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Claudia Roden: My Life in Five Dishes

4/20/2018
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We meet the woman who’s been credited with revolutionising western attitudes to Middle Eastern and Jewish food. Claudia Roden talks to Emily Thomas about her life through five dishes, from a comfortable childhood in Cairo to exile in 1950s Britain. She explains how a longing for home led her to painstakingly collect recipes from across the Middle East, and how she turned them into classic cookbooks that have inspired generations of chefs. Plus, we hear Claudia's unique perspective on today's...

Duration:00:26:28

Claudia Roden: My Life in Five Dishes

4/19/2018
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We meet the woman who’s been credited with revolutionising western attitudes to Middle Eastern and Jewish food. Claudia Roden talks to Emily Thomas about her life through five dishes, from a comfortable childhood in Cairo to exile in 1950s Britain. She explains how a longing for home led her to painstakingly collect recipes from across the Middle East, and how she turned them into classic cookbooks that have inspired generations of chefs. Plus, we hear Claudia's unique perspective on today's...

Duration:00:27:06

Claudia Roden: My Life in 5 Dishes

4/18/2018
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We meet the woman who’s been credited with revolutionising western attitudes to Middle Eastern and Jewish food - Claudia Roden. She talks to Emily Thomas about her life through five dishes, from a comfortable childhood in Cairo to exile in 1950s Britain. She explains how a longing for home led her to painstakingly collect recipes from across the Middle East, and how she turned them into classic cookbooks that have inspired generations of chefs. Plus, we hear Claudia's unique perspective on...

Duration:00:27:24

Bonus Podcast: Death in Ice Valley

4/17/2018
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A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday. Search for Death in Ice Valley wherever you find your podcasts.

Duration:00:03:12

Food Confidential

4/11/2018
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Trade secrets are jealously guarded by the food industry – and confidentiality is becoming ever more important. The Food Chain is on a mission to find out why. Emily Thomas explores the best way is to protect a secret recipe, and finds out just how hard that is to do when thousands, even millions of people, have tried the dish. Plus, a so-called 'food hacker' recreates one of the world’s most iconic secret recipes, and a nose around a chocolate factory reveals the secrecy behind a good...

Duration:00:27:00

Eating Blockchain

4/4/2018
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*This is a repeat of a programme that first aired on 22nd February 2018 Blockchain technology has been heralded as the answer to a safer, fairer and more transparent food system. Many companies, from global food giants to start-ups, have begun to experiment with it. But can blockchain really disrupt the global food industry or is it just a gimmick? Emily Thomas meets some pioneers of this new technology, who explain why they think it will change the way we eat. (Picture: Light from broken...

Duration:00:27:11

A Poisonous Business

3/29/2018
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Food poisoning meets economics in this episode of the Food Chain. And it's a toxic mix. We'll explore how an outbreak can bring down a company, badly damage an industry and shine a light on social and economic inequalities and our globalising food system. Emily Thomas talks to a top food poisoning lawyer in the US, who has won more than $600 million for clients in foodborne-illness cases. And a former banker explains why a dodgy sandwich inspired him to quit his day job for the cause....

Duration:00:26:47

Do Not Feed the Animals

3/22/2018
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Food waste can have a huge impact on some wild animals, changing their diets and behaviours, and often bringing them into closer contact with humans. From sea birds to grizzly bears, we hear how this can create serious ecological imbalances, and often lead to conflict. Plus, we find out that our efforts to reduce food waste could have unintended, even devastating consequences, for both animals and people. But it’s not all bad news - we hear the remarkable story of what happens when our...

Duration:00:26:59

This Food Will Save Your Life*

3/7/2018
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Why are humans especially vulnerable to big promises about food? A neurologist explains why food can make us lose our powers of critical thinking even if we are well educated, and we meet some people who decided salvation lay in what they ate. Plus, the story of a woman who fooled hundreds of thousands of people - as well as vast corporations - into believing she’d cured brain cancer with her diet. Presenter: Emily Thomas *This is not a programme about a food that will save your life....

Duration:00:27:15

Eat Stay Love

2/28/2018
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Three women who fled the countries they were born in because of war or conflict tell us how food helped them rebuild their lives, explore family secrets, and reconnect with their cultures. Their lives are very different, but they all share a yearning to regain what they’ve lost through food. Emily Thomas talks to Razan Alsous, a Syrian refugee who has built a successful cheese business in the north of England; Cambodian-American Nite Yun who has used her cooking business to understand the...

