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Saturday 21st September 2019
Joanna Blythman

Joanna Blythman

Joanna Blythman is an award-winning investigative journalist, the author of seven landmark books on food issues, and one of the most authoritative, influential commentators on the British food chain. A great believer in basing your diet on whole, unprocessed food that you cook yourself, Joanna is a passionate supporter of independent shops, markets and similar non-supermarket outlets. Guild of Food Writers Food Writer of the Year 2018.

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Don’t fall for the “new season” food fad

With March and April nearly behind us, we’ve survived the “hungry gap”, that hiatus between winter and spring when UK-grown produce is most limited and least interesting. Yet we’ve done the winter food thing and we’re looking forward impatiently to full-throated spring and summer. As in mainland Europe, where the arrival of spring is celebrated…

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Think “small plates” equal small prices? Think again!

As part of the revolt against three-course meals, lots of restaurants have miniaturised their menus in the form of “small plates”. Unlike the French and the Italians, who still make time for languorous, multi-course eating occasions, fewer Brits believe that they have time for the relative formality of more conventional meals. That’s why small plates,…

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“I admit it, those annoying bulk buyers were right all along”

I never used to understand people who bought groceries in bulk, those “savvy shoppers” whose spare room or garage – yes, they all live in roomy homes – was stacked high with tinned tomatoes, tuna and toilet roll. They all owned cars, naturally, so the prospect of lugging back heavy shopping on the bus didn’t…

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Get ready for the Great Valentine’s Day Rip-off

It’s restaurateurs, not lovers, who should claim Saint Valentine as their patron saint. His titular day is an annual gift to them and the entire catering trade. Outside London, the reality is that most restaurants are short of customers for large parts of the year, a status quo punctuated by seasonal bursts of activity. Christmas,…

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How vegan evangelists are propping up the ultra-processed food industry

Ultra-processing hands food manufacturers a licence to print money. Take potatoes. There’s only so much you could charge for them in their natural form, even if you were to market them as exclusive heirloom varieties, hand polished in mineral water by virgins. But transform them into crisps, or microwaveable chips, and the sky’s the limit.…

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January is a bad month to become a healthier you – here’s why

It’s January again, the month of food angst, apathy, and opportunism. We’