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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  • 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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  • Veg Not Drugs 10 Aug 14

    Sun, 10 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Growing salad leaves is changing the lives of former drug addicts in Bristol. Sheila Dillon visits The Severn Project run by Steve Glover.

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  • Problems with Poultry? 3 Aug 14

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Is the poultry industry fit for purpose? As our consumption of chicken increases and UK poultry production intensifies, Dan Saladino looks at the modern poultry industry.

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  • English Wine 27 Jul 14

    Sun, 27 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    English and Welsh wines appear to be on the up and up. Sheila Dillon goes to the vineyards to investigate.

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  • 20 Jul 14 Salad leaves

    Sun, 20 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The salad: Simple food in an increasingly complex world. Dan Saladino reports.

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  • 13 Jul 14 Food in Opera

    Sun, 13 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Food in Opera. The story of food told through 400 years of music history. Gluttonous composers, cuisine centred plotlines and singers needing nourishment. With Sheila Dillon

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  • Food in the Curriculum

    Sun, 6 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Stefan Gates talks to teachers, kids and cooks about food and the curriculum, ahead of the changes that come into force from September. Stefan asks how well prepared schools and teachers are, what students think of it all and whether the changes will finally spark a real change in the attitudes to food that will grow for generations.

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  • 29 Jun 14 Diana Kennedy

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    World authority on the food of Mexico, the British born writer Diana Kennedy speaks to Dan Saladino

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  • 22 Jun 14 Sweeteners

    Sun, 22 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon asks whether sweeteners could be the way for us to cut down sugar but to keep enjoying sweet treats. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced in Bristol by Emma Weatherill.

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  • 04 Mar 13 US Southern Cooking & Sean Brock

    Sun, 15 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Johnson is in South Carolina to meet Charleston chef, Sean Brock, who is on a mission to revive ingredients and flavours not experienced for hundreds of years. It's a story that involves an intricate "food tattoo", one of America's biggest private seed collections, a hog roast and "pick picking" and bowls of delicious peas, beans, rice, grits and fried chicken. Producer: Dan Saladino

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  • Holy Food 8 JUN 14

    Sun, 8 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Hayward looks at the tradition of monastic food production, with stories from Sicily, New York and from closer to home.

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  • 1 Jun 14 Knives

    Sun, 1 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The knife, that most coveted of kitchen tools, is Sheila Dillon's subject to explore this week.

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  • 25 May 14 Wild Booze

    Sun, 25 May 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Forager Andy Hamilton leads a journey hunting for plants to make incredible drinks, and looks again at the wild world all around us.

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  • 19 May 14 Farmed Fish

    Mon, 19 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Fields of Fish - The huge rise in farmed fish and the people trying to make it sustainable. The world is now producing more farmed fish than farmed beef. Sheila Dillon discovers how fish farming works and hears concerns about its impact on the environment and fish welfare. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced in Bristol by Emma Weatherill.

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  • Ken Hom part II 12 May 14

    Mon, 12 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon talks to Ken Hom about his extraordinary life through food. In this second of two special editions recorded at the Bristol Food Connections Festival they focus on what Ken has been doing since his early BBC career and about how his political beliefs have developed.

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  • Ken Hom part I 11 May 14

    Sun, 11 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ken Hom speaks to Sheila Dillon for Food Connections festival in Bristol about his extraordinary life through food. Part 1: 1 His upbringing and early career.

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  • 05 May 14 Food and Farming Awards

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Sheila Dillon presents this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards. From Best Takeaway to Best Food Market producer, the judging team reveal the "best of the best" in British food and drink. At a ceremony described by Jamie Oliver as the "Oscars of the food world", Sheila and her co-host, cook and food writer Valentine Warner, take us through the stories of the finalists and announce this year's winners. Produced by Dan Saladino

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  • 04 May 14 Behind the Scenes FAFA

    Sun, 4 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The first of two-part special on the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards. In this episode Valentine Warner, Chair of the judges, discovers the food, music and animation which all played their part in the 2014 Awards ceremony Produced by Emma Weatherill in Bristol

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  • Plantains and pleasure

    Sun, 27 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Hayward on the evolution of Jamaican food in the UK with chefs and cooks in Bristol.

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  • 20 Apr 14 Derek Cooper

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon pays tribute to the late Derek Cooper who started The Food Programme back in 1979 and changed the face of food broadcasting and journalism.

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  • 13 Apr 14 Food in Northern Ireland

    Sun, 13 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Northern Ireland's chefs and producers leading a food renaissance speak to Sheila Dillon and John Toal

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  • 6 Apr 2014 Milk

    Sun, 6 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon and guests discuss the controversial subject of raw milk.

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  • 30 Mar 14 Wild Beer

    Sun, 30 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dan Saladino meets brewers transforming the flavours and styles of the British craft beer scene.

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  • 23 Mar 2014 Micro-Bakeries

    Sun, 23 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The rise and rise of the micro-bakery. How home baked bread became a business opportunity.

