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The Food Programme

BBC Radio 4

Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
Can Anyone Learn To Cook? - A Life Through Food with Samin Nosrat

28:49 | Jun 30th

Netflix chef and author of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat', Samin Nosrat says anyone can learn to cook delicious food. Samin shares a life of food memories with Sheila Dillon. Presented by Sheila Dillon Produced in Bristol by Clare Salisbury
Why is CBD on everyone's lips?

27:55 | Mar 4th

CBD Gummies, CBD croissants, CBD coffee, CBD pesto, CBD beer... CBD is everywhere. Presenter Charlotte Smith tells the story of how this oil from cannabis that doesn’t get you high is becoming the biggest buzzword in food and drink from its beginnin...Show More
Women & Beer

28:20 | Jun 11th, 2017

Think beer. Think boys with beards? Think again. The last time Sheila Dillon reported on the women in British beer, in 2013, she met Sara Barton head brewer at Brewster's brewery in Lincolnshire. At the time Sara was the only woman head brewer in the...Show More
Why did the chicken cross the road? How food became more than a comedy punchline

30:24 | Aug 11th

Food has been larking about in comedy since Charlie Chaplin first slipped on a banana skin and made bread rolls dance: but somewhere along the way, it's evolved from the slapstick sidekick to a much more significant comic entertainer... From the dis...Show More
The Search for Esiah's Seeds

28:24 | Aug 4th

Dan Saladino tells the story of the late Esiah Levy a food grower who shared seeds and changed lives.
The BarbeQ'n'A

41:01 | Jul 28th

Rain or shine, the British barbecue is a summer tradition: and we want to help your al fresco feasts go with a bang! Sheila Dillon calls on Genevieve Taylor - a food writer, food stylist and presenter with an affinity for the outdoors that’s led to ...Show More
Good Enough for Granny: What's so special about the food our grandmothers cook?

28:33 | Jul 21st

We asked you to tell us stories of meals you remember your grandmothers making. Now Sheila Dillon asks why these dishes - whether delicious or otherwise - stick with us into adulthood. Food writer Alissa Timoshkina shares her Grandparents Siberian re...Show More
Is There A Perfect Diet Just For You? The Future of Personalised Nutrition

28:41 | Jul 14th

Dan Saladino takes part in a gruelling nutrition study to work out what to eat. Founded by Professor Tim Spector "Predict" is one of the biggest food and diet studies ever devised. A technological revolution means it is now possible to monitor large...Show More
Playing with Food: The world of video game gastronomy

29:10 | Jul 7th

Dan Saladino embarks on an epic quest into a world of food-filled computer games, to find out how and why foraging, cooking and eating have become such important components of the genre. Food has taken on a major role in many modern games - not only...Show More
Baking in the Nordics: The Bread Adventures of Chef Magnus Nilsson

28:58 | Jun 23rd

Magnus Nilsson takes Dan Saladino on a Nordic baking tour. For a nearly a decade Magnus, who is one of the world's most celebrated chefs, travelled through the region (which includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands) ...Show More
The BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019: Second Course

29:02 | Jun 16th

The winners of the BBC Food & Farming Awards 19 are revealed at a ceremony in Bristol. In part two, Jamie Oliver reveals the winner of the inaugral Pat Llewellyn New Talent award. Presented by Sheila Dillon Produced in Bristol by Clare Salisbury
The Food & Farming Awards 2019: First Course

24:54 | Jun 16th

The winners of the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019 are revealed at a glittering ceremony in Bristol. In the first course of the 2019 awards story, Sheila Dillon is joined by food industry experts including Angela Hartnett, Matt Tebbutt, Hugh Fearnley...Show More
Ten Good Things

27:44 | Jun 10th

With days to go before we learn who the winners are of the 2019 BBC Food & Farming Awards Dan Saladino looks at the remaining food and drink ideas on this year's shortlist. Drinks writer Alice Lascelles guides us through the drinks makers; an experi...Show More
Faith, Fasting and Feasting – A Ramadan Special

28:39 | Jun 2nd

As Ramadan 2019 draws to a close, many British Muslim reach the culmination of a month of fasting during daylight hours. But that doesn't mean that food is forgotten. On the contrary... In this programme, food writer Yasmin Khan celebrates the soci...Show More
An Education: Life lessons through food

28:44 | May 26th

Genevieve Taylor sets out to meet a few of this year's BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists, and hear how learning about food has changed their lives for the better. The first stop is Liberty Kitchen - a finalist in the Best Street Food or Takeaway...Show More
Stranded! How to eat on a desert island.

28:24 | May 19th

Dan Saladino arrives on a beach for a Robinson Crusoe experience. Will he be able to survive on wild food? Chef Gill Meller and foragers John Wright and Monica Wilde lend their expertise. This castaway coastal feast is something of a tribute to the ...Show More
What makes an excellent food producer?

28:15 | May 12th

What does it take to produce delicious food of the highest quality in the UK in 2019? This year, it was the turn of chef, food writer, BBC TV presenter, and this year's head judge in the BBC Food and Farming Awards Angela Hartnett to find out. In t...Show More
Feeding the High Street: Are food shops the answer?

27:36 | May 5th

At a time when shops are closing across the country, we visit three food retail businesses that are bucking the trend. Levenshulme Market in Greater Manchester, A Small Good Thing in Bolton and Squash in Liverpool are all making a positive impact in ...Show More
How reassuring are food assurance labels?

28:37 | Apr 28th

Food assurance labels come in all sorts of forms, appearing on all sorts of ingredients available from shops across the UK. Their logos promise certified standards in a range of production attributes - from environmental impact to animal welfare to s...Show More
Top Banana: The Future of the World's Most Popular Fruit

27:25 | Apr 21st

Dan Saladino meets the scientists working on the future of a truly global food, the banana.
How to Start a Food Revolution: The Food Adventures of Claus Meyer

28:49 | Apr 15th

Can you reinvent a food culture? Dan Saladino meets a man who did, Denmark's Claus Meyer, the co-founder of Noma, one of the world's most influential restaurants. From there he went to Bolivia and set up a restaurant to rescue lost foods of the Andes...Show More
Tipping Point: Time to Rethink the Service Charge?

28:22 | Apr 8th

Should you leave a cash tip or is card just as good, do you prefer a service charge or would you get rid of tipping altogether? Sheila Dillon finds out when she meets the co-founder of Hawksmoor Restaurants William Beckett to talk about our attitud...Show More
Life of Pie

29:02 | Mar 31st

One September Ella Risbridger tried to kill herself. She survived and left the hospital thinking about making a pie. When she got home, her partner persuaded her to make the pie, and it set Ella on a course to teach herself to cook. And in teaching h...Show More
Would you let a robot cook you dinner?

28:38 | Mar 24th

Robots are building burgers, stretching dough in pizzerias and cooking up a media storm. Soon, they could deliver our groceries, invent recipes using machine learning and cook in our homes with arms dangling down either side of our stoves. But should...Show More
Delicious and Endangered: The Story of Bluefin Tuna

28:20 | Mar 17th

Dan Saladino travels from Brixham to Tokyo in search of Bluefin tuna. In recent months there have been more sightings of the endangered fish in British waters but does that mean we can eat them? The Bluefin is the rarest, most valuable and at ris...Show More
A different kind of S.W.A.T team

28:07 | Mar 10th

10 years ago, Randeep Singh and his colleagues had a moment of realisation. More than 200 people in their immediate local community were living without a home. They were hidden from normal life, living beneath bridges or in refuse collection rooms. T...Show More
The Secret Life of Spaghetti

28:03 | Feb 25th

Dan Saladino looks at our long and tangled relationship with spaghetti. Both carbs and meat are under scrutiny and Mintel, which monitors consumer behaviour around the world, says we're eating less pasta. With that in mind Dan explore the past, prese...Show More
Should I boycott palm oil?

