Talking about anything around food
It may not contain wily aristocrats or superstitious peasants, but the true history of the potato is much more interesting.
24 min 26 sec
Rachel Roddy had no intention of producing an encyclopaedia of pasta. Her book is more informative than that, and more readable.
23 min 46 sec
A dish that is today an icon of Indian food dates back only to 1947, using an ingredient that became widespread only in the 1920s
21 min 3 sec
The story of perhaps the greatest transformation in the history of food and how it continues today
25 min 29 sec
"The cups might break, but the images recycle endlessly."
22 min 8 sec
India gained independence in 1947 with nationalist politicians promising food for all and an end to the rapacious imperial administration. What happened next?
30 min 47 sec
Diet for a Large Planet shows how the world is still living with free trade policies from the 19th century
28 min 26 sec
Jess Fanzo takes a close look at what’s wrong with global food systems and how it might be possible to change them.
28 min 30 sec
Green Saffron is a new kind of spice merchant, that cares as much about how its spices are grown as their taste.
25 min 56 sec
Coffee that tastes of light black tea — a good thing — and is able to cope with warmer climates.
18 min 57 sec
Skill and craft over automation, complexity over simplicity, and diversity over monoculture
27 min 36 sec
There’s one group of people that functional foods and superfoods can definitely help: the people who grow them.
24 min 54 sec
There may not be a recipe, but there’s always someone sitting behind your shoulder going tsk, tsk, tsk.
32 min 50 sec
Three billion people couldn’t afford a healthy diet even if they wanted to.
20 min 32 sec
These days, population is barely considered as a factor in food security. That doesn’t mean the problem is solved.
22 min 49 sec
Using land that could be used to feed people to feed animals is a terrible waste, but for today’s modern breeds it is absolutely essential.
26 min 6 sec
Emojipedia understands: 🍅 is both a fruit and a vegetable
14 min 59 sec
Is our excrement simply a waste product, to be dumped out of sight and out of mind? Or is it a valuable resource that we squander at our peril?
24 min 2 sec
Persuading people to drink tea from the subcontinent more or less created the modern propaganda machine
28 min 56 sec
The DNA of chickens, sheep and cattle tells slightly different stories about their domestication
22 min 40 sec
Her aunt’s gnocchi were enough to set Teresa Lust on a long and roundabout journey to learn more about Italian and Italian food.
22 min 23 sec
We know what whole grain means. Whole grain food? Not so much.
23 min 29 sec
Coffee leaf rust is bad, but at least in the short term it may not be the threat you think it is
28 min 27 sec
Food for settlers in New Zealand used to be mutton, mutton, mutton and potatoes or potatoes. Not any more.
18 min 2 sec
Chilli peppers took a few years to reach China after their initial encounter with Westerners, but rapidly became a very hot item.
30 min 2 sec
In Sierra Leone, a hunt for long lost species of coffee succeeds
20 min 57 sec
A brief look at the life of one of the first celebrity chefs
18 min 4 sec
Are there any universals about more complex kinds of gustatory taste? And how do we learn to talk about taste?
20 min 34 sec
Robert Walpole — like all great politicians — understood how to use his tipple to send a signal
21 min 9 sec
I know taste is entirely subjective. But I’m also willing to think about good taste and bad taste and even to use that as part of a value judgement. How about you?
16 min 5 sec
Norman Borlaug gave birth to the Green Revolution, with little thought for the unintended consequences of his work.
29 min 38 sec
Beyond the North Wind, the true heart of Russian Food
27 min 33 sec
A young Russian woman blogs her way through the only cookbook her grandmother knew -- and gets her own book out of it
20 min 15 sec
A food people don't like, and don't even know they need, turns their lives around
27 min 32 sec
It took more than a hundred years, but eventually the United States too developed a recognisable coffee culture.
16 min 22 sec
Espresso is the canonical coffee of Italy, even though the original espresso was something entirely different. How did espresso happen? And what happened when it got to England?
29 min 14 sec
With a bag of porridge oats in my baggage, I set off for Georgetown University and a date with science
9 min 39 sec
Unlike car sharing, when you buy a share in a cow, you are not free to drive her wherever you want. So what do you get?
18 min 41 sec
Vicky Bennison set out to record Italian grannies making pasta and along the way created terrifically watchable videos
24 min 49 sec
Mozambique used to be the world's largest supplier of cashew nuts. Then along came the World Bank, to help.
18 min 20 sec
Capuchin monkeys are resourceful and smart, which helps them to select a good diet from all the potential food around them.
31 min 13 sec
You can't judge a book by its cover. 50 Ways to Cook a Carrot is not really about carrots.
20 min 4 sec
How did porridge go from a fine breakfast food, albeit one that's easily abused, to the stuff of foodie dreams?
21 min 2 sec
"All the intrigue of a murder mystery and all the painstaking, arduous pursuit of an archeological dig." For a radish.
16 min 49 sec
Alfredo sauce, made famous in the 1920s, dates back to at least 1390. That, and other surprises of food in the Eternal City.
24 min 49 sec
A downturn in the house-building business set Maurice Gilbert at Ballyhoura Artisan Food Park on the road to award-winning apple juices.
16 min 5 sec
Ignorance, paranoia and greed have damaged the olives of the Salento almost beyond recognition.
24 min 25 sec
We all deserve a break from time to time.
3 min 29 sec
Some people hate eating alone, others love it, but we all have to do it at times.
18 min 14 sec
From the first last supper to the resurrection roll.
34 min 39 sec