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  • 16 Mar 14 Hospital Food

    Sun, 16 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The battle to improve our hospital food

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  • 10 Mar 14 FAFA Finalists

    Mon, 10 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Introducing the farmers, producers and cooks who have made it through to the final stage of BBC Food & Farming Awards.

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  • 2 Mar 14 A Renaissance for Butchers?

    Sun, 2 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon examines the state of the Butchery profession since the horsemeat scandal.

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  • The Future of Fairtrade

    Sun, 23 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    On the 20th anniversary of Fairtrade, Matthew Hill reports on the future of the label.

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  • 16 Feb 14 Really Wild Food

    Sun, 16 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The team behind the BBC's Natural History Unit describe their strangest collection of food stories from around the world.

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  • 09 Feb 2014 Claudia Roden

    Sun, 9 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Claudia Roden's life through food

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  • 3 Feb 14 Ready Meals

    Tue, 4 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The ready meal after horsemeat, why it was good news for chilled but a problem for frozen. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced by Emma Weatherill

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  • 26 Jan 2014 Greek Yogurt

    Sun, 26 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Why humble Greek yogurt has triggered a worldwide food craze. With Sheila Dillon.

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  • 19 Jan 14 Food & the future of Pubs

    Sun, 19 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Food and it's role in the British pub. From traditional Asian curries to the influence of Michelin starred chefs.

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  • 12 Jan 14 Three Inspirational Cooks

    Sun, 12 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Re-visiting inspirational caterers from the very first BBC Food & Farming Awards. They share stories of cooking for people with cancer, HIV and mental illness.

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  • 05 Jan 14 BBC Food & Farming Awards. The Launch

    Sun, 5 Jan 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Sheila Dillon, chef Richard Corrigan and food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner help launch the 2014 BBC Food & Farming Awards.

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  • 15 Dec 13 Fish & Chips

    Fri, 3 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Is the great British fish and chip shop having a renaissance? Food blogger Daniel Young helps Sheila Dillon to investigate.

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  • 28 Dec 13 Elizabeth David 100 Years

    Sun, 29 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The relevance today of Elizabeth David - the woman who brought the Mediterranean to post-war Britain. Presented by Sheila Dillon and Tim Hayward. Produced in Bristol by Emma Weatherill.

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  • 22 Dec 13: Nutmeg: The Smell of Christmas?

    Sun, 22 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Nigel Slater says 'Nutmeg and citrus are the scents of Christmas' but Sheila Dillon needs convincing.

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  • 08 Dec 13 Bovril

    Sun, 8 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lesley Steinitz explains the pioneering story of Bovril - a very beefy love affair. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced in Bristol by Emma Weatherill.

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  • 1st Dec 2013 Alice Waters, A Delicious Revolution

    Sun, 1 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Californian chef and campaigner Alice Waters shares her food story with Sheila Dillon.

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  • 24 Nov 13 Cook Books

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian Stephen K Amos and food writers Catherine Phipps and Fiona Beckett join Sheila Dillon to review this year's best cook books.

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  • 18 Nov 2013: Grimsby's smoked fish

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Fenland celery has just received the same EU protection as champagne. Sheila Dillon investigates the longer term impact of PGI on Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish.

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  • 10 Nov 13 The Sugarman of Brazil

    Sun, 10 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The incredible story of one farmer who is trying to change the way we produce our food.

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  • Horsemeat 04 Nov 13

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon asks why no one has been prosecuted following on from the horsemeat scandal.

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  • 28 Oct 13 Restaurant Reviews

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With an abundance of different restaurant reviews, Sheila Dillon asks who we can trust.

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  • 21 Oct 13 Cider

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Cider: Britain's Most Misunderstood Drink? Drinks writer Pete Brown explains why bottles of cider should be on the UK's dinner tables.

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  • 13 Oct 13 The Great British Hop

    Sun, 13 Oct 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Three decades ago Miles Warde worked on a hop farm in Herefordshire. Split shifts, tractors with lights, and when you weren't sleeping you'd be in the pub. Today that farm is now a vineyard, so the presenter began wondering what had happened to the great British hop. The first thing he discovered is that there are only sixty hop farmers left.

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  • 07 Oct 13 Cook slow, cook fast

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets a new generation of cooks using slow and pressure cookers.

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  • 29 Sep 13 School Food Plan

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The School Food Plan, written by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, aims to increase take-up of school meals, improve the quality of food served and tackle student hunger and the early causes of health problems. Sheila Dillon investigates.

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  • 23 Sep 13 Myrtle and Darina Allen

    Sun, 22 Sep 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Myrtle and Darina Allen, revolutionised food in Ireland with their cooking. From pioneering restaurants to groundbreaking farmers' markets, Dan Saladino tells the story of food and Ballymaloe.

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  • 16 Sep 13 Booze Free Bars

    Mon, 16 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    With an increasing number of us giving up alcohol, new bars are popping up across the country to provide an alternative to pub drinking. Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli.

