Food Programme

Food Programme

Provenance and pleasure, history and health - Radio 4's weekly look at food. Making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and factory. We place food in its historical and cultural context; call to account policy makers and industry decision makers; and celebrate the sheer pleasure of good food.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Ahead for Christmas 23 Nov 14

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon and guests, including Diana Henry, prepare Middle Eastern 'get ahead' treats for Christmas.

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  • Terra Madre 16 Nov 14

    Sun, 16 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Food stories from across the world. Dan Saladino travels to Terra Madre 2014 in Turin. It is a global movement of farmers and food producers which attracts the attention of world leaders - from Michelle Obama to Pope Francis.

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  • Mushrooms 9th Nov 14

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mushrooms. From the king oyster to the not-so-humble button, Dan Saladino discovers a world of mushrooms, grown for food. He follows the spores to reveal the secrets of mycelium, hunts for the perfect mushroom sandwich, and finds that there is one species in particular that dominates the supermarkets and our kitchens.

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  • 02 NOV 14: Tom Jaine

    Sun, 2 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon talks to restaurateur, publisher, oven builder and all round polymath, Tom Jaine about his life through food. With contributions from Rick Stein, Tim Hayward and Joyce Molyneux.

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  • 26 Oct 14: Women in the Kitchen

    Sun, 26 Oct 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at the state of play for female chefs in the professional kitchen. She talks to Alice Waters, Sally Clarke, Margot Henderson and Mary-Ellen McTague. We also hear from Joyce Molyneux, who was one of the female exceptions in the professional kitchen in post war Briatin . In light of comments from some well known male chefs, most recently Tom Kerridge, Sheila asks if the kitchen as a working environment has really changed that much over the last few decades and whether prejudice and a macho culture deters up and coming talent.

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  • Harold McGee 12 Oct 14

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harold McGee, the man who helped explain the science of the kitchen, tells his food story. His book, published in 1984, On Food and Cooking, has influenced home cooks as well as a new generation of experimental chefs.

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  • Rabbit 19 Oct 14

    Sun, 19 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In a stew about rabbits. Sheila Dillon discovers the delights of eating rabbit meat, but also why some people think it is unjustifiable. Produced by Emma Weatherill.

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  • 05 Oct 14 Mouthwatering Mutton

    Sun, 5 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mutton tastier than lamb - why we should all demand to eat older meat. Dan Saladino uncovers the mystery of why we no longer eat mutton, despite it being a favoured meat of the Victorians. He hears about the efforts of Bob Kennard, author of Much Ado About Mutton, to campaign for good quality mutton to return to our menus.

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  • 28 Sep 2014: Urban Honey

    Sun, 28 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Bees and the city and all things urban honey. With reports from Copenhagen, New York, London and Bristol.

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  • Food is MAD 21 Sep 14

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    From a lesson in "guerrilla gardening" by LA's Ron Finley to Mastering the Art of Soviet cooking with food writer Anya Von Bremzen, Dan Saladino reports from an annual food symposium held in Copenhagen, called MAD (the word for food in Danish).

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