Olive Oil

olive oil 1How much do most of us really know about olive oil?

Television chefs extol the virtues of using extra virgin olive oil and are there on the supermarket shelves promoting their brand-named oils. But do we ever think about the qualities, flavours and varieties of olive oil or whether the colour matters?

When two old friends and connoisseurs get together and the conversation turns to their favourite subject, the talk becomes endless, winding in and out of anecdotes as they share their depth of knowledge.

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Food in Literature

Helen GarlickHelen Garlick loves both food and reading. In this new series for Talking of Food, she chooses food-related extracts from some of her favourite authors and books.

PART ONE: In the first part, Helen includes extracts from Livia in Laurence Durrell’s Avignon Quintet, from Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and from a short story by MFK Fisher.

PART TWO: For the second part, Helen chooses extracts from Just William by Richmal Compton, the poem This is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams and a food-related parody, and another extract from Livia by Laurence Durrell.

PART THREE: Extracts from The Leopard by Giuseppe Lampedusa, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert are Helen's choices for the third part.

 
Discovering Fine Wines with Friarwood Wines

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In this new series, Talking of Food have teamed up with Friarwood Fine Wines to bring you articles of interest in the world of wines.

The second article in the series is on the history of the wines of Austria.

The first article in the series is on the wines of Tuscany

 
Food Acupuncture: the vitamins

This week Professor Alpar looks at Vitamin B7.

She introduces the series in the video below.

 

 

Read about the various vitamins in general. Professor Alpar has covered Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5 B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E and K, their sources in foods, their functions, and questions of deficiency and toxicity.

Read a brief biography of Professor Alpar here.

 

 
The Wasp - Culture Vultures

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Sainsbury’s attempt at a Persian inspired dish has been described as ‘casual racism’  and Jamie Oliver has been accused of cultural appropriation over his Jerk rice. This has set up some interesting questions..... (more)

 

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GM Foods Debate (Holt)

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As part of our series on GM foods,  we filmed a discussion between Professor Jonathan Jones, FRS, and Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, outlining their opposing views on this issue.  The meeting was hosted by John Shrive,  at Nelson House in Holt, Norfolk.

 

No attempt has been made by us to edit the material and, as a result, the video is over an hour in length.   It has been divided into parts for ease of viewing.

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Revisiting "The Rich Tradition"

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The whole series of The Rich Tradition is now available on Talking of Food, including, as a bonus, the pilot episode, entitled Home from the Sea, which explores the traditional food and culture of Tangier in Morocco.

Watch the videos here

 
AA Gill: Table Talk

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Table Talk: Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter brings together the best of AA Gill's columns on food. David Watson reads two chapters from the book: Pizza Express, and Elizabeth David.

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The GM Debates

One of the most contentious issues facing governments and the food industry is the subject of Genetically Modified Food. Argument has raged for years as to whether it should be banned or embraced. Scaremongering headlines such "Frankenfood" have sometimes drowned a more sober assessment of its risk and/or benefits. However, there is one thing both sides are agreed on and that is the growth of the world's population and the problem of feeding it in the future.

In order to understand in layman's language - in as much as it can be - the pros and cons of this deeply divisive subject, we invited experts from both sides of the divide to argue their case. A policy decision was taken by us that there was to be no editorial bias and so the debates are totally unedited.  They have been broken into parts for ease of watching as each one runs over an hour.  

To our knowledge, this is the first and only such series of debates and is intended to be a permanent record of an issue that affects us all.

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INTRODUCTION TO GM:

Agricultural journalist and author, Diane Montague, interviews Vivian Moses, Visiting Professor of Biotechnology at King's College London, and the resulting discussion sets out what GM is and what the major issues are. It is a fitting introduction to the discussions which will follow. Watch video

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GM FOOD DEBATES (HOLT)

Jonathan Jones, FRS, Professor of Biology at the University of East Anglia, head to head with Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association. Watch video

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GM FOOD DEBATES (NORWICH)

A group of experts from both sides of the GM divide argue their case for best solving the impending world food shortage. They are: Professor Cathie Martin of UEA, Dr.Rupert Read of the Green Party and Dr. Charlie Clutterbuck of City University. Watch video

GM Food Debates Audio Broadcast

GM FOOD DEBATES (AUDIO BROADCAST)

A wide ranging and informative discussion with Michael Summers, an independent consultant specialising in plant breeding and biotechnology. Listen to audio