Kitchen Man 3

Paul Levy 4Salad dressing is Paul Levy’s latest topic. Growing up in Kentucky in the 1950s, salad dressing came ready made in bottles.  Memories of the different brands and styles available in bottled form hark back to a time when that vital ingredient, olive oil, was generally unavailable in the USA (or indeed the UK). A distant recollection of  a small tin of olive oil brought back from France by a rich aunt after a trip to Europe for the Festival of Britain in 1951 is among the many anecdotes he relates in this most entertaining podcast. There is more; he gives us his formula, and method, for achieving a first class salad. Enjoy!

Listen to Salad Dressing here

On the same topic:

Listen to Dumas on Salad, a reading from Alexandre Dumas’s Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine about an impoverished aristocrat, M. d’Albignac, who made his fortune in England on the strength of his salad dressings.

Watch a discussion on olive oil between publisher Anne Dolamore, author of The Essential Olive Oil Companion, and Charles Carey of The Oil Merchant.

 

 
Kafka's Soup

 

Kafkas Soup

 

Mark Crick’s  Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 17 recipes is a book often borrowed and seldom returned.  It is a joy to dip into this collection of literary pastiches for recipes written in the style of Raymond Chandler, Irvine Welsh, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Homer, Chaucer and so on.

Here the author has chosen to read for us Quick Miso Soup à la Franz Kafka and Tiramisu à la Marcel Proust.  A third recipe, Tarragon Eggs à la Jane Austen is read by Annie Sedgwick.

 

 

   

 
Wellbeloved

WellbelovedThe reputation of the Steak Pie - that staple of traditional British cuisine - has become diminished.  More glamorous dishes make the headlines; more photogenic recipes are illustrated on television and scores of inferior, industrial pies occupy the shelves of supermarkets throughout the land.  

It is time to look beyond these brightly lit aisles and discover the true ingredients of the perfect Steak Pie: Experience, Care and Dedication.  

It is time to go to Deptford, South East London. 

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Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

James Dean

 

Guess who made their first appearance, uncredited, in Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)

 

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.

Vivian MosesDiane Montague

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

Peter MelchettJonathan Jones

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

Cathie MartinCharlie ClutterbuckRupert Read

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