28:37 | Feb 17th

You will have heard of palm oil... but do you really know why? Possibly the things that come to mind are orangutans, deforestation. Perhaps you know that most of it is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia? Maybe you were aware of the frozen food specialis...Show More
Curry house crisis... where are the women?

27:59 | Feb 10th

The British Asian restaurant sector says it's suffering the consequence of major staff shortages. Many high street takeaways and curry houses are facing closure. While restaurants search for a solution, some are questioning whether enough is being do...Show More
Who are the new generation shaking up the food system?

28:45 | Feb 3rd

Who are the new voices pushing for change in the food system? Sheila Dillon hears from Alice Thompson of Social Bite, a charity that distributes over 100,000 hot drinks and meals to Scotland’s most vulnerable people every year from its sandwich shops...Show More
What does a no-deal Brexit mean for our food?

29:03 | Jan 27th

With just over 60 days before we're set to leave the EU Dan Saladino gathers thoughts along the food supply chain, from farmers and retailers to exporters and so called "preppers", on the prospects of a no deal Brexit. The likes of the British Retai...Show More
The one where we talk about deep fried Mars Bars

27:32 | Jan 20th

Deep frying our food is a fast efficient way of cooking and it's not new.The ancient Greeks staged comedies involving frying pans. The Romans fried fish in copious amounts of oil. But these days deep frying often gets a bad press. British chip shops...Show More
Feeding the Falklands

27:47 | Jan 13th

Would you buy a pineapple for £15? The Falkland Islands provides much of the squid we eat in Europe. And they can produce more lamb and beef than they could possibly eat. But some food - like fruit - is not so easy to get hold of. Gerard Baker meets ...Show More
Dog's Dinner

28:02 | Jan 7th

Premium pet food has become big business. In the past year, loving dog owners in the UK spent 379 million pounds on posh nosh for their pooches. What's more, more and more of us are seeking out humanised doggie dining experiences as well... Accompa...Show More
Weak, small and free: How no and low alcohol is finding power without strength

28:38 | Dec 30th, 2018

As people cut down and cut out booze, no and low alcohol drinks are pouring onto the market. Brewer Jaega wise explores this show against strength that's shaking up alcohol sector. Jane Peyton from the School of Booze puts on a tasting session at Lon...Show More
Nigella Lawson: A Life Through Food

34:38 | Dec 25th, 2018

"I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater." So writes Nigella Lawson in the preface to her first book 'How To Eat', published 20 years ago. In this programme, Nigella shares the food memories, ...Show More
The Changing World of Chocolate

28:31 | Dec 16th, 2018

Presenter Charlotte Smith puts down her beloved Kit Kat to discover a world of rich, bitter and often rather pricey chocolate as she explores how small producers and big manufacturers are adapting to demands for less sugar and less dairy but hopefull...Show More
Sweet Chestnuts

28:31 | Dec 9th, 2018

Rachel Roddy and Sheila Dillon share their love of Sweet Chestnuts and find out how they're for so much more than just roasting over an open fire. Like a lot of people Rachel's first memories of Chestnuts is as stuffing for turkey, but when she move...Show More
Cookbooks of 2018

28:39 | Dec 2nd, 2018

Sheila Dillon is joined by cook and food-writer Chetna Makan, Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller’—the book industry’s bible, and Kate Young who won the Guild of Food Writers Blogger of the Year award in 2017 discuss the cookbooks of 2018. The list inclu...Show More
The Food and Medicine Debate

28:29 | Nov 25th, 2018

Food as part of a prescription for health and wellbeing. What has gone wrong with our diets in the UK and how are doctors and experts trying to redress the balance to get us well again. Sheila Dillon and a group of food, diet and medical experts con...Show More
The Big Carb Debate

28:23 | Nov 18th, 2018

The Food Programme invites a panel of four to discuss the merits of a low versus high carbohydrate diet. Following up on the issues raised in discussing the government's dietary advice in the Eatwell Guide a panel including Duane Mellor of the Univ...Show More
Cambodia's Forgotten Food

28:08 | Nov 12th, 2018

Food writer, chef and presenter Genevieve Taylor tells the story of how Cambodia’s cooking history was almost lost in the genocide that saw millions die in the mid-1970s. While food from its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam was spreading all over the ...Show More
How Instagram changed food

27:59 | Nov 6th, 2018

How Instagram changed food - with journalist George Reynolds and Anissa Helou, the author of Feast. Plus @pleesecakes reveals the secrets to 147k followers in just 18 months; @felicityspector on whether she's an influencer or not; top chefs at Aqua...Show More
May Contain Nuts

28:39 | Oct 28th, 2018

Following the recent high-profile cases involving food allergy deaths, Bee Wilson investigates whether labelling needs to go further to protect allergy sufferers. Bee asks if the growing number of people suffering from food allergies could be due to ...Show More
A Vintage Year for Homegrown Wine

28:23 | Oct 21st, 2018

After the summer heatwave, Master of Wine Susie Barrie meets winemakers bringing in what could be a watershed harvest for homegrown wine. On a tour of the south of England she visits Peter Hall who's been making wine for 40 years in his isolated Brea...Show More
The C Word

28:13 | Oct 14th, 2018

Foxwhelp, cat's head, sheep's nose, hen's turd, yellow willy .... did you know there are over 200 varieties of cider apple? Jaega Wise of Wild Card brewery knows her beer and hops, but not so much her apple types. With cider production in full autumn...Show More
How to Feed a Fresher

27:30 | Oct 7th, 2018

It’s fresher’s week, and all over the country students are settling in to their new digs, frantically buying kettles, figuring out the microwave settings and stocking up on beans. Or are they? We all know the stereotypes about what university studen...Show More
The Meat-Free Meat Movement

28:42 | Oct 1st, 2018

Meat-free meat is having a moment. As more and more people move to a plant-based diet the range of steaks, burgers, hams - almost any meat product you can think of is available without the meat. Usually when we think of vegan and vegetarian dishes we...Show More
Stories for a harvest moon

27:56 | Sep 25th, 2018

Stories of harvest from around the UK to celebrate the autumn equinox and the passing of the summer. Presented by Andi Oliver Produced by Siobhan Maguire and Clare Salisbury
Rowley Leigh: A Life Through Food

27:43 | Sep 16th, 2018

Rowley Leigh, to many the "godfather" of modern British cooking tells his story to Dan Saladino. Along the way he cooks the perfect omelette and shares the secrets of great pasta. After dropping out of university at the end of the 1960s, Rowley Leig...Show More
The carnivore's guide to meat and fire

28:32 | Sep 11th, 2018

Meat, drink, fire and bands - every year top chefs gather in London for a hearty celebration that has become a carnivore's delight. Tim Hayward arrived fork in hand to see if there is any substance to the Meatopia craze. Lennox Hastie, 'Lord Logs' Ma...Show More
Label This!

33:59 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Sheila Dillon investigates the world of food and drink labelling; what has to go on, what doesn't, how we got here - and where things might be going. A complex legislative framework has built up over many years in the UK - Sheila looks at the shape ...Show More
Seeds: a 400-million-year-old food story

28:40 | Aug 26th, 2018

Dan Saladino and food historian Polly Russell share stories of seeds as told at this year's Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. From the link between amaranth and cannibalism to edible acorns. Founded in 1981 the Symposium takes a theme and invite...Show More
There's More to Mangoes

28:28 | Aug 19th, 2018

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of varieties of mango. Some creamy and sweet, some a bit hot, some like pineapple and some that are just a bit bland. Unfortunately it's the latter that are usually peeled, chopped and potted for us on supermarket...Show More
Shetland - A Food Homecoming

27:53 | Aug 12th, 2018

Sheila Dillon visits Shetland to meet the people transforming Shetland's food culture by reinventing traditional dishes as well as creating new food initiatives. Social media is playing a huge part in promoting a vibrant, young food scene that is att...Show More
Keep It Sticky: The Extraordinary Story of Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

27:35 | Aug 5th, 2018

Harlem based chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia, adopted in Sweden and made his reputation in New York City. He tells Dan Saladino his extraordinary story through food. The third of The Food Programme's 2018 season of African food stories. ...Show More
Music and Food: Sounds Delicious!

