Valencia Market
Valencia Central Market




Valencia market in Spain. One of the great indoor markets in Europe, its enormous area houses virtually every type of food available.

Behind the Blue Door

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In March 2009, in a small backwater near Hammersmith, a copper pot still, the first in London for almost 200 years, was born and christened Prudence.   

Sam Galsworthy and his partner, Fairfax Hall, together with master distiller Jared Brown, were the driving force behind what became a multi-award winning gin known as Sipsmith.

 

This is Sipsmith's story (with a nod of thanks to Stanley Kubrick's '2001- A Space Odyssey').

 

Claudia Roden

Allegra

Claudia“She’s magical … she’s a doyenne … she’s the absolute first and last word on Middle Eastern, and indeed on Mediterranean cookery … and I don’t know any of the top chefs who she hasn’t touched.”

So says Allegra McEvedy, herself a top chef, broadcaster and writer. And who is she talking about? Claudia Roden.

In this unique film Claudia Roden talks of her early years in Egypt, leaving the country of her birth after the revolution in the 1950's, and why she started collecting recipes. Also Allegra McEvedy, Claudia's great friend, assesses Claudia's legacy and tells an anecdote that for her sums up Claudia Roden as a person.

   

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La Dolce Vita 2007
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La Dolce Vita 2007. The Italian-themed food exhibition at Olympia and we loved it!

Kriegie
Kriegie

Geoff Rothwell joined the RAF in 1939 at the age of 19. He miraculously survived 71 operations as a bomber pilot, but in September 1944 his plane crashed on the Dutch island of Texel and he spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1 in Germany.

He talks about the food experiences of the 'kriegies' (prisoners of war) while looking at the illustrated diary kept by his room-mate, Bohdan Arct , later published as Prisoner of war: my secret journal.


Part One - Oberürsel Interrogation Centre 

Part Two - Stalag Luft 1 - Red Cross Parcels

Part Three - "Belt Up" - German Rations

Part Four - Kriegie Recipes and Spam

 

Spam

Spam

 

 

Title says it all... or does it? 

Which meaning of the word is the first one you think of?  Here's a short vox pop introduction to the subject. 

To be continued...

 

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Olive Oil

olive oil 1How much do most of us really know about olive oil?

Television chefs extol the virtues of using extra virgin olive oil and are there on the supermarket shelves promoting their brand-named oils. But do we ever think about the qualities, flavours and varieties of olive oil or whether the colour matters?

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.

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Burger Culture

TimH

 

Meet TimH.  Film student, YouTube star, sometime editor for Talking Of Food... in his own words:

"I say stuff about things on the internet".

Currently in USA, Tim will be reporting on his food findings during his travels. This is his first take on Burger Culture. There will be more to come...

 

 

 

Josceline Dimbleby

 

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Josceline Dimbleby visited Talking Of Food recently to record a reading from Orchards in the Oasis, her book of recipes, travels and memories.

Before the recording started, she talked to Helen Garlick about the book and their conversation ranged  from Josceline’s earliest food influences and cooking in a London bedsit to a shared love of American brown paper grocery bags and MFK Fisher.

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Listen to Josceline reading from Orchards in the Oasis

News update:  A new and revised edition of Josceline Dimbleby's highly acclaimed Cooking for Christmas, originally published in 1978, is out now. 

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.