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Culinary Culture and Globalisation - Dignity

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 28 March 2012

Britain congratulates itself on the success of its restaurants and its stable of 21 multiple Michelin-starred eateries, but how many people know that Germany has nearly double that figure? What are the Germans cooking up that leaves the Brits behind? Economic sociologist Christel Lane discusses her recent research with Laurie Taylor, arguing that, while French culture still dominates in restaurants awarded multiple stars by the 'little red book', it is a regional emphasis which sets Germany apart. Food critic and editor of Waitrose Kitchen William Sitwell joins the discussion of the extent of globalising factors in the high end restaurant industry. Does the ubiquity of lemongrass or the rise of the Othello Cake show that French influence is starting to wane?
Also in the programme: why do we show dignity towards the dead when they are not around to appreciate it? Dignity is a quality which pervades many aspects of modern life. Philosopher Michael Rosen explains the practical applications of dignity, how it forms the basis of notions like human rights and the tangles and confusions that arise from diverging notions of what dignity means.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Christel Lane

    Emeritus Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Cambridge

    Culinary culture and globalisation: an analysis of British and German Michelin-starred restaurants
    The British Journal of Sociology
    Volume 62, Issue 4, pages 696–717, December 2011
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01387.x

    Find out more about Christel Lane
  • William Sitwell

    Food critic and editor of Waitrose Kitchen

    A History of Food in 100 Recipes
    Publisher: Collins
    ISBN-10: 0007411995
    ISBN-13: 978-0007411993

    Michelin Stars: The Madness of Perfection
    BBC Two, Mon, 5 Jul 2010, 21:00

    Find out more about William Sitwell
  • Michael Rosen

    Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Dignity: Its History and Meaning
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    ISBN-10: 0674064437
    ISBN-13: 978-0674064430

    Find out more about Michael Rosen



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