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  • 08 Sep 13: The Future of Street Food

    Sun, 8 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can street food change the world? Richard Johnson looks at ideas being tried around the world, from food carts setting up in "food deserts" to night time food markets being set up to transform city life.

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  • 02 Sep 13 DIY Foods

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward meets the people taking ambitious food production into their own hands.

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  • 25 Aug 13: In Praise of Bacon

    Sun, 25 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    An Ode To The Bacon Butty. Hardeep Singh Kohli's personal plea to the nation to reflect on a food of wonder: bacon. Hardeep goes on a roadtrip around Scotland meeting bacon eaters, makers, regalers and producers.

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  • 18 Aug 13: Feeding the Detectives

    Sun, 18 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dan Saladino looks at how food has increasingly become a big ingredient in crime fiction.

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  • 11 Aug 13: A World Stage for Food and Music

    Sun, 11 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How cooks from twelve countries gathered to share food and music on stage at WOMAD festival. Presented by Sheila Dillon.

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  • 05 Aug 2013 The Banana

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The banana; fascinating history, uncertain future. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced by Emma Weatherill

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  • 28 Jul 13: Frugal Food

    Sun, 28 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets the cooks who've specialised in making great food on very low incomes. Including: Jack Monroe (A Girl Called Jack); Skint Foodie and Miss South and Mr North.

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  • 21 July 13: Re-thinking Veganism

    Sun, 21 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds out how a new generation is rethinking and embracing a meat and dairy free diet.

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  • 14 Jul 13: Brown Trout

    Sun, 14 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In part two of their exchange of food stories Magnus Nilsson invites Valentine Warner to venture into the lakes of Sweden's Jamtland in search of wild trout. In the summer the sun remains in the sky and so at midnight they head into the forests of northern Sweden to catch brown trout, an important and traditional food for traditional communities in the region.

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  • 7 Jul 13: Wild Boar

    Sun, 7 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Valentine Warner and Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson swap food stories. In part one, British wild boar.

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  • 30 Jun 13: Butter

    Sun, 30 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets a new generation of producers making butter special again.

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  • 23 Jun 13: Food Game Changers

    Sun, 23 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at the award winners who are leaving high flying careers to follow their passions and dreams in food production.

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  • 16 Jun 13: Mott Green

    Sun, 16 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The story of Mott Green, Grenada maverick chocolate maker who tried to change the world.

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  • 09 Jun 13 Bereavement and food

    Sun, 9 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores how the smells, taste and cooking of food can help people heal after a bereavement.

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  • Michael Pollan: Cooking Matters

    Tue, 4 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon speaks to Michael Pollan about why we are, "the cooking animal".

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  • 26 May 13: Sugar

    Tue, 28 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds out why the debate about the role of sugar in our lives is hotting up.

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  • 19 May 13: Diet and Cancer

    Sun, 19 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon asks if food and nutrition should have a bigger role in treating cancer.

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  • 12 May 13: Jancis Robinson

    Thu, 16 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon speaks to world-renowned wine writer and critic Jancis Robinson.

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  • Digital dishes, life stories and recipes.

    Sun, 5 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How 13 strangers from different food cultures, met, cooked and shared some fascinating culinary stories.

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  • Black Pudding

    Tue, 30 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Charles Campion goes in search of the perfect Black Pudding.

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  • 21 Apr 13: Road Food

    Sun, 21 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    An army of lorries and other road vehicles keep our food economy moving. Sheila Dillon finds out what it's like to work, live and eat on the road.

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  • 14 Apr 2013: Chilli Britannia

    Thu, 18 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward bites into Britain's growing chilli scene, from growers to expert eaters and those who like their chillies red hot.

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  • Madhur Jaffrey

    Mon, 8 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Madhur Jaffrey's life through food.

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  • FoodProg:30Mar13

    Mon, 1 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fasting - is it good for the soul, body and mind?

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  • 24 Mar 13 Marmalade

    Mon, 25 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Hayward tastes the quirky world of competitive marmalade-making.

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  • FoodProg:17Mar13Taste

    Mon, 18 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    We are only just beginning to understand why taste is important to our health and wellbeing. For writer Marlena Spieler it's essential and she realised just how, following a car accident and a head injury that deprived her of her sense of taste.

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  • 10 Mar 13 Africa's forest foods

    Mon, 11 Mar 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores Africa's forest foods, both an emergency larder and source of wonderful flavours. With the support of Comic Relief and funds raised through Red Nose Day work is underway to tap into the potential of this neglected food source. From Shea butter to Maringa, Sheila tastes her way through this story with Tony Hill of the charity Tree Aid, and Malcolm Riley, "the African Chef", whose cooking career started in Zambia. On the menu, prawns stir-fried in an ingredient from the baobab tree, and as Malcolm explains, it's "modern African cuisine". Producer: Dan Saladino

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  • 25 Feb 13 The Death of Three Square Meals?

    Mon, 25 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon examines the fashion for grazing and if it's summoned the death of three square meals a day.

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  • 18 Feb 13 Garlic the wonderbulb

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores a bulb which arouses strong feelings and is now in most of our kitchens - garlic.

