Sunday, 6 July 2008

Radio four's food Programme

I've been a fan of BBC Radio 4's food programme for years - actually that should probably read decades, the programme will be 30 years old next year, as this interview with the former presenter Derek Cooper for the 20th anniversary indicates! Today's programme, presented by the wonderful Sheila Dillon, included fascinating interviews about writers who have tried to change our philosophy and practice of food (I've listed some of the books at the end of this post).
To my delight I discovered that you can also listen to past episodes of the programme, it is always a thought-provoking mix of politics, recipes, and reflections about farming and taste. Unfortunately the wonderful programme about the food of Ethiopia from some years ago is not online, broadcast before the age of podcasts. However, I can listen again to the programme on waiters, which was a damning condemnation of the way waiters in Britain are paid. It ended by holding up France as a real example of how to properly train and pay waiting staff. I also intend to listen to the programme about African food security.

Thomas Tryon - Wisdom’s Dictates; or, aphorisms and rules, physical, moral, and divine; for preserving the health of the body, and the peace of the mind ... To which is added a Bill of Fare of seventy five noble dishes of excellent food (1691).

Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia
by Patience Gray, published by Papermac, ISBN-10: 0333455045, ISBN-13: 978-0333455043.

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe, published by Ballantine Books Inc, ISBN-10: 345321200, ISBN-13: 978-0345321206.

Future Food: politics, philosophy and recipes for the 21st Century by Colin Tudge, published by Harmony Books ISBN-10: 0517541300, ISBN-13: 978-0517541302.