A Special (Food) Relationship (Mon, 21 Nov 11) Available as a podcast for a limited time
“Mark Bittman, chief food writer at the New York Times, journeys to the UK to see what he can learn from campaigning chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver and Arthur Potts Dawson.”
Not something I normally follow, BBC Radio 4’s rather earnest, self-congratulatory, middle-class sop for the food trendy is typically a little too rich for me. However, this special show, triggered by NYT food writer Bittman’s research trip to the UK departed the usual track, focusing on the food campaigners influencing both commercial practices and public policy.
Bittman had covered Jamie Oliver’s healthy eating campaign, transplanted from the UK to the US, where he met with an intense level of vitriol. Inspired by that campaign and aware of the lead Oliver and others had set, Bittman tapped the BBC for contacts with Oliver and fellow campaigner HF-W which Radio 4 then recorded. Continue reading