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  • 03 Feb 13 Food on a Pension

    Fri, 15 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the food lives of people surviving on the basic state pension. To fully understand the experience of living on a small income and feeling the limitations of older age, food writer Andrew Webb volunteered to spend a week living as his 80 year old self. With an ageing population, an increase in food prices and cuts to local council services, The Food Programme investigates what our food future might look, feel and taste like.

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  • 100213 Horsemeat Scandal Update

    Mon, 11 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon updates the latest on the horsemeat scandal and its implications.

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  • Food in the Life of Sir Paul McCartney

    Mon, 28 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon with an exclusive food interview with former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

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  • Horsemeat and the Irish Burger Scandal

    Mon, 21 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In a special edition of The Food Programme, Sheila Dillon investigates the horsemeat burger scandal affecting food in the UK and Ireland, and reports on work underway to find out what went wrong in the supply chain.

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  • 14 Jan 13 Traffic Lights

    Mon, 14 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon asks if warning signs on food labels can change the way we eat.

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  • FoodProg:06Jan2013

    Fri, 4 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Correspondents from around the world talk about trends in eating and food

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  • 31 Dec 12 The cocktail, old and new

    Wed, 2 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dan Saladino explores the cocktail, a story which begins with 18th century Indian punch and keeps on evolving with new wave flavours being developed in the bars of New York , London, Bristol and Manchester.

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  • 23 Dec 12 Christmas Necessary Pleasures

    Sun, 23 Dec 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Sheila Dillon hears the necessary pleasures for Christmas of Jamie Oliver, Paul Hollywood and other leading chefs and food writers.

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  • 16 Dec 2012 Cheap Veg

    Mon, 17 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon discovers surprising stories behind humble British vegetables. Produced by Emma Weatherill

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  • FoodProg:09 Dec 12 Faith groups and food

    Mon, 10 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds a growing number of religious organisations providing food for people who've fallen on hard times.

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  • A Winning Menu 03 Dec 12

    Mon, 3 Dec 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The meal behind the BBC Food and Farming Awards. Presented by Sheila Dillon and produced by Emma Weatherill.

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  • Food and Farming Awards 2012

    Fri, 30 Nov 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Sheila Dillon presents this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards. From Best Takeaway to Best Food Market producer, the judging team reveal the "best of the best" in British food and drink. At a ceremony described by Jamie Oliver as the "Oscars of the food world", Sheila and her co-host, cook and food writer Valentine Warner, take us through the stories of the finalists and announce this year's winners.

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  • Rethinking the hot dog

    Mon, 26 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Originally the street food of German immigrants to the United States, the hot dog was the original artisan sausage in the late nineteenth century before going 'downscale' and becoming the cheap food for the masses. Now not just a watery, synthetic thing from a can, a new breed of pedigree frankfurter is on the rise. Tom Parker Bowles reports.

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  • Big food ideas

    Sun, 25 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets finalists in the BBC Food & Farming Awards offering ideas for our food future, from making more local food available online to redistributing spare food. Joining Sheila to explore these ideas are Kath Dalmeny, research director of Sustain, and Christine Tacon, former CEO of the Coop's farms. Under discussion are Growing Communities in East London, Riverford Organics in Devon, Cornish Food Market, The Real Bread Campaign, and Fareshare.

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  • Street food heroes

    Tue, 13 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    From Moroccan food to traditional British puddings. Valentine Warner and Charles Campion taste their way through the BBC Food & Farming Awards "Best street food or takeaway" category.

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  • Loving Lard

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward delves into the guilty pleasure of eating saturated animal fat.

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  • Football and Food

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Inverdale looks at innovations in the food offerings at football grounds that aim to give fans and players alike a better eating experience than the traditional burger and pie.

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  • Future of the Oven

    Mon, 22 Oct 12

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Tim Hayward investigates the future of the domestic oven, with the help of Mary Berry.

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  • Food Waste.

    Mon, 15 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart on new ideas to reduce food waste in the UK.

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  • British Blue Cheese

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds out why new British blue cheeses are pushing their way into the market.

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  • BBC Food & Farming Awards: The Finalists.

    Mon, 1 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Valentine Warner reveals this year's line up of finalists in the BBC Food & Farming Awards. Dan Saladino goes to meet some of those who've made it to the final stage.

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  • Cinema Food

    Sun, 23 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tom Parker Bowles examines the cinema eating experience from popcorn to picpoul and risotto

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  • Sourdough Renaissance

    Sun, 16 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds out why sourdough bread is undergoing a major revival.

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  • Australia's Food Revolution

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Australia's food story. Two hundred years of gastronomic adventure.

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  • A guide to spice: Mustard.

    Fri, 7 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores a food story of decline and revival, British mustard.

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  • A guide to spice: Vanilla

    Wed, 29 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon embarks on a journey through the spice world, starting with the clove. She follows the story of the clove from harvest in Zanzibar to its use by chef Jeremy Lee.

