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The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.

The Food Chain BBC

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    • 5.0 • 2 valoraciones

The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.

    The arctic eating adventure

    The arctic eating adventure

    When the only road into her town was blocked by a landslide, documentary filmmaker Suzanne Crocker was shocked by how quickly supermarket shelves went bare. It set her mind racing; would her remote Canadian town - just 300km from the Arctic circle - be capable of sustaining itself? She decided to undertake a radical experiment: an entire year of eating 100% local. Emily Thomas hears how she grew, hunted, foraged and negotiated her way through the seasons with a cupboard bare of salt, sugar and caffeine. How did she persuade three hungry teenagers to come on board, and what did a year of eating local do to family dynamics?

    Suzanne’s film about the experience is available on FirstWeEat.ca until 1 February 2021.

    If you would like to get in touch with The Food Chain please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    (Picture: The Crocker family: Credit: Suzanne Crocker/BBC)

    • 30 min
    Yotam Ottolenghi: My life in five dishes

    Yotam Ottolenghi: My life in five dishes

    The influential Israeli-born, UK-based chef tells his life story through some of his most memorable dishes.

    Often credited with bringing Middle Eastern food into the mainstream in the UK, he now has a string of restaurants and delicatessens behind him, along with several best-selling cookbooks, but he was a late starter in the kitchen - almost pursuing a career in philosophy instead.

    He tells Emily Thomas about his youth in the vibrant and diverse Jerusalem of the 1970s, coming out as gay in Tel Aviv, and the huge impact of his younger brother’s death.

    Usually reluctant to delve into politics, Yotam also explains why he’s decided to speak out in support of his industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Producers: Simon Tulett, Siobhan O'Connell and Sarah Stolarz

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    (Picture: Yotam Ottolenghi. Credit: David Loftus/BBC)

    • 31 min
    Too many cookbooks?

    Too many cookbooks?

    Many of us love cookbooks. For some, they are a useful tool, and for others a source of inspiration. But then there are those for whom they are a whole lot more.

    Emily Thomas meets two people who are obsessed with cookbooks, collecting thousands of copies, and building emotional connections with each of them.

    Irish food writer Diana Henry explains how books can become soulmates, and Californian chef Cindy Pawlcyn describes how it feels to have a collection built over decades, destroyed overnight.

    If you would like to get in touch with the show, please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    (Picture: Pile of books. Credit: Getty/BBC)

    • 26 min
    What's food got to do with destiny?

    What's food got to do with destiny?

    What is it about garlic that wards off the evil eye? Why is rice sometimes thrown over the happy couple at a wedding?

    The way we grow, eat and use certain foods is said to bring us luck - good or bad - but why do we imbue them with these mystical powers, and why do these beliefs persist?

    Tamasin Ford explores some of the most common and also unusual food superstitions practiced around the world.

    Producers: Simon Tulett and Sarah Stolarz

    (Picture: Two hands pulling a wishbone. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

    Contributors:

    Jayanti 'Jonty' Rajagopalan, owner of Detours India, Hyderabad;
    Mae Azango, journalist with FrontPage Africa, Liberia;
    Tasha Marks, food historian, London.

    • 27 min
    Lockdown food fails

    Lockdown food fails

    Coronavirus shutdowns have seen many more people step into the kitchen to cook for themselves this year.

    Whilst some have boasted about the joy, comfort and delectable dishes they’ve discovered, it was the food failures that really went viral.

    Three amateur cooks tell Tamasin Ford about their epic kitchen catastrophes and the valuable lessons failure taught them about food, and themselves.

    Producers: Simon Tulett and Sarah Stolarz

    (Picture: A woman looking at burnt cakes in the oven. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

    Contributors:

    Ngo Thi Viet Anh;
    Heidi Allen;
    Dan Nash

    • 27 min
    Sourdough love stories

    Sourdough love stories

    A spongy collection of flour, water, wild yeasts and bacteria may seem an unlikely object of affection, but some sourdough starters are truly cherished, and can even become part of the family.

    Emily Thomas hears how one starter has been used to bake bread in the same family since the Canadian gold rush more than 120 years ago, and speaks to a man trying to preserve sourdough diversity and heritage by running the world's only library dedicated to starter cultures.

    And a German baker, whose starter has survived Nazism and communism, reveals the commercial demands of maintaining it and why old ‘mothers’ (as sourdough starters are known) hold a powerful lesson for us all in nurturing living things.

    Producers: Simon Tulett and Sarah Stolarz

    (Picture: A woman holding bread. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

    Contributors:

    Ione Christensen;
    Karl de Smedt, Puratos;
    Christoph Hatscher, Bäckerei & Konditorei Hatscher

    • 28 min

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Easy and informative

Really cool and informative podcast. It shows issues related with food that ranges from climate change, politics, culture and more.

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