We are all foodies now – yet how much do we really know about what we eat? Journalist and broadcaster Sheila Dillon joins food writer Bee Wilson to discuss what, and how, we eat nowadays, and to assess the impact – societal, environmental, cultural – of our food choices.
Sheila Dillon is an award-winning investigative journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’ s the Food Programme. During her 20 plus years at the programme’s helm she has investigated major food issues including BSE, GM food, the fishing industry and the organic movement.
Food writer, journalist and historian Bee Wilson is described by Yotam Ottolengi as the ultimate food scholar. Wilson’s 2016 book First Bite blended science, history and memoir to explore our relationship with food: ‘a fascinating, at times provocative, investigation into how and why we eat what we do, how food can be both medicine and poison, and a call-to-arms manifesto to make eating guiltlessly pleasurable for all’ - Nigella Wilson.
Lady Caroline Cranbrook
Lady Caroline has farmed and lived in Suffolk since 1970 and is married to the Earl of Cranbrook, the tropical biologist who has made a life-long study of the Bornean swiftlets which make the nests from which birds-nest soup is made. She is president and co-founder of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival and a campaigner for local food producers and the local food chain. Lady Caroline was the BBC Radio 4 Food Programmer joint campaigner of the year in 2009 and awarded the OBE for services to the red meat industry for the successful campaign she led to stop the closure of small abattoirs. She was also The Oldie Magazine Campaigner of the year.