Antonio Carluccio

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The charismatic and much loved  Antonio Carluccio cannot easily be pigeon-holed.  Not a chef, yet so much more than a cook; not a businessman by his own admission,  yet he is the originator of the highly successful Carluccio's brand.

His passion for good, simple and flavoursome cooking, not to mention a great love of mushrooms, has inspired countless millions who have seen his television series and read his books on Italian food and life.

In this interview he talks about his earliest memories of food and shares anecdotes of his family and childhood in war-time Italy as well as the birth of Carluccio's.   And by the way, there are even some English dishes he loves!

 

Tokyo Fish Market

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Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.  It handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.

Photographer Francesca Phillips filmed a recent visit to the market.

 

 

 

 

Tieguanyin Tea
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A visit to Liu Shunli's teashop in Xiamen is a leisurely affair as he makes tea for tasting - not drinking - explaining the process and customs involved.  He talks about the properties of Tieguanyin Tea, one of China's most famous teas, grown in the plantations of Anxi.
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Meet TimH. Film student, YouTube star, sometime editor for Talking Of Food... in his own words:

"I say stuff about things on the internet".

On a recent trip to USA, Tim reported on popular food culture in a series of 10 videos. Starting with Burger Culture and ending with Standing in Line, his take on pretzels, pizza, ice cream and fast food chains is delivered in his own very individual style - fun, quirky and informative.

 

"Done, finished, you lose it!"

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The experiences of a young trainee cattle market auctioneer from 1954 to 1960;  a unique memoir of a bygone time.

 

The author, John Shrive, reads  "In the Beginning",  relating his first encounter with Store Pigs... and more.

 

 

 

 

Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles

 

Originally from the north of China, hand-made noodles can be found on street corners across the whole country.  Watch the awesome skill of this noodle-puller as he makes two of the most popular types, Lamian (pulled noodles) and Daoxiao Mian (knife-cut noodles).

Xian Jiaozi

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Xi'an, long the capital of China from the time of Qin Shihuangdi, the first emperor, is not only famous for its history, but also for its dumplings;  one restaurant in particular offering some 120 varieties.

Dumas on Food
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Alexandre Dumas, best known for such classic novels as The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and Man in the Iron Mask, wanted to be remembered for a far more esoteric book.  Food was his real passion in life and his Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine was the one book the great novelist cared about.  Mark Hilton reads extracts from Alan and Jane Davidson's translation,  Dumas On Food.
Sabrina

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Marcel Hillaire, one of the screen's great character actors, teaches a class of would be Cordon Bleu graduates that includes Audrey Hepburn how to crack an egg. A scene from Billy Wilder's frothy comedy "Sabrina".

It's Complicated

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Meryl Streep occasionally lets her hair down and when she does she's sexy and fun. Watch her teach Steve Martin how to make a chocolate croissant in It's Complicated.