Talking of Food is a magazine website set up by a group of people who love not only food but also the diversity of its culture. It is not bound by idealogy or momentary fads but has an open mind towards opposing views. Its contributors are often experts in their field and discuss wide ranging subjects such as antibiotics in the food-chain, the opposing arguments on GM food or the future of farming. On a lighter note see how they make noodles in China or follow Elisabeth Luard's classic series on European Peasant Cookery.

The video series The Rich Tradition, based on Elisabeth Luaed's book European Peasant Cookery, was broadcast in the early 1990s. It was directed by Carmelo Musca of CM Film Productions.. In Revisiting "The Rich Tradition", Elisabeth Luard gives an updated introduction to the series.

EPC smallIn 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. A new revised, expanded and updated edition of European Peasant Cookery was published in 2017 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.

Talking of Food is pleased to stream the series The Rich Tradition in full, including, as a bonus, the pilot episode, entitled Home from the Sea. The episode, which explores the traditional food and culture of Tangier in Morocco, was never broadcast, so is made public for the first time here on Talking of Food.

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