0DS,
4th Dec 3rd Feb.
Opening hours: every day, 10am-11pm.

Further details:

Spiritual Flavours screening & presentation
Photography in Academic Research Conference

Laura Cuch will discuss the use of photography as a way of researching the everyday sacred in West London at the international conference 'Photography and Academic Research: Images in the Post-Truth Era' , 6-8 September 2018 at Birbeck Univerity.

The conference will also host a screening of the film Spiritual Flavours (28') on Friday 7th Sept at 10-11:30am, followed by a Q&A

Venue: Birbeck Univerity, Cinema Room, 43 Gordon Square Building, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H OPD

Please download the conference program here or visit the Birbeck website for more information on the conference:

Spiritual Flavours presentation
RGS-IBG Conference 2018

Laura Cuch presented Spiritual Flavours at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 in Cardiff (28th-31st Aug).

One of her presentations was part of a three-session panel that she organised in collaboration with the photographer and doctoral researcher Katherine Stansfeld on ‘Visual approaches to the city: mediating everyday landscapes'. Her presentation was part of the session on ‘Exploring identities, belonging and everyday practices’. The other two session themes were: ‘Producing the urban’ and ‘Cartographic landscapes’.

Laura Cuch also discussed the visual approaches to community and public engagement of her project in the session and ‘Working with: participatory approaches in researching religions, spiritualties, and faith’.

Building on the Spiritual Flavours Spice Lab
Workshop at EASST Conference

In collaboration with Michael Guggenheim (Sociology, Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch is co-organising the workshop ‘Encounter, create and eat the world: a meal’ at the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2018 Conference in Lancaster University (26th July).

The workshop will explore how to do Science and Technology Studies (STS) by cooking and it will include some of the artistic elements from the Spiritual Flavours Spice Lab, which was launched at the Tate Modern in May.

Spiritual Flavours presentation
The Photographers' Gallery

Laura Cuch will be presenting the project Spiritual Flavours at 'Welcome to the Fake: Photography and the Politics of Authenticity' at The Photographers Gallery next Saturday 14th July, from 11am to 4pm.

This is part of the Cities of Light symposium organised by the Urban Photography Association. Her presentation at 11.30 will be part of a session discussing the ways in which photography does politics.

The Photographers Gallery 16 – 18 Ramillies Street London, W1F 7LW

For details, see The Photographers' Gallery website or download the program here.

Spiritual Flavours Film Screening + Q&A
UCL Festival Of Culture

The film Spiritual Flavours will be screening at UCL, on Tuesday 5th June at 6.30pm This is part of as part of its Festival of Culture

Medical Sciences, 131 A.V. Hill Lecture Theatre
UCL, Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT

Further details: Festival of Culture

Spiritual Flavours Screening
at TATE Modern

The film Spiritual Flavours will be screening at Tate Modern on Friday 18th May at 6pm. This is part of a TATE Exchange exhibition Ealing at the Tate: Making Sacred Space .

The event will take place from 12-8pm and I will be running an interactive a spice lab where you can have a go at mixing spices and contributing your own Spiritual Flavours recipe.

Venue: Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, Level 5

Further details:

'Spiritual Flavours: Meals'
image series in FEAST Journal

As part of the Spiritual Flavours project, this series of photographs depicts food related events in worship and congregational spaces and has been published in the latest issue of the journal FEAST: Spaces for Eating.

The series presents various occasions that involve sharing food within religious communities in Ealing, ranging from everyday food practices to yearly celebratory events.

To learn more about these Spiritual Flavours: Meals , please visit FEAST's last issue: Spaces for Eating .

Spiritual Flavours Screening
at Landscape Surgery

For the last sesison of term 1, RHUL Landscape Surgery Seminar Series held a screening of the film Spiritual Flavours followed by a discussion with Laura Cuch.

Read the blog post about the screening here

Arda's choreg recipe

A new recipe from the project Spiritual Flavours has just been published in 'The Meal' issue of the online journal FEAST.

Choreg are delicious traditional Armenian pastries, which Arda bakes for Easter Sunday, as a way of celebrating both the end of lent and her Armenian heritage.

To learn more about this choreg recipe , please visit FEAST's last issue .

Presenting Spiritual Flavours
at Engaging in Urban Image Making Symposium

Laura Cuch will be presenting the project Spiritual Flavours at 'Engaging in Urban Image Making Symposium' on Friday 28th April 2017 at Goldsmiths, University of London, RHB 137a.

The symposium will include a diverse selection of visual stories and explore how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.

This event is a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, London College of Communication, Urban Photographers Association and London Independent Photography. There will be two speakers from each organisation.

Tickets are free but they must be booked via: each organisation.

Organisers of the symposium are Anita Strasser and Gill Golding

For more information and the program, visit:

Spiritual Flavours exhibition
at the Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food

Laura Cuch is one of the photographers exhibiting at the Festival of Political Photography 2017, in Helsinki. This year's edition of the festival is titled 'Post-Food' and will show a range of visual work that focus on political, social and environmental dimensions of food.

The film Spiritual Flavours will be the main feature of Laura Cuch's exhibition, which will also provide a foretaste of a the forthcoming ‘multi-faith’ photographic cookbook as part of the Spiritual Flavours project.

The exhibition will take place at STOA, alongside The Non-Egypcian Restaurant by Asunción Molinos Gordo from 4th February to 30th March. Both Laura Cuch and Asunción Molinos Gordo will give an artist's talk at Cultural Centre Stoa on Sunday 5th February 2017, 12 noon.

Laura Cuch will also take part in the seminar on Post-Food on Saturday 4th February 11–5 p.m. at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Process Space.

Spiritual Flavours Film shortlisted
for the AHRC Research in Film Awards

The film called ‘Spiritual Flavours’, by Laura Cuch, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2016 Research in Film Awards.

Hundreds of films were submitted for the Awards this year and the overall winner for each category will be announced at a special ceremony at BAFTA in London on the 10 November.

There are five categories in total with four of them aimed at the research community and one open to the public. The film Spiritual Flavours has been shortlisted in the category Utopia Award: Imagining Our Futures.

A team of judges watched the longlisted films in each of the categories to select the shortlist and ultimately the winner; key criteria included looking at how the film makers had come up with creative ways, either factual or fictional, of storytelling on camera, that capture the importance of arts and humanities research to all of our lives.

Judges for the 2016 Research in Film Awards include, Professor Tom Inns, Director of the Glasgow School of Art; and writer, broadcaster and film critic, Danny Leigh.

Visit the Research in Film Awards 2016 website.

Spiritual Flavours screening:
Utopia Fair,
Somerset House,
24-26 June

A five-minute preview of the film Spiritual Flavours will be screened at the UtopiaFair at Somerset House.

Please, come and see the film and enjoy the rest of the fair at the quad.

Please, also come find me at the Making Suburban Faith stall, where there will be an exhibition of the project Architectures of Shared Space and some lovely printed materials from the Spiritual Flavours project.

Utopia Fair
Somerset House (Strand, London, WC2R 1LA)
Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court,

24 -26 June 2016

Friday: 17.00-22.00; Saturday: 10:00-18.00; Sunday: 10.00-17.00

Free admission

Welcome to the Spiritual Flavours Website!

The Spiritual Flavours website is now live.

Please have a look through the different sections and find out about the film, the book and the delicious recipes that members of different faith communities in the area of Ealing and Hanwell have cooked for the project. Enjoy!