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  • A guide to spice: Cloves.

    Mon, 20 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the history and flavours of the clove.

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  • The Science of Taste

    Mon, 13 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can changing our dining utensils change the flavour of food? Simon Parkes investigates.

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  • Camping Food

    Mon, 6 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    For most people, the idea of camping food is not an appetising one. You'll not find food-loving Tim Hayward under canvas unless it's in the big tent of a food festival. Tim looks again at camping food with Josh Sutton, aka the Guyrope Gourmet, and discovers a new take on 'local food'.

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  • Listeners' nominations

    Mon, 30 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Parkes hears from some of the listeners nominating their favourite foods and producers in this year's awards

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  • Andrew Lansley

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and asks whether he can change Britain's bad eating habits

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  • The Extraordinary Food Story of Martha Payne

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Martha Payne (AKA 'VEG'), nine year old blogger, explains how she triggered a wordwide debate on school food.

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  • Food and the High Street

    Mon, 9 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon and food expert Henrietta Green visit on of the first 'Portas' towns to find out if food can be central to reviving our high streets

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  • The Future of the Cookbook

    Mon, 2 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the future of the cookbook.

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  • The Olympic Food Legacy

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Olympic Food Vision set out to change the British food landscape. Will it succeed?

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  • The Best of Food & Farming

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon launches the search for the winners of the 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards.

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  • Tasting tomatoes

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the world of the modern British tomato. Has flavour made a return?

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  • Wine Trends

    Mon, 4 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Simon Parkes reports from the London International Wine fair to discover the latest trends in the wine industry.

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  • 27 May 12: Breakfast

    Sun, 27 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward finds out how the British Breakfast became the envy of the world. Has eating breakfast become just another problem to solve rather than being a pleasurable experience?

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  • The Life of Pie

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Hayward examines the reasons for the renaissance of the pie

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  • The Soya Bean

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dan Saladino reports on a crop that the world can't get enough of.

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  • Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?

    Tue, 8 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Nutritious, tasty but long overlooked, Sheila Dillon asks if seaweed is the food of the future?

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  • A Scramble for Eggs

    Mon, 30 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Since new EU welfare legislation was introduced for battery hens, eggs have been in short supply.

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  • The New Beer Frontier

    Mon, 23 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dan Saladino finds out why America's brewing scene is a growing influence on British beer.

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  • The Fermentation Revival

    Mon, 16 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon on an ancient, mysterious yet essential process at the heart of much of our food production- fermentation. Sheila is joined by author and fervent fermenter Sandor Katz to discover why a revival of the fermenting arts is underway.

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  • The Therapy of Food

    Mon, 9 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at the spiritual and therapeutic value many place on bread making. She meets a group of refugees who've experienced torture, using baking in their recovery.

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  • Biscuits- A Serious Business

    Mon, 2 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Parkes delves into the fast-changing world of a British favourite, the biscuit.

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  • In Praise of Stock

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward is not alone in his passion for stock, but there must be few culinary adventurers who take things to the level of his highly developed home routine. Glasses still steamy from several simmering stockpots, Tim sets off on a journey into the world of stock. On his travels he'll share precious stock secrets, learn from the masters, tell tales of nineteenth-century Uruguay and peek behind the doors of stock-cube heaven.

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  • Free From Foods

    Mon, 19 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon examines the reasons behind an apparent rise in food allergies and the resulting growth in free from foods.

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  • Japan, Fukushima and Food

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Johnson reports from Japan on the impact of the Fukushima disaster on food. How has the threat of contamination changed attitudes to the nation's prized food culture?

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  • The Food We Eat

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon with authors Michael Pollan and Joanna Blythman on the shifting sands of our global diet.

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  • Britain's Food Safety Net

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Who makes sure our food is safe and how? A report on Britain's food safety net. Sheila Dillon finds out why the current system is under review.

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  • Food Clubs

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at how people are clubbing together to buy budget and luxury food.

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  • Comfort Food

    Mon, 13 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In these uncomfortable times, Sheila Dillon asks what role does food play in giving comfort?

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  • Adventures in Vegetarian Cuisine

    Mon, 6 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Can a new wave of chefs and food writers change mainstream cuisine armed only with vegetable, grain and pulse? Sheila Dillon finds out. Featuring Yotam Ottolenghi, Denis Cotter, a van full of plastic flowers and 'pasta' made from radishes.

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  • The Trouble with Chocolate

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explains why supplies of cocoa around the world are facing a challenging future.

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  • Generation Food

    Mon, 23 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Food Programme hears from the people coming up with new ideas and fresh thinking about how and where we produce food for the UK's future. From computer programmers creating networks for people trading food locally through to community supported market gardens, Sheila Dillon finds out how a new generation is coming up with radical models for growing, buying and selling food.

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  • London 2012, Coke and McDonalds

    Mon, 16 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Guest Presenter John Inverdale casts a sporting eye over the catering provisions for the London Olympics, and explores how nutrition for athletes has developed since the last London Games of 1948.

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  • Food Stories- What Happened Next?

    Mon, 9 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon reports on the major developments in the big food stories of 2011.

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  • New Year's Food Quiz

    Sun, 1 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Hayward and The Food Quiz team juggle more food history, trivia and recipe knowledge in pursuit of fun and gastronomic curiosity. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Abergavenny Food Festival, this New Year edition of the Radio 4 Food Quiz features panellists comedian Chris Neill, food writer Richard Johnson, television presenter Gizzi Erskine and restaurant insider Thomas Blythe.

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  • The Food Quiz

    Sun, 25 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Hayward presents a special Christmas Day edition of The Food Quiz. Panellists Allegra McEvady, Richard Johnson and Chris Neill pit their gastronomic knowledge, grasp of food trivia and culinary history against each other.

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  • Gin and Botanicals

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dan Saladino explores the past, present and future of the most British of drinks, gin. He hears how a new generation of distillers is testing the boundaries of a familiar flavour.

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  • The Price of Food

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dan Saladino exlores how higher food prices are changing what we buy and how we eat. From increases in food related crime to shortages of ingredients, what else is in store?

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  • Britain's best food markets

    Mon, 5 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon, food campaigner Kath Dalmeny and chef Jeremy Lee discuss this year's winning markets at the Food and Farming Awards.

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  • Britain's best food producers

    Mon, 28 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon and Richard Corrigan take a closer look at some of the finalists' stories from this year's Food and Farming Awards.

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  • Food and Farming Awards 2011

    Fri, 25 Nov 11

    Duration:
    53 mins

    Sheila Dillon and the biggest names in food celebrate the UK's best cooks, food markets, farmers and producers. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rick Stein, James Martin, Valentine Warner and Giorgio Locatelli help announce this years winners.

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  • A Special (Food) Relationship

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mark Bittman, chief food writer at the New York Times, journeys to the UK to see what he can learn from campaigning chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver and Arthur Potts Dawson.

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  • Future Food

    Mon, 14 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Parkes meets the people who experiment with food.

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  • Into the Wild

    Mon, 7 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the food for free phenomenon, that sees top chefs using wild foods gathered by professional foragers.

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  • Palm Oil

    Mon, 31 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A traditional cooking oil and a controversial food ingredient found in everything from margarine to ready meals to biscuits to sweets. Dan Saladino journeys into the world of palm oil.

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  • The Calorie

    Mon, 24 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Is the calorie an outdated way of monitoring our diet?

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  • Pickling and Preserving

    Mon, 17 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon goes foraging for autumn fruits and hears why preserving food has been important throughout the ages.

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  • Los Angeles Street Food

    Mon, 10 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Johnson explores the street food culture of Los Angeles.

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  • Beer - Trouble Brewing?

    Mon, 3 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As tax breaks on low-alcohol beer come in to effect, Sheila Dillon asks if this is the beginning of the end of 'business as usual' for the big brewers.

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  • Food ads and children

    Mon, 26 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the issue of advertising junk food to children since the banning of food advertisements during children's television programmes.

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  • The Honey Business

    Mon, 19 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    In the wake of a significant EU ruling on GM pollen and honey, Sheila Dillon takes a look at the honey industry and meets the big packers, importers and traders.

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  • Food Poverty

    Mon, 12 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Simon Parkes reveals a Britain in which hunger and hard food choices are all too real.

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  • Food Icons- George Perry-Smith

    Mon, 5 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Simon Parkes on the life and legacy of maverick, self taught chef, George Perry-Smith.

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  • Kitchen designers

    Mon, 29 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A special edition with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen looking at the history of kitchen designs and the designers who have influenced the most important space in our homes.

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  • Food Icons- Major Patrick Rance

    Mon, 22 Aug 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    In a series looking at iconic food personalities, The Food Programme profiles the campaigning cheese expert Major Patrick Rance.

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  • Scotland's Food Policy

    Mon, 15 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Sheila Dillon. A look at Scotland's first ever national food policy.

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  • Mario Cassandro

    Mon, 8 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at the life of Mario Cassandro, a man who re-invented the restaurant.

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  • Yeast

    Mon, 1 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A global commodity, and now part of a food revival. Sheila Dillon on the wonders of yeast.

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  • School Food

    Mon, 25 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon follows two schools as they attempt to transform the way their pupils eat.

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  • Emergency Food

    Mon, 18 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon finds out what goes into emergency foods destined for aid packages.

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  • Trans-fats

    Mon, 11 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the issue of harmful trans-fats in our food.

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  • Food in the Scottish Borders

    Mon, 4 Jul 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sheila Dillon follows the River Nith from a hill farm down to the estuary; encountering rare breeds, tales of poaching, and an ancient Norse fishing tradition.

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  • New Food Entrepreneurs

    Mon, 27 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Food writer Tim Hayward investigates a new wave of food entrepreneurship.

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  • Sanjay and the Sardine

    Mon, 20 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chef Sanjay Kumar travels to Italy to save the sardine.

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  • National Trust

    Sun, 12 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at the National Trust's attempts to become a major food player.

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  • Burgers and meat

    Mon, 6 Jun 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at efforts to reclaim the burger as a gastronomic delight.

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  • The Real Food Debate

    Mon, 30 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Food Programme asks if the Great British food renaissance is over. With food prices rising and consumer confidence falling, has the UK's good food bubble burst? Sheila Dillon meets chefs, farmers, producers of meat and cheese and retail analysts to find out what shoppers are buying.

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  • Vinegar

    Mon, 23 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores vinegars from around the world.

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  • The Coffee business

    Mon, 23 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the causes and consequences of the current record highs in the price of coffee.

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  • Climate Change Farm

    Mon, 9 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Growing exciting food, while benefitting from, and combatting, climate change: Sheila Dillon visits's Mark Diacono's "climate change farm" in Devon.

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  • Royal Food

    Mon, 2 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Parkes traces the history and influence of food served at royal weddings and feasts.

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  • Margate's Food Stories - Pie Days and Holidays

    Mon, 25 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Artist Sophie Herxheimer collects and draws food stories, and for four months she's been meeting people in Margate to record their food memories.

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  • Borough Market

    Mon, 18 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Borough Market's phenomenal success has brought with it fears that tourists have driven out real food shoppers,and rising rents may price out small food producers. Sheila Dillon visits Britains foremost quality food retail market to find out how success is treating it.

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  • Food and the Sicilian mafia

    Tue, 12 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the ways in which the mafia has influenced food in Sicily.

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  • Food and the Unification of Italy

    Tue, 5 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores a food story behind the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. In 1861 Italians came together as one nation, but does food reveal a different story? Sheila travels to Sicily where she hears how the island's powerful food culture is seen as evidence by some of disappointment with the creation of a nation state. She meets food historian Mary Taylor Simeti who explains how menus in the 19th century show how Sicilians rejected the temptations of food from the mainland and further afield.

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  • Natural Wine

    Mon, 28 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Natural Wine is the latest buzz in the wine world but what is it? Sheila Dillon discusses and samples this chemical and additive-free "new" wine that was in fact quaffed by the Ancient Romans.

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  • Frozen Food

    Mon, 21 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Frozen food has been the clear winner of the recession. But couldn't it be a bit more interesting? Simon Parkes looks at the premium French chain Picard, and asks why our own freezer aisles are often rather desolate, bargain driven wastelands.

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  • FoodProg:British Charcuterie

    Mon, 14 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Food writer Tim Hayward goes in search of British charcuterie - the preserved meat that we tend to think of as Contintental. He meets a couple whose hobby smoking meats has turned into a career; a shopkeeper, a publican and a restaurateur who cure hams and salamis on the premises for customers, and a pig farming family who have taken to curing their own pork. He learns about the British traditions of salting and pickling meats and talks to author Lindy Wildsmith about how we can do it at home - and even has a go at making his own bacon.

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  • Japan's Food Dilemma

    Mon, 7 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Parkes reports from Japan on new ideas being developed for the future of the nation's food supplies.

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  • FoodProg:Malt

    Mon, 28 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the role malt plays in our drinks and diet. Malt is a natural ingredient in many but many people won't realise how ubiquitous it is as well as it being an important export for the country. Sheila talks to a distiller, a baker and a brewer about malt's remarkable properties and visits a traditional maltster to find out how malt is made.

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  • Andrew Lansley On Food & Obesity

    Wed, 23 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Food and the coalition. How does the government intend to change the way Britain eats? Sheila Dillon interviews Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

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  • What is Milk?

    Mon, 14 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Filtered, skimmed, standardised, homogenised - Sheila Dillon explores the changing face of milk.

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  • FoodProg:Cooking in Schools

    Mon, 7 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the past present and future of cooking and food preparation in the school curriculum. She learns how it was introduced in the 1800s to educate girls for domestic service and is now part of the design and technology syllabus. Sheila looks at two approaches to food education in a primary and a secondary school and hears from interested parties the reasons for making cooking compulsory at secondary level.

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  • Food after Ireland's collapse.

    Mon, 31 Jan 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dan Saladino reports on the impact of Ireland's economic collapse on food and farming.

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  • FoodProg:Shellfish

    Mon, 24 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates the appeal of shellfish - bivalves and molluscs - from the point of view of taste and sustainability and asks why we don't eat them more in Britain. Chef Mark Hix shows what can be done with the lesser used varieties like whelks and razor clams.

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  • Angela Hartnett's Best Producer Meal

    Mon, 17 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett cooks up a hearty winters meal for Sheila Dillon using bread, cream and preserves from finalists and winners of the Food and Farming Awards.

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  • Gadgets

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon, with the help of some famous food lovers (including Giorgio Locatelli, Cyrus Todiwala, Fuchsia Dunlop and Bee Wilson) hears about their favourite kitchen gadgets. From a 300 year clockwork roasting spit to a 21st century thermal blender, what are the must-have qualities of these kitchen necessities? And how do you choose from the ever increasing plethora of expensive all-singing-all-dancing gizmos on sale in large kitchenware departments.

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  • Food Writing 2010

    Mon, 3 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon traces the legacy of Elizabeth David's more scholarly work and reviews food writing in 2010 with blogger and critic Tim Hayward, photographer Jason Lowe and publisher Anne Dolamore. We hear from Elizabeth David's literary Executor Jill Norman about the shift in her work from recipe-driven writing in her early career to the later, more academic books and debate who has taken on her legacy of more scholarly food writing today.

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  • BBC Food & Farming Awards

    Sat, 25 Dec 10

    Duration:
    58 mins

    Sheila Dillon presents an extended edition of The BBC Food & Farming Awards 2010.

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  • Alternative Christmas Cakes

    Mon, 20 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Panettone and Yule logs - Sheila Dillon embraces our new Christmas culinary traditions, not so new as you might imagine.

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  • Lapland and the world's most influential chef.

    Fri, 17 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Danish chef Rene Redzepi, famed for foraging ingredients, travels to Lapland in search of undiscovered flavours.

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  • Venison

    Mon, 13 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the varieties of venison - wild and farmed - we can now find in butchers and supermarkets in the UK. She joins a stalker in Berkshire and talks to the biggest game dealer in the country.

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  • Streetfood & Takeaways

    Mon, 6 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    From Caribbean to Thai and Vietnamese - Simon Parkes looks at the latest trends in British street food and takeaway meals. And we hear from some of the finalists in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.

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  • Best Drinks Producer

    Mon, 29 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A cider maker, a brewer and a distiller: who will be the 2010 Best Drinks Producer for the Food and Farming Awards? Sheila Dillon, Oz Clarke, Mark Hix and Charles Campion find out.

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  • BBC Food & Farming Awards

    Fri, 26 Nov 10

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Sheila Dillon reveals the winners of this year’s BBC Food & Farming Awards, ending a long search for excellence.

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  • Pubs

    Thu, 25 Nov 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at new ideas for using food to save the British pub.

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  • Cut Price Fruit

    Mon, 15 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Supermarket price wars have halved the cost of one of Britain’s best loved fruits – the banana. What impact does this have on workers at the other end of the supply chain?

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  • Terra Madre

    Mon, 8 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon meets the people working to save some of the world's endangered food cultures.

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  • Sustainable Public Food

    Mon, 1 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is it feasible to regulate to make all the food bought by public bodies sustainable and healthy? Simon Parkes visits Nottinghamshire to find out.

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  • Student Food

    Mon, 25 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What food do students have access to, what do they eat? Sheila Dillon investigates the catering provided for students across the country in these financially straightened times. She talks to industry expert Chris Druce about the big catering companies and their expansion into higher education. She visits a food co-op at the School of African and Oriental Studies; Dan Saladino visits Plymouth University on the day it hosts its first farmers market and talks to stall holders, students, and Slow Food UK about its efforts to enroll students in its philosophy and approach to food. And Professor Warren Belasco from the University of Maryland describes how there's nothing new about student activism around food - think 60s, the University of California at Berkeley, the counter culture.

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  • The Sandwich

    Mon, 18 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon hears from the people attempting to revolutionise the sandwich. We're now seeing the rise of food businesses specialising in just one type of sandwich using authentic recipes from around the world. The food entrepreneurs are making everything from the Vietnamese Bahn Mi through to the Argentinean Lomito, all are sandwiches which rely on the makers finding authentic bread to match the original recipe. This development is being watched closely by the large sandwich manufacturers supplying the supermarkets. The prepared sandwich business is with £3bn a year and is based on developing new ideas. Dan Saladino follows some sandwiches through the supply chain.

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  • Northern Apples

    Mon, 11 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ribston Pippin, Wass and Flower of the Town - native apples from Yorkshire, not famed for its apples, but home to many unique varieties now being planted again in restored orchards. Simon Parkes visits Helmsley, Husthwaite and Ampleforth orchards.

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  • Airline Food

    Mon, 4 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sheila Dillon investigates airline food. Producers from the North East - Beckleberry's and Tanfield Foods - explain how they came to start supplying the airlines. And there's a visit to Gate Gourmet, the world's largest independent airline caterer. In the studio are travel writer Simon Calder and Ian Rutter who has worked in airline food for many years.

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  • Pasta and wonders of durum wheat

    Mon, 27 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon explores the pasta business and frenzied competition for the main ingredient, durum wheat.

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  • Northern Ireland's Focus on Food Strategy

    Mon, 20 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sheila Dillon looks at Northern Ireland's new strategy to put good food, and the small producers who make it, at the forefront of the region's economic growth.

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  • Ice Cream - the market and the marketing

    Mon, 13 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    This remarkable billion pound market in the UK defies every recession. How so?

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  • Mark Hix in Transylvania

    Tue, 7 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The chef Mark Hix explores the food of Transylvania.

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  • Rescuing the kebab

    Tue, 7 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Johnson sets out to rescue the reputation of the kebab.

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