The Most Wine-derful Time of the Year

The Most Wine-derful Time of the Year

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We’re less than two weeks from Christmas Day and only the most organised amongst us will have decided upon what to drink with our seasonal bouffe.

 

Richard Dudley Craig gives us his top independent picks for Christmas 2017.

 

Read on..


 
Matthew Fort: Summer in the Islands

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Matthew Fort reads extracts from his new book, Summer in the Islands: An Italian Odyssey.

 Listen here

 
The Rich Tradition: Episode 3 The Ruthines

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In this episode, Elisabeth Luard visits the Ruthines in the Tatra Mountains of north-east Slovakia.

Watch the video here.

 
Lord Tebbit: The Game Cook

Lord Tebbit: The Game Cook

Anne Dolamore talks to Lord Tebbit about how he came to write a book on game cookery. Watch the conversation here, and listen to him reading extracts from the book here.

The Game Cook is published by Grub Street Publishing.

 

 
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.

 
Revisiting "The Rich Tradition"

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In 1985, Elisabeth Luard published European Peasant Cookery: the Rich Tradition to great acclaim. It rapidly became a go-to book for cooks, food lovers and critics, and was followed in the early 1990s by a television series, titled The Rich Tradition, based on the book, directed by Carmelo Musca of CM Film Productions.

Talking of Food is pleased to stream the series to coincide with the publishing of a revised, expanded and updated edition of European Peasant Cookery.

This short video is an introduction to the series, and will be followed in due course by each of the episodes in turn. The new edition of European Peasant Cookery is currently available, published by Grub Street Publishing in the UK and other countries, and in the United States and Canada under the title The Old World Kitchen, published by Melville House.

Watch the video here

 
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).

 
"A ticking bomb"

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That’s how Professor Oya Alpar, Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics, University College London, describes the situation with regard to antibiotics. The World Health Organisation warns that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, including food security.

In this Talking Of Food video, Professor Vivian Moses interviews Professor Alpar on the issue of antibiotics and the food-chain.

Watch the interview here

 
Zabar's - A New York Institution

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Zabar's is not a building that really stands out, perhaps the mock tudor looks a bit odd on 81st and Broadway but that's about it. Yet any self-respecting New Yorker knows it...

 
The Trawlermen

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In the 1950s Grimsby was the largest fishing port in the world.  As a result of the Cod Wars with Iceland, this once great industry has been decimated over the last fifty years. The docks, once bustling, are now desolate and left to crumble.

This film is a short tribute to the men who manned the trawlers in all weathers and conditions.

 

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Brick Lane

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Brick Lane in London's East End has been the home to an ever-changing community over the last five or six decades.

Elliot Lang interviews his grandfather, a local resident who remembers the days when Brick Lane reflected its predominantly Jewish population. One product has remained constant throughout - the  bagel,  which has always been a feature of this vibrant market street.  Watch the film and enjoy.

 

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