The Table Comes First

The Table Comes First

 

Adam Gopnik's The Table Comes First is a witty meditation on life and food.  It is subtitled Family, France and the Meaning of Food.  Jesse Thompson reads two extracts here.

You can also see Adam Gopnik in conversation with Fergus Henderson, who unwittingly gave him the title for his book, in our Watch section.

Harry Potter

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Simply an explosion of joy!

Fuchsia Dunlop - Every Grain of Rice

 

Fuchsia Dunlop 2Fuchsia Dunlop is a world authority on Chinese cooking and her books, articles and blogs are an absolute delight.  

Here she talks about her latest book, Every Grain of Rice, which, unlike her others, is not focused on one province, but is a collection of delicious everyday recipes, mainly from southern China.

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This is an extract from a longer interview and discussion on Chinese food with Mark Hilton of Xiamen University which will follow shortly.

 

Four Course Lunatics

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Four Course Compost anyone?  Melon skin, steak bones, red peppers and pasta on the menu for some of California's best fed vines.

Richard Craig discovers how natural winemaking is completing the green loop:  from the farm to the restaurant kitchen and from the kitchen back to the vineyard that produces the wine that goes back to the restaurant!


Life on the Ocean Wave

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Ever wondered how over 5,000 people are fed at sea?

Chef Henrique Sparrow on "Navigator Of The Seas" tells us how 230 galley staff produce 106 tons of food every 4 days.

The detail and military precision of feeding such numbers is fascinating...


 

 

Beijing Snacks

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The Chinese are great 'snackers'.  Throughout China, in the evenings in particular, street markets offer a huge range of foods.  These snacks from a night market in Beijing prove once again that, to the Chinese, anything is a potential food...

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

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Two of the great eccentrics of English cinema, Robert Morley and John Le Mesurier (best known as Wilson in Dad's Army), matched for the only time in their careers... and happily in a scene about food!

Valentine Warner

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Valentine Warner talks to Richard Craig about his early influences which led him to write about food and its heritage. "Don't let things vanish. Protect what we have because once it's gone that's it." Outspoken about certain practices, questioning some fashionable views he is never less than honest and passionate about what happens around 'The Good Table'.

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The Happiest Days of Your Life

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The magisterial Margaret Rutherford quizzing a hapless Alastair Sim about digestive biscuits.

Panis Angelicus

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César Franck's Panis Angelicus (Celestial Bread), sung by Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Shrive, was recorded at the Basilica of Sainte Clothilde in Paris. It was at this church that Franck became organist in 1858, a post he held until his death in 1890.