28:13 | Jul 29th, 2018

Dan Saladino explores the relationship between tunes and taste with Andi Oliver on the link between Sam Cooke and roast chicken and chef Stephen Harris on food and The Buzzcocks. Produced and presented by Dan Saladino.
Richard Corrigan: A Life Through Food

28:21 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Richard Corrigan's is a story of Ireland, the story of a turning point in British food culture and the story of a deep connection to the land and its produce. But most of all it is the story of a man committed to his principles in a notoriously unfor...Show More
Birmingham's Beloved Balti

28:39 | Jul 15th, 2018

For food writer Yasmin Khan, the Balti conjures up family meals out in her childhood home of Birmingham where she would regularly tuck into deep bowls of the city's most iconic dish -- richly spiced chicken or lamb, that she scooped up with freshly m...Show More
Cycling and Food: Fuelling the Peloton

28:14 | Jul 8th, 2018

To celebrate the start of the Tour de France, cycling presenter and former racer Rebecca Charlton takes you behind the scenes at one of the world's biggest bike events to find the race is on in the kitchen to fuel riders who need to eat up to 8,000 c...Show More
Unedited: Sheila Dillon's interview with Prof. Louis Levy of Public Health England

16:50 | Jul 3rd, 2018

This week's programme about the Eatwell Guide featured an interview with Prof. Louis Levy from Public Health England. This is the unedited version of his interview with Sheila Dillon.
The Eatwell Guide

28:29 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Sheila Dillon questions whether the government's Eatwell Plate that's issued to the medical profession and used as public guidance for a balanced diet could actually be harming us. An increasing number of medics are abandoning the plate because they ...Show More
What's Eating The Restaurant Trade?

28:09 | Jun 24th, 2018

Grace Dent, restaurant critic and broadcaster asks what's going wrong in the restaurant trade. With hundreds of small and large food outlets closing their doors, some say the restaurant business is in crisis, yet many argue that as an industry its co...Show More
BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018: Second Course

27:44 | Jun 19th, 2018

Sheila Dillon presents the people and the stories behind this year's Food and Farming Awards. Hear the winner of this year's Derek Cooper Outstanding Achievement Award, join Adam Henson and Charlotte Smith as they go in search of the farmers in the r...Show More
BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018: First Course

24:20 | Jun 19th, 2018

Andi Oliver, Alex James and Matt Tebbutt join Sheila Dillon for a night once dubbed 'the Oscars of the food world'; the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018. The night that the country's best loved chefs, cooks and food writers gather to celebrate unsung...Show More
Street Food 2018

28:15 | Jun 11th, 2018

As part of the BBC Food and Farming Awards Nigel Barden and Tom Parker Bowles met an amazing array of street food vendors. In this programme Nigel tells the finalist's stories and visits KERB market in Camden to hear how the industry is rapidly evolv...Show More
The Mothership of Brewing: Beer and the Belgians

27:54 | Jun 3rd, 2018

Dan Saladino and drinks writer Pete Brown find out why Belgium beer is so influential.
Life-changing Food

28:12 | Jun 1st, 2018

From prisons to research chefs, Sheila Dillon and chef Romy Gill hear how food is used around the country to transform lives. As judges on the 2018 BBC Food & Farming Awards, Romy Gill and writer Kathleen Kerridge visited three finalists in the UK ...Show More
Food Stories From Syria (3)

28:16 | May 20th, 2018

Europe's migrant crisis is far from over. Already in 2018, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) estimate that more than 24, 475 people have arrived in Europe by sea. 609 people are dead or missing since January*. The conflict in Syria is now into its 7th ...Show More
Japanese Whisky: A Beginners Guide

31:41 | May 14th, 2018

Dan Saladino goes on a journey through the history, culture and flavours of Japanese whisky. Why and how has this nation taken a drink so strongly associated with Scotland and made it their own? In 2001, the drinks world started to pay attention to ...Show More
Jollof Rice

27:34 | May 11th, 2018

Across West Africa, jollof rice is more than simply a staple food. It's the dish of home kitchens, of weddings and parties, something cooks take serious pride in. But take any notice of the newspapers, and recently it has also become one of the most ...Show More
The BBC Food & Farming Awards 2018: Finalist stories

28:22 | Apr 30th, 2018

You know their names, now Sheila Dillon helps tell the stories of the finalists in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018. For the last month, our judges, including Tim Hayward, Andi Oliver, Tom Parker-Bowles and Romy Gill have travelled the length and...Show More
Is There a Place for Salt?

28:40 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Salt has long been prized, but in recent years it has become, for many, something to be avoided: to reduce or even eliminate. At the same time, there are new salt making businesses popping up all over the UK, celebrating salts with - they claim - uni...Show More
The Sugar Tax: A (Short) History

28:30 | Apr 15th, 2018

Dan Saladino looks behind the headlines of the newly introduced sugar tax.
Northern Ireland: Food at a Crossroads

28:03 | Apr 15th, 2018

Sheila Dillon travels from the border to Belfast to learn why Northern Irish food has blossomed in recent years and what leaving the EU could mean for producers.
The Power of Food: Parabere Forum

28:36 | Apr 1st, 2018

Dan Saladino reports from Parabere Forum, with five life changing food stories. At the annual gathering for women working in food Dan finds unexpected and inspirational stories. Produced and presented by Dan Saladino.
Doctor's Orders: Getting Tomorrow's Medics Cooking

28:20 | Mar 25th, 2018

The NHS is at crisis point. Despite the diet books, the fitness videos, the health bloggers, in 2016, Public Health England estimated that Illness associated with lifestyle costs the NHS £11 billion every year. But are we missing something obvious?...Show More
The Future of Bread

28:58 | Mar 19th, 2018

Dan Saladino talks to Modernist Bread author, Nathan Myhrvold, about one of the biggest bread research projects ever undertaken, which involved the baking of 36,000 loaves. Nathan Myhrvold has spent his life trying to understand how things work, he...Show More
African Food

28:20 | Mar 11th, 2018

It's a matter of course that in January, food writers, critics and chefs try to predict the food trends of the year ahead. And if you trawled the columns in 2018, no doubt you would have found 'African food' among them. For Zoe Adjonyoh, restaurate...Show More
Eat to Run, Part 3

53:33 | Mar 9th, 2018

Dan Saladino meets the runners convinced low or no carbs is the way to peak performance.
The Big Pig Roadtrip

28:05 | Mar 4th, 2018

Tim Hayward embarks on the big pig road trip to meet some of the people who devote their lives to rare breeds of British pigs. He speaks to Adam Henson, best-known as a presenter on BBC One's Countryfile, about why pigs like the Gloucester Old Spot a...Show More
Comfort food for dark days

28:17 | Feb 18th, 2018

Sheila Dillon celebrates the power of food to comfort us in hard times, especially during these dark days of the year. Dumplings, marshmallows, chicken soup, fried chicken, curried goat: all the things we long to eat when we're sad, or sick, or homes...Show More
The Vegetable Yoda: Charlie Hicks

27:34 | Feb 11th, 2018

Sheila Dillon and Dan Saladino pay tribute to greengrocer extraordinaire, the late, great and encyclopaedic Charlie Hicks with help from Jamie Oliver, Gregg Wallace and Raymond Blanc. Many radio listeners will remember Charlie Hicks as a co-present...Show More
The World Service Cookbook

27:59 | Feb 4th, 2018

When the BBC World Service's Language Services moved into New Broadcasting House in central London, different services would take it in turns to host a 'Meet-Your-Neighbour' event to introduce themselves to other parts of the BBC. People started brin...Show More
Britain's Secret Saffron Story

28:30 | Jan 28th, 2018

Saffron is one of the world's most evocative spices, shrouded in myth and mystery and conjuring up images from the ancient Silk Road. Often seen as 'expensive', 'complicated' or perhaps for a special occasion, for British food writer Yasmin Khan, the...Show More
What Delicious Future?