Duration:00:26:52

The New Animals

2/14/2018
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The world’s very first genetically engineered animal for human consumption - a salmon - landed on Canadian dinner tables last year. It did not go by without controversy. Emily Thomas meets the company who created the fast-growing fish and ask why it took the best part of thirty years for it to make a slow swim from laboratory to plate. Plus, we gauge reaction from consumers and scientists and get to the heart of an emotive and controversial debate that has been raging for decades. Is...

Duration:00:26:50

The Pig Problem

2/7/2018
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A deadly and highly contagious disease is spreading across Europe's pig farms. African Swine Fever Virus doesn't harm humans, but once it infects domestic and wild pigs almost all of them die through internal bleeding within days. More than a million pigs are thought to have died as a result of the latest outbreak, devastating hundreds of farms and damaging exports. It's the first time the virus has ever hit Europe's pig farming heartland. With a vaccine still years off, and amid fears the...

Duration:00:26:14

The Food Pilgrims

1/31/2018
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Can you think of a food that you would travel across continents for? Emily Thomas meets people who have gone to extreme lengths for one special meal or ingredient. From a writer searching for a fruit in West Africa to better understand his ancestors, to a curry-lover who chartered a plane to deliver his favourite Indian takeaway. What is the difference between a food pilgrim and a food tourist, and what dangers might culinary travel bring? Plus, what happens when an entire country decides...

Duration:00:26:58

I Can't Taste!

1/24/2018
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If you couldn't taste your food, what would you eat? Would you even want to? Taste disorders are rare, but they can have devastating impacts on people's lives. They can also tell us a lot about our food. Emily Thomas meets a cookery writer who says she wanted to die after a car accident robbed her of taste. But as the sense slowly returned she became a more experimental cook. And a man who hasn't been able to taste anything for five years, explains how it's changed his social life, and how...

Duration:00:26:58

Gordon Ramsay: My Life in 5 Dishes

1/17/2018
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Chef Gordon Ramsay is world-famous but, he tells us, people no longer want to talk about his food. The celebrity has become known as much for his cookery programmes, his fiery temper and explosive outbursts, as for his culinary skills. This week, the focus is back on the food, as Gordon speaks to Emily Thomas about the five most memorable meals he’s ever had and how they’ve shaped him as a chef - from his mother’s macaroni and cheese on a council estate in the West Midlands, to smuggled...

Duration:00:26:44

In Search of Wine's 'Holy Grail'

1/10/2018
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Wine has been getting more and more alcoholic in recent decades, driven by consumer tastes and climate change. This has big implications not only for public health, but also the quality of the bottle. But making a lower alcohol wine that is still full of flavour is extremely complicated, especially when growing grapes in rising temperatures – some have called it the profession’s Holy Grail. We meet those trying to solve the puzzle; a Chilean vineyard owner; a climate change and grape...

Duration:00:27:03

The Comedy of Food

1/3/2018
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Does food ever make you laugh out loud? We try to stand up the theory that food is getting funnier because modern diets make it a richer sauce of comedy. Comedy about food seems to have moved a long way from oddly shaped vegetables and Charlie Chaplin slipping on a banana skin, to something more nuanced. Now we seem to be laughing at the way we eat - with ever more comedy acts, TV programmes and YouTube videos poking fun at diet trends, restaurant customs and cookery shows. Has the way we...

Duration:00:27:01

Big Tech Wants Your Food Shop

12/27/2017
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Technology giants are gobbling up the online grocery market - and over the past year we’ve seen Amazon and Alibaba getting their teeth into bricks and mortar too. But do they want to transform the supermarket experience, or is this about harvesting even more consumer data? And what will all of this mean for farmers, your pocket, and the quality and sustainability of your food? Emily Thomas discusses with Brittain Ladd, a strategy, supply chain and logistics expert who formerly worked for...

Duration:00:26:28

Food Chain: The Quiz 2017

12/20/2017
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Have you ever wondered what to do with a watermelon outside the kitchen? Or how many hotdogs a person can eat in 10 minutes? It's time to find out with The Food Chain quiz. Get ready for some strange but wonderful food stories and play along with our two foodie teams of chefs, food writers and historians. Emily Thomas hosts this challenging and at times bizarre battle for the coveted wooden spoon. Rounds include: What Happens Next? What’s this Sound? And back by popular demand …. The Lucky...

Duration:00:26:28

How to Make a Farmer

12/13/2017
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Fancy a career change? If you're not doing it already, what would it take to make you a farmer? Would smart technology, matchmaking websites or reality TV do it? In our second episode to explore the problem of the world’s ageing agricultural workers Emily Thomas hears about some innovative and surprising attempts to re-brand farming. Is education or technology the answer, does farming need a re-brand, OR is it just too hard for most farmers to make a living - and does the global food...

Duration:00:26:55

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