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)

  • 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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  • Ethiopian Teff 14 Sep 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Teff has been grown in Ethiopia for Millennia. Traditionally, it's ground, milled, mixed with water and fermented for days to make the sour staple flatbread injera. Cultivation of this mysterious and tiny grain has been concentrated in Ethiopia for thousands of years. But now that's changing as the health-conscious Western world realise the nutritional secrets this crop might bestow. In this edition of the Food Programme, Sheila Dillon meets UK entrepreneurs bringing foods, normally seen as Ethiopian to new diners, and speaks to experts to hear how the rise in popularity of teff is affecting the farmers back hom

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  • TOB York Revisited 07 Sep 14

    Sun, 7 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dan Saladino revisits Yorkshire food traditions which were captured on film in 1974 by Derek Cooper, previous presenter of The Food Programme. From Yorkshire puddings to tripe, Dan discovers how the food from this region was formed by the Industrial Revolution, hard labour and fuel.

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  • FoodProg:

    Sun, 31 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In 1974, Derek Cooper set off on a hunt around Britain to discover what was left of its regional foods and ingredients. Forty years on, Dan Saladino revisits Wales, and that series, called "A Taste of Britain" - to meet some of those involved, their descendants, and to find out what happened to these foods and skills, some of which at the time were on the wane when they were recorded for the cameras. Dan asks out how the tradition of fishing for sewin in tiny boats called coracles is faring. He visits Swansea market to ask how the cockle trade is doing now and to see if the famous Welsh laverbread is as popular today as it was when the original series was filmed in the mid 70's.

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  • TOB Revisited - Dorset 25 Aug 14

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In 1974, Derek Cooper set off on a hunt - for BBC Television - around Britain to discover what was left of its regional foods and traditional ingredients. Forty years on, Dan Saladino revisits that series, called "A Taste of Britain" - to meet some of those involved, their descendants, and to find out what happened after these food traditions, many of which at the time were on the wane, were recorded for the cameras. In the first of a three-part special summer series, Dan starts his own food journey in Dorset. He'll share stories with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mark Hix, and go on the trail of some long-hidden buried fungi, as well as an oddly elusive cheese: the Dorset Blue Vinny.

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  • Eat for Victory 17 Aug 14

    Sun, 17 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets the people who are using the techniques of WWII rationing to improve their diet today.

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