28:24 | Jan 21st, 2018

Dan Saladino looks at ideas that could make an impact on our food future featuring America's Impossible Burger, a Sardinian maggot infested cheese and mussels being grown in downtown Copenhagen. Most people are aware of the challenges that lie ahea...Show More
The BBC Food & Farming Awards 2018: The Search Begins...

28:12 | Jan 14th, 2018

Where are the cooks changing the lives of their communities? Which food shops or markets make shopping a more unique experience? Who is making the UK a more delicious place through food and drink? Rick Stein, Giorgio Locatelli, Angela Hartnett, Yot...Show More

28:13 | Jan 7th, 2018

The sudden proliferation of porridge is there for all to see, across the country. Café chains like Pret, Starbucks, McDonalds; instant tubs on offer in your local supermarket; on the train, even. Sheila Dillon explores the current fashion for porridg...Show More
The Champagne Underground

28:35 | Dec 31st, 2017

Champagne sceptic Dan Saladino travels to the French region in search of the mavericks of fizz. These wine producers are part of a movement that's causing many to re-evaluate the world's most celebrated bubbles. For many, including Dan, champagne i...Show More
Sheila Dillon's Christmas Dinner

28:28 | Dec 24th, 2017

Sheila Dillon invites some special guests, friends old and new, to come and share a festive meal. Before they start to arrive, Nigel Slater drops by to help Sheila prepare. Each visitor will bring a dish, or a drink, that for them captures something...Show More
The World's Most Popular Cheese: The Story of Cheddar

28:12 | Dec 18th, 2017

Dan Saladino reports on the past, present and future of what's thought to be the world's most widely produced and consumed cheese, Cheddar. Dan also meets producers who are trying to discover what cheddar might have tasted like more than a century ag...Show More

28:19 | Dec 10th, 2017

We have a national passion for crisps. Every week, on average, each person in Britain eats 4 bags of crisps - a staggering 240 million bags a week. This is a good moment to look more closely at crisps, since this year they celebrate their bicentenary...Show More
Cookbooks of 2017

35:44 | Dec 3rd, 2017

It's that time of year when Sheila Dillon and special guests take a close look at the food, cookery and drink books of 2017. Joining Sheila are the food writer Bee Wilson, and the Features Editor at the book trade magazine The Bookseller, Tom Tivnan...Show More
Food on the Edge (A Food Story Mix-Tape)

28:34 | Nov 27th, 2017

Dan Saladino is at Food On The Edge, a gathering of people with food stories to tell; from a Black Panther breakfast to a chef convinced her emotions could be detected in her food. Held in Galway, the west of Ireland each year chef JP McMahon invite...Show More
Young and Vegan

28:46 | Nov 19th, 2017

The number of young people turning vegan is rising. Grace Dent meets some of the people opening vegan eateries and finds out how creatives are using social media to further the "vegangelical" cause. Grace goes to the Hackney Downs Vegan Market to s...Show More

27:53 | Nov 13th, 2017

With Catalonia in the midst of a political crisis, Sheila Dillon travels to the region just as they self-declared independence and discovers how the spirit of the region and its people are very much reflected in their passion for food.
The Art of Fermentation - A Masterclass

28:35 | Nov 4th, 2017

Dan Saladino gets a practical masterclass with the world-renowned teacher and author of 'The Art of Fermentation' - Sandor Ellix Katz. Presenter: Dan Saladino Producer: Rich Ward.
More Problems with Poultry?

27:59 | Oct 30th, 2017

Following years of reporting on UK chicken scandals, Dan Saladino looks at investigations now underway by The Food Standards Agency and MPs into practices at supplier 2 Sisters.
How We Eat: 4. Eating as a Family

28:02 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In this final programme of the series How We Eat, Sheila Dillon explores eating as a family, the reality and the myth. As working hours increase and with both parents working, it becomes more and more difficult to sit down together with the children ...Show More
How We Eat: 3. Eating By The Rules

28:07 | Oct 16th, 2017

Increasing numbers of people in Britain seem to eat according to very clearly defined rules, from fashionable Clean Eaters to religious believers to professional sportspeople. In this third programme in the series How we Eat, Sheila Dillon talks to t...Show More
How We Eat: 2. Eating with Strangers

28:04 | Oct 9th, 2017

What happens when you share a meal with strangers? What chemistry fizzes around the table, what bonds are formed, what happens next? In this programme Sheila Dillon talks to people who believe that eating with strangers is the greatest pleasure in li...Show More
How We Eat: 1. Eating Alone

27:56 | Oct 2nd, 2017

How we eat says so much about us. Where we come from, our family background, our feelings about our bodies even - our appetite for all kinds of pleasure... There was a time when how we eat was mostly about class, but whether you called it "tea" or "d...Show More
The BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017

52:07 | Sep 26th, 2017

Sheila Dillon presents the highlights of this year's awards with Giorgio Locatelli
Future Food

24:10 | Sep 18th, 2017

Seaweed, hydroponics and seeds. Dan Saladino meets the 'Future Food' finalists in the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards, and asks what their stories tell us about the future of what, and how, we all eat. Presenter: Dan Saladino Producer: Rich Ward.
Zero Compromise: A (Georgian) Natural Wine Story.

36:30 | Sep 11th, 2017

Dan Saladino travels into the Caucasus in search of "zero compromise" natural wine makers. He finds them in Georgia, thought to be the birthplace of wine, and home of the qvevri.
Feast Like a Georgian: A Food Guide to the Caucasus.

28:36 | Sep 3rd, 2017

Dan Saladino travels to a Georgia, considered to be an undiscovered food and drink gem at the heart of the meeting point between Europe and Asia. Food writer Carla Capalbo, author of Tasting Georgia: A food and wine journey in the Caucasus guides D...Show More
Salt Fish

28:14 | Aug 27th, 2017

Once a cheap dish to feed workers, salted cod has been preserved by cooks around the world who serve it to celebrate: On Sundays, at Carnival, at Christmas. It's an ingredient which has played a part in the forming of empires, fuelled armies and cure...Show More
Chef Stress

28:36 | Aug 21st, 2017

Dan Saladino investigates current pressures on chefs and the darker side of the restaurant kitchen. From breakdowns to addictions, is it a profession with more problems than most? Dan hears from a range of chefs who open up about the way their chose...Show More
Dishing The Dirt on Clean Eating

28:10 | Aug 13th, 2017

Grace Dent discovers what has made Anthony Warner into the Angry Chef and unpicks the role that social media plays in spurring people towards diet plans and 'healthy-eating' regimes Anthony set up a blog last year to vent his fury at what he describ...Show More
Patience Gray: A Life Through Food

28:14 | Aug 6th, 2017

"Poverty rather than wealth gives the good things of life their true significance. Home-made bread rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with olive oil, shared - with a flask of wine - between working people, can be more convivial than any feast." So writ...Show More
Summer camping special

33:24 | Jul 30th, 2017

Sheila Dillon and The Food Programme team go camping, to discover the possibilities of food and drink in the outdoors. Joining Sheila around a Monmouthshire campfire are BBC 6Music presenter Cerys Matthews, author of 'How to Eat Outside' Genevieve T...Show More
Greece: Return to the land?

28:19 | Jul 23rd, 2017

This week, Sheila Dillon is in Greece to speak to farmers and food producers about how they are carving new lives for themselves out of the financial crisis. Greeks have now lived through seven years of austerity after the most catastrophic Europea...Show More
Sandor Katz and the Art of Fermentation

27:30 | Jul 16th, 2017

Sandor Katz has been enchanted by fermentation, the mysterious process by which microbes transform food and drink, for some two decades. Since making his first crock of sauerkraut, his fascination with fermentation has broadened, deepened, and he now...Show More
Hunting With The Hadza 2: The Microbiome.

28:15 | Jul 12th, 2017

Dan Saladino asks if hunter gatherers, the Hadza tribe, hold the key to our future health. Presented and produced by Dan Saladino.
Hunting with the Hadza

28:39 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Dan Saladino eats with one of the last remaining hunter gatherer tribes, Tanzania's Hadza.
Diet and Dementia: An Update

48:16 | Jun 25th, 2017

What can I do? That was the question posed to us by Food Programme listener Angie Roberts who cares for her mother Clara. Clara, like 850 thousand others in the UK, has dementia, and meal times were making her anxious. 9 months on from our last edit...Show More
Alastair Little: A Life through Food

28:23 | Jun 18th, 2017

As he prepares to move to Australia, leaving a lasting culinary legacy here in the UK, chef and food writer Alastair Little shares his life in food with Sheila Dillon. Born in Lancashire, from a very early age Alastair Little paid careful attention ...Show More
Cult Fiction and Food

39:26 | Jun 5th, 2017

From Confederacy of Dunces to Absolute Beginners and On The Road, Dan Saladino explores cult novels to find out how writers Jack Kerouac, Colin MacInnes and John Kenney Toole used food. Authors have always used food and drink in their narratives to ...Show More

28:25 | May 28th, 2017

Sheila Dillon takes a journey into the culinary use, history and the latest medical findings about turmeric. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family of plants - and its rhizome, the part mainly used in cooking, has a deep orange-go...Show More
Mac 'n' Cheese

27:59 | May 21st, 2017

Sheila Dillon charts the rise of the humble mac'n'cheese: a dish that crosses culture and classes and has established itself as a popular comfort food across the world. We discover the history of the dish. Food historian Polly Russell tells us how a...Show More
The Chef Who Vanished - The Story of Jeremiah Tower

28:23 | May 15th, 2017

At the age of 30, with no formal training, Jeremiah Tower became a chef. His approach to cooking changed the food world for good, then he walked away. Dan Saladino tells the story of the man who many consider to be the first "celebrity chef". The fo...Show More
The Herbal World of Jekka McVicar

28:21 | May 8th, 2017

Culinary herb grower Jekka McVicar shares her life through food with Sheila Dillon. Taking a walk through the small herb farm where Jekka grows some 600 varieties of herb (300 of them culinary), Sheila discovers a world of ancient knowledge, vivid fl...Show More
Out Like a Lamb

28:07 | Apr 30th, 2017

Lamb. Long a staple of the UK dinner table. But one glance at the statistics and it's obvious that 'Generation Y' aren't inspired. Estimates suggest under 30s are buying just 15g of lamb a week. That's just over 10 lamb chops in a year and less than ...Show More
The Potato

28:19 | Apr 23rd, 2017

Sheila Dillon digs up the remarkable story of how potatoes changed the world, offer a whole spectrum of flavour, and might shape our food future. With Sheila are cook and food writer Anna Jones, Charles C. Mann - author of '1493 - How Europe's Disco...Show More
Food Stories from Venezuela Part 2: Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe

28:10 | Apr 18th, 2017

Dan Saladino meets a woman who believes Venezuela's escape from crisis rests on chocolate. Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe is on a mission to reclaim her country's former cacao bean glory.
Food Stories from Venezuela: Eating in a Failed State.

28:09 | Apr 10th, 2017

Venezuela is seeing its worst economic crisis in living memory. As some of the most basic ingredients become unavailable or unaffordable Dan Saladino tells the food story.

28:18 | Apr 4th, 2017

Blood in food is about as divisive as it comes. But Tim Hayward loves it. A rare steak, a carefully crisped slice of black pudding, a blood meringue...? In this programme Tim meets butchers, cooks and chefs determined to put blood back on the dining...Show More
Chef Dan Barber: The Third Plate

28:25 | Mar 26th, 2017

Dan Saladino profiles the influential US chef and writer Dan Barber, author of 'The Third Plate - Field Notes on the Future of Food'. Originally with plans to become a novelist, Dan Barber opened his first restaurant, Blue Hill, in Greenwich Village ...Show More
BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017: The Finalists

28:17 | Mar 20th, 2017

You've cast your nominations in the thousands. Now it's time to reveal who's in the running in the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017. Judges including Giorgio Locatelli, Joanna Blythman, Allegra McEvedy, Stefan Gates, Romy Gill and Gill Meller help Shei...Show More
Tea: A Coffee Drinker's Guide, Part 2

28:41 | Mar 13th, 2017

Do we pay enough for tea? Dan Saladino - a long-term and deeply committed coffee drinker - continues his look at our love affair with the leaf. Dan catches up with the BBC's South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt, who has reported on conditions for...Show More
Tea: A Coffee Drinker's Guide

28:17 | Mar 6th, 2017

Hardened coffee drinker Dan Saladino investigates tea's past, present and future and finds out how our preference for the leaf has changed over three centuries. He visits the location of Britain's first tea retailer, hears the adventures of legendary...Show More
Thailand: A Royal Food Legacy

28:15 | Feb 26th, 2017

Historian Dr Polly Russell and chef Ashley Palmer-Watts visit farming communities in the Northern Chang Mai province of Thailand who have given up farming opium in favour of Western vegetables and salad crops for fine dining restaurants in Thailand's...Show More
Let's Do Lunch

28:03 | Feb 19th, 2017

What did you eat for lunch today? Whatever you ate, according to our recent national survey you took less than half an hour to do it. Twenty five minutes twenty four to be precise. We're living in an era of grab-and-go. It's a sector of the food ind...Show More

28:29 | Feb 12th, 2017

Sheila Dillon goes on a citrus journey, discovering vivid flavour possibilities and hidden histories. Joining Sheila are Catherine Phipps, food writer and creator of a new book 'Citrus - Recipes that Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet' out this week, ...Show More

28:31 | Feb 6th, 2017

What can one single dish can tell you about America's history? One particular bowl of soup gives us an insight about the future of cultures that convene around it. Gumbo is eaten by nearly everyone in New Orleans, but its past speaks of the deep ineq...Show More
Leah Chase: The cook who changed America

28:12 | Jan 30th, 2017

Meet 94 four year old Leah Chase. For seventy years she has led the kitchen at New Orleans famous Dooky Chase restaurant. During her time she's hosted US Presidents, and civil rights activists, and music legends from Ray Charles to Michael Jackson. ...Show More
Lancashire: My Food Roots

28:26 | Jan 26th, 2017

Sheila Dillon returns to her food roots in Lancashire, meeting people doing and creating extraordinary things - from food producers, to cooks to campaigners. As nominations come in for the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards, celebrating people and busi...Show More
Introducing... The BBC Food and Farming Awards 2017

27:52 | Jan 15th, 2017

The BBC Food & Farming Awards are back. Based on public nominations, the awards celebrate the unsung heroes of UK food and farming; From school cooks to chip shops, from cider makers to supermarkets, corner shops to carrot farmers. In the awards' 1...Show More
Belfast: Creating a New Food Tradition

28:06 | Jan 8th, 2017

In this series of four programmes broadcast over Christmas and the New Year, Sheila Dillon explores the link between tradition and food. Sheila ends the series by exploring the creation of a new food culture - in Northern Ireland. It started with t...Show More
Loch Fyne: Celebrating Food Tradition

28:04 | Jan 1st, 2017

In this series of four programmes broadcast over the Christmas period, Sheila Dillon explores the link between tradition and food. Food can bind a community together, and give it new life. In this third programme of the series, Sheila travels to Lo...Show More
Wild Boar

28:04 | Dec 25th, 2016

In this series of four programmes broadcast over Christmas, Sheila Dillon explores the link between tradition and food. For Christmas Day, Sheila celebrates The Wild Boar Feast - an ancient Viking tradition which still lingers on in Britain (think ...Show More
A Passion for Cake

28:12 | Dec 20th, 2016

In this series of four programmes broadcast over Christmas, Sheila Dillon explores the link between tradition and food. First, in the run-up to Christmas, she takes an irreverent look at baking - and the connection between baking and being a "Good ...Show More
The Future of Cheese

28:07 | Dec 12th, 2016

Dan Saladino finds out what the future holds for cheese, including the role of raw milk. It's a story of microbes, mystery, discord and symphony. Dan is joined by Bronwen Percival, cheese buyer for Neal's Yard Dairy and contributor to the new Oxford...Show More
Sisters' Feast

28:18 | Dec 5th, 2016

'Pop-up' chef and food writer Olia Hercules, The Great British Bake Off contestant turned Youtube star Chetna Makan, Film academic come supper club hostess Dr Alissa Timoshkina and cafe chef / 'instagrammer' / writer Elly Curshen are among ten women ...Show More
Cookbooks of 2016

28:26 | Nov 28th, 2016

Sheila Dillon and guests discuss the year's food and cookery books - focussing on debut food books. Joining Sheila in the studio is cook, gardener and writer Jojo Tulloh, journalist and food writer Alex Renton, and the Features Editor at the trade m...Show More
Our Wild Spice Rack

28:17 | Nov 21st, 2016

Sheila Dillon heads to Galloway, Scotland, to meet forager and wild food teacher Mark Williams - who claims to be able to match anything in our spice racks with flavours found in the wild, in the UK. Can he assemble a 'native spice rack'? What might ...Show More
Cooking clubs in Basqueland

28:17 | Nov 14th, 2016

Spain's Basque region exerts a powerful influence on global cuisine, Dan Saladino finds out why. Heston Blumenthal and writer Harold Mcgee provide insights into this food culture.
Gavin and the Chinese Food Olympics

28:09 | Nov 7th, 2016

Every four years, the most established names in Chinese cuisine pitch their skills against each other in an international competition which has become known as the Olympics of Chinese food. This year the World Championship for Chinese Cuisine was hel...Show More
Pumpkins and Winter Squash

28:28 | Nov 1st, 2016

Sheila Dillon and special guests discover a delicious world of pumpkins and winter squash. It's Halloween time, and pumpkins are making their annual appearance in windows and on doorsteps. But these winter squash are part of a fascinating family of ...Show More
Terra Madre Part 2: A Global Food Gathering

28:14 | Oct 24th, 2016

From ancient Egyptian bread to Native American food, Dan Saladino reports from Terra Madre.
Terra Madre Part 1: A Global Food Gathering

27:34 | Oct 17th, 2016

Dan Saladino reports from Slow Food's global food event Terra Madre with stories from Africa. Terra Madre (aka Mother Earth) is probably one of the world's biggest gatherings around food. Thousands of farmers, cooks and producers travel from 140 co...Show More
The Apple: How British a Fruit?

31:23 | Oct 9th, 2016

As apple fairs and celebrations are held all around the country, Sheila Dillon travels to an orchard in Devon for a conversation with drinks writer Pete Brown, who has just written a book about his two-year journey into all things apple: 'The Apple O...Show More
Diet and Dementia

48:33 | Oct 3rd, 2016

For the 850 thousand families in the UK living with dementia, the simple daily practise of eating a meal can escalate into a dreaded challenge. Spurred on by a listener's personal experience, Sheila Dillon meets people living with dementia to ask how...Show More
Food Stories from Syria 2

36:36 | Sep 28th, 2016

This week, as aid convoys carrying food into Syria have been under attack, Dan Saladino revisits the conflict. A year ago, he reported on how displaced Syrians managed to eat and survive in conflict and its impact on the country's ancient food cultur...Show More
An Antarctic Chef

24:13 | Sep 18th, 2016

Charles Green. Chas to his family, 'cook' to his colleagues. A young baker whose sense of adventure drew him to a career cooking on the sea. You may never have heard of Charles, but you certainly will have heard of an expedition on which he played a ...Show More
Cooking for Poldark

27:54 | Sep 12th, 2016

As the much-anticipated new series of Poldark returns to our screens, most eyes will be on Aidan Turner but behind the scenes a raft of experts has worked to ensure each setting is as accurate to the time as possible - including the food. The Food Pr...Show More
Coffee and the God Shot. The Drinks Menu

42:06 | Sep 6th, 2016

Dan Saladino journeys into coffee's past, present and future. He discovers a world of new flavours, far from his formative espresso experiences in Sicily - and finds that things are more precarious than they may seem. Are we living in a golden age of...Show More
Whisky Britannia: The Drinks Menu

28:24 | Aug 29th, 2016

With 20 million casks lying in storage maturing, Scotch whisky looks set to hold its strong place in the world market for decades to come. It's the third biggest industry in Scotland, contributing £3.3 billion to the economy per year. But the landsca...Show More
Time for an Aperitif? The Drinks Menu

28:10 | Aug 21st, 2016

In French, 'l'aperitif', in Italian, 'l'aperitivo'. We don't of course have a translation in English, but the aperitif, the drinks and snacks which proceed a meal have long captured our imaginations. The sounds and smells of Mediterranean holidays, t...Show More
Roger Protz: A Life Through Beer

28:15 | Aug 15th, 2016

From being tucked under the pub bar stool as a baby to getting into Fleet Street pubs underage, Roger Protz's passion for beer began early. He's spent 40 years on a mission to celebrate and protect brewing traditions - writing about brewing and beers...Show More
The Surprising Strawberry

28:17 | Aug 7th, 2016

2016's strawberry solstice fell as the UK's strawberry pickers embarked on a bigger crop than ever before. Strawberries have become a supermarket staple - no longer a seasonal treat. But as our appetite for the berries has increased, production it se...Show More
Raising the Pulse

28:25 | Aug 1st, 2016

Pulses are little marvels - protein packed lentils, peas and beans are cheap, good for health and help the soil. They're central to many food cultures including Italy and France but as a nation we eat very few other than baked beans. Now the Food and...Show More
A Fat Lot of Good

28:34 | Jul 29th, 2016

The range of fats and oils available to us is growing but the advice has changed dramatically. Sheila Dillon looks to cut through the latest thinking to help gain clarity of which we should be using when. She's joined in the studio by Dr Michael Mo...Show More
Kitchens of Power

27:50 | Jul 29th, 2016

Why is cheese essential when the German Chancellor comes for dinner? Dan Saladino explains why a plate of food shouldn't be taken at face value in this special episode of the Food Programme, made in collaboration with the Food Chain on The World Se...Show More
Albania and the Cheese Road

28:13 | Jul 18th, 2016

Dan Saladino travels on a new road in Albania that leads to an undiscovered cheese world.
School food: An uncertain future

28:14 | Jul 10th, 2016

In 2013, The School Food Plan was published aiming to revolutionise food in schools across England, and to show countries around the world what providing good food in schools could look like. Out of the policy came 'universal infant free school meals...Show More
Brexit and Food: A Food Programme Special

34:39 | Jul 4th, 2016

Dan Saladino outlines the big food issues we're facing because of Brexit. From the impact of a devalued pound to longer term questions over the future of how we farm, produce, buy and sell food. Dan goes on the road in search of answers. The podcas...Show More
That Gut Feeling: Part Two

28:30 | Jun 27th, 2016

Dan Saladino returns to the world of the gut microbiota, the vast array of microbes within us all. From the Amazon Basin to East Africa to the life underneath our feet; food will never be quite the same again. Featuring Tim Spector, author of The Di...Show More
Food, Fishing and the Faroes

30:08 | Jun 20th, 2016

Dan Saladino reports on food, survival and fishing from the Faroe Islands. From fermented sheep's head to whale blubber he finds out how people eat on the remote archipelago. For many generations many of these traditonal foods were only eaten in fami...Show More
That Gut Feeling: Part One

29:24 | Jun 13th, 2016

Dan Saladino discovers the world of the gut microbiota, the vast array of microbes within us all. From East Africa to the White House, it's a story that'll change the way you eat. Dan is joined by Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Ki...Show More
An Archive for Food

29:33 | Jun 5th, 2016

In the British Library there is an archive of life story sound recordings which tells the true story of how our food has changed over the past century. Until now, this collection has been accessible only by visiting the British Library. Now, for the ...Show More
Diana Henry: A Life Through Food (Part 2)

47:38 | May 24th, 2016

Food writer Diana Henry has just collected a James Beard Award in America for her latest book 'A Bird in the Hand'. Straight from the plane she joined Sheila Dillon at the Bristol Food Connections Festival. In Part 1 of the interview she shared about...Show More
Best Food Producer: The Winner

27:58 | May 13th, 2016

Part two of a road trip which took BBC Food & Farming Awards judges Yotam Ottolenghi and Sheila Dillon from the Outer Hebrides, to Cheshire's pastures and on to South west Wales. Which is where they met the winners of this year's award. They are Char...Show More
Best Food Producer: The Finalists

27:59 | May 6th, 2016

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sheila Dillon meet BBC Food and Farming Awards's best food producers.
BBC Food and Farming Awards 2016: Special Edition

52:26 | May 5th, 2016

Sheila Dillon presents the 2016 BBC Food & Farming Awards in this extended online special. At the ceremony in Bristol, Sheila and three co-hosts - Yotam Ottolenghi, Angela Hartnett and Stefan Gates - guide us through the stories of the finalists a...Show More
Bristol - A story of a city through its food

28:23 | Apr 24th, 2016

Sheila Dillon and Genevive Taylor explore why Bristol has such a strong food scene.
Food in Extreme Places: Space (3/3)

28:10 | Apr 18th, 2016

Food in the most extreme cooking environment, space. Dan Saladino tries menus for Mars.
Food in Extreme Places: The Submarine (2/3)

28:28 | Apr 11th, 2016

Continuing our series of programmes on cooking and eating in challenging conditions in remote places: The Royal Navy's submarines make their own air and water so food is the one factor limiting how long they can remain at sea. Sheila Dillon explores ...Show More
Food in Extreme Places: Antarctica (1/3)

28:12 | Apr 3rd, 2016

Across all of the world, weather doesn't get more extreme than the Antarctic winter. The continent is plunged into 24 hour darkness from from March to October with strong polar winds and temperatures that can dip to minus 50. But for the staff of the...Show More
Food Is Mad - The Update

27:58 | Mar 24th, 2016

From the guerilla gardener Ron Finley in South Central LA fighting the law to grow vegetables to the project training children in Brazilian favelas to train as chefs, Dan Saladino has shared some inspiring and life changing food projects shared at th...Show More
The Pizza

27:49 | Mar 21st, 2016

Dan Saladino charts the rise, fall and rise of traditional Neapolitan pizza. He's joined by Daniel Young whose "Where to Eat Pizza" lists 1700 great pizzerias around the world. A common theme in the book, Daniel argues, is that after decades of com...Show More

28:11 | Mar 14th, 2016

Fermentation is one of our oldest methods for preserving food. All around the world people have been transforming food with the help of microbes for thousands of years. The problem is, this simple method has had an identity crisis. We tend either see...Show More
BBC Food and Farming Awards 2016: The Finalists

28:10 | Mar 14th, 2016

Sheila Dillon unveils the list of this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards finalists. Presenter: Sheila Dillon Producer: Rich Ward.
The Sake Revelation

28:25 | Mar 7th, 2016

If your experience of sake has been limited to simply 'a hot cup of alcohol after a meal' like Sheila Dillon it's time to listen without prejudice. With thousands of breweries each producing dozens of varieties there is more range than most of us und...Show More
Feeding India

28:13 | Feb 29th, 2016

Dan Saladino explores the fierce debate over how 1.2bn people will be fed in the future.
First Bite

28:02 | Feb 15th, 2016

In her new book, First Bite - How We Learn To Eat, Bee Wilson takes a deep and reflective look at how food choices and habits are shaped, and how they can be changed. Sheila Dillon is joined by Bee Wilson and special guests to discuss the book's sur...Show More
Eating to Run: Part 2

41:19 | Feb 11th, 2016

Ultra-marathon champ and vegan Scott Jurek tells Dan Saladino how to eat and run 100 miles. Fermented food and Paleo diets are also put to the test in Food and Running Part 2.
Newcastle: The Story of a City through Its Food

28:03 | Feb 4th, 2016

Dan Saladino meets the people working to improve the food future of Newcastle.
Cardiff: The Story of a City through Its Food

28:09 | Jan 25th, 2016

Welcome to Cardiff, Croeso i Caerdydd. The capital of Wales and the fastest growing urban population in the UK. For centuries, people have come to the city to live from Wales, and from far beyond the country's borders, attracted by the prospect of a ...Show More
Leeds: The Story of a City Through Its Food

28:12 | Jan 17th, 2016

When the Food Programme went to Leeds to cover its growing food and drink scene many areas of the city had recently been flooded. At the time community groups, including Muslims and Sikhs, were taking part in a food operation to feed those forced out...Show More
2016 Food and Farming Awards Launch

28:16 | Jan 10th, 2016

Sheila Dillon reveals this year's team of judges, and launches the 2016 BBC Food and Farming Awards. Sheila will be catching up with some of last year's winners and nominees and explaining how you can send in your all-important nominations. Presente...Show More
Eating to Run: Part 1

27:12 | Jan 4th, 2016

How important is diet to running performance? It's a question Food Programme listener and runner Nicole Marais wanted answers too and so she emailed the programme's production team. This programme explains what happened next.... When Dan Saladino we...Show More
Yotam Ottolenghi: A Life Through Food

28:14 | Dec 28th, 2015

Food writer, chef, restaurateur, philosopher...? Since 'Ottolenghi: the cookbook' was published in 2008, Yotam Ottolenghi has become one of the UK's most followed voices on food and cooking. Nearly eight years later, Ottolenghi's cookbooks total fiv...Show More
No Mere Trifle

28:30 | Dec 20th, 2015

For some, trifle is an essential part of Christmas - a star centrepiece at the dinner table. For others its a reminder of 70s food hell - soggy sponge, jelly, hundreds and thousands dissolving into custard and cream and possibly crowned with glace ch...Show More
Juliet Harbutt: A Life Through Food

28:04 | Dec 15th, 2015

As she readies herself for an imminent move back to her native New Zealand after three decades in the UK, Juliet Harbutt, cheese educator and campaigner, shares her life in food with Sheila Dillon. Born and raised in Auckland, an experience with so...Show More
Food Museums

27:56 | Dec 6th, 2015

If you were to create a museum telling the story of food and drink what would you say or put on display? What about interactivity - tastes and smells? Is it about flavour and experience or the process of creating the ingredients from the farmers to g...Show More
Cookbooks of 2015

28:19 | Dec 1st, 2015

Sheila Dillon and guests reflect on a year of cookery and food books. Sheila is joined in the studio by Bee Wilson, historian and food writer who's about to publish First Bite: How We Learn to Eat, journalist and food writer Alex Renton, and Feature...Show More

28:08 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Nearly every major city in the world has one- a district where Chinese immigrants have settled to live, work and eat. This week Dan Saladino takes you on a tour of Chinatowns around the world. From one of the oldest, in Manila, to one of the newest...Show More
Scotch Egg! Scotch Egg!

28:15 | Nov 15th, 2015

Scotch eggs may conjure memories of Summer picnics, school dinners or even Alan Partridge but the humble bar snack has been elevated to a culinary canvas on which chefs can make their own mark and feature on the menus of some of the UK's top restaura...Show More
Trish Deseine Goes Home

28:12 | Nov 8th, 2015

Trish Deseine may not be a household name in the UK. But in France, the home of gastronomy, her 12 cookbooks, all written in French, have sold hundreds and thousands of copies, and influenced a generation of chefs, food writers and home cooks. She ha...Show More
The Pear

28:28 | Oct 25th, 2015

For many of us, a disappointing experience with an unripe or tasteless pear has coloured our opinion of what was once thought of as a superior fruit: "gold to the apple's silver". Sheila Dillon travels to Kent to meet Dr Joan Morgan, who is just pub...Show More
A Milk Appreciation

28:18 | Oct 18th, 2015

When was the last time you drank a simple glass of milk? Perhaps you view it more as an ingredient for cooking or to splash in your tea rather than a product of beauty with its own strengths and qualities? When the retailers slashed milk prices to lu...Show More
How Did the Chicken Cross the World?

27:39 | Oct 12th, 2015

As a race, we humans owe a fair amount to the chicken. Throughout time it has been a religious deity, a medicine source as well as being a food. It's travelled the world alongside explorers, inspired scientific revelations and of course been the nub ...Show More

28:16 | Oct 5th, 2015

Dan Saladino hunts down that flavour we call 'bitter', and asks if bitterness is disappearing from our food and drink - and why this matters. Bitter tastes are found all over the planet; wild leaves, fruits, vegetables and more. Bitterness is also c...Show More
Food Stories from Syria 1

27:45 | Sep 27th, 2015

The continuing conflict in Syria has caused millions of people to flee the country. Images of men, women and children living in camps, walking vast distances and even risking perilous journeys by boat or stowed away on trucks have been shown around t...Show More
The Ark of Taste: The Story so Far

24:07 | Sep 23rd, 2015

This is a race against time. Earlier this year The Food Programme set out to record stories of foods around the world facing extinction, a project that has provided dramatic accounts from the depths of Anatolian caves to the heights of Indonesian rai...Show More
Jam Tomorrow... Today

27:58 | Sep 15th, 2015

Jam. Think sticky apricot and saccharine strawberry? Think again. Our British love affair with jam goes back to the sweet-toothed 17th century. But now our interest seems to be waning. Shop sales of jam are down amid concerns over the amount of sugar...Show More
Libera Terra: Sicily's Anti-Mafia Farms

27:26 | Sep 7th, 2015

Dan Saladino finds out how farms confiscated from Sicily's mafia are providing food and wine, helping to fight crime and providing a future for a new generation on the island. The project, a not for profit farming operation called "Libera Terra" (wh...Show More
My Food Hero: Ella McSweeney Meets Wendell Berry

27:28 | Sep 1st, 2015

Wendell Berry has been described as 'An American Hero' but his work and teaching have inspired and influenced leaders, writers and campaigners around the world. Ella McSweeney had no hesitation in choosing him as her 'Food Hero' and travels to meet h...Show More
My Food Hero: Dan Saladino meets Mary Taylor-Simeti

28:02 | Sep 1st, 2015

Dan Saladino retraces his Sicilian food roots and goes in search of a great expert on the island's cuisine, Mary Taylor Simeti. She left America in the early 1960's and has now lived in Sicily for 50 years. Sicily has one of the oldest, continuous, ...Show More
My Food Hero: Sheila Dillon meets writer and campaigner Susan George

28:06 | Aug 17th, 2015

In the second of a special series of food heroes, Sheila Dillon meets one of the most influential writers on international hunger and social justice in recent times. Susan George published her first book 'How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons f...Show More
My Food Hero: Tim Hayward meets Len Deighton

28:00 | Aug 11th, 2015

Tim Hayward meets the man who changed the whole way he approached food. Someone who inspired Tim, and many others, to look at food and the techniques of cooking in a completely new way. A surprising food figure perhaps, he is a best-selling author, ...Show More
Going Pop

28:00 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Staying sober on a night out can be a limiting experience with the soft drinks choice on offer in many places. But with an increasing number of 16-24 year olds staying teetotal, demand is increasing for more interesting, varied and healthier choices....Show More
Bread for Scotland

28:08 | Jul 27th, 2015

Scotland has a problem with food. For all the salmon, whisky and summer berries celebrated in this year of Scottish Food & Drink, the Government says its spending billions fighting an obesity crisis, and when it comes to groceries, the supermarket is...Show More
Fast Food Workers

28:21 | Jul 20th, 2015

With a new "living wage" announced Sheila Dillon explores the world of fast food workers. In the U.S. a campaign over low pay, started in 2012, has now gone global. Saying they could no longer live on the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 the workers cal...Show More
New Wine Generation

28:04 | Jul 13th, 2015

There's a revolution happening in the world of wine. While tradition once dictated the way things were done, a new generation of wine drinkers are shaking things up - in the way it's sold, consumed and written about - with the intention of shaking of...Show More
Feeding the Commons - Part II: Lunch to Lights Out

27:52 | Jul 6th, 2015

Following the food operation at the centre of British politics. Lunch to Lights out The Food Programme team go behind the scenes of one of the most historic food operations in the world. In the second part of this edition, we hear how dining in Par...Show More
Feeding the Commons - Part I: Breakfast to Brunch

28:13 | Jun 29th, 2015

Following the food operation at the centre of British politics. Breakfast to Brunch. The Food Programme team go behind the scenes of one of the most historic food operations in the world. In the first part of this edition, we discover the incredible...Show More
Fantastic Fiction and Fabulous Feasts

28:20 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Close your eyes and think for a moment about the books you read as a child and those that talked about food. A vivid description of a flavour can spark the imagination and the taste buds but a secret midnight feast at Malory Towers, the elaborate Hog...Show More
Simon Hopkinson: A Life Through Food - Part 2

28:14 | Jun 15th, 2015

Cook and writer Simon Hopkinson was at the height of his powers in the kitchen of Bibendum in London in the early 1990s, but he'd walk away from professional cooking to focus on his food writing. In the second part of this interview with Sheila Dill...Show More
Simon Hopkinson: A Life Through Food - Part 1

24:05 | Jun 15th, 2015

Cook and food writer Simon Hopkinson shares his culinary life story with Sheila Dillon. In a food career spanning four decades he's been an influential chef, television cook and author of the "most useful cookbook of all time". In this first of two ...Show More

28:23 | Jun 11th, 2015

From the 'slow and low' tradition of the American south to the village of Llantwit Major in South Wales, Dan Saladino explores the revival of one of the food world's most misunderstood words; barbecue. A world away from the burnt burgers and charre...Show More
Rick Stein - A Life Through Food (Part 2)

49:41 | Jun 8th, 2015

In this second part of a two-programme special, Rick Stein continues in conversation with Sheila Dillon talking about how he was discovered for TV by Keith Floyd's Director, David Pritchard thirty years ago. Despite being naturally introverted his st...Show More
Salt, Pepper... and Seaweed?

28:11 | May 26th, 2015

Highly regarded for its health benefits, people living by the shore have been eating seaweed for millennia. In Ireland, it was part of a prehistoric diet, and taken to ward off illness. In New Zealand, seaweed was a Maori delicacy. In Iceland, it was...Show More
The Spice Explosion

28:20 | May 17th, 2015

This is more than a story about chicken tikka masala. The UK's palette is changing with a demand for far more spice and pizzazz in our menus and larders. The UK currently imports almost double what it did in the year 2000. Much of that demand has bee...Show More