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.

Television chefs extol the virtues of using extra virgin olive oil and are there on the supermarket shelves promoting their brand-named oils. But how much do we ever think about the qualities, flavours and varieties of olive oil or whether the colour matters? How much do most of us really know about olive oil? Anne Dolamore talks to Charles Carey.

When two old friends and connoisseurs get together and the conversation turns to their favourite subject, the talk becomes endless, winding in and out of anecdotes as they share their depth of knowledge. In this fly-on-the-wall video, Anne Dolamore, author of one of the first books in English on olive oil, talks to Charles Carey, whose company, The Oil Merchant, launched in 1984, pioneered the importing of extra virgin olive oil into the UK.

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Lockdown Food with Helen Garlick

I am putting this section together during Coronovirus lockdown. We are looking at food and assembling meals in a different way, disregarding recipe books and using ingredients that that we may have disparaged in the past.

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