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Mouthwatering Mutton

Dan Saladino on the mystery of why we no longer eat mutton, even though many people argue it tastes better than lamb.

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 a new book, Much Ado About Mutton, who's campaigning for good quality mutton to return to our menus.

Chefs Fergus Henderson and Cyrus Todiwala are both lyrical on the virtues of mutton and give tips on the best way to cook it. And Dan visits the Thomas family sheep farm deep in the Welsh hills to understand why our lack of interest in mutton has changed their way of life.

The programme also hears of a mutton story from America, the Moonlite BBQ in Kentucky, a destination restaurant that draws people from all over the US in search of their slow cooked mutton. It was also a destination for artisan mutton producer Tony Davies who travelled to the restaurant to see if you could provide an answer to mutton's woes in the UK. As he explains in the programme, he arrived at a dramatic conclusion.

Presented by Dan Saladino and produced in Bristol by Emma Weatherill.

Photo image copyright - Bob Kennard.
The audio of the Moonlite BBQ restaurant kindly provided by Mark Dolan of and the American Southern Foodways Alliance

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28 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Dan Saladino
Interviewed Guest Fergus Henderson
Interviewed Guest Cyrus Todiwala
Interviewed Guest Bob Kennard
Actor Tony Davies
Producer Emma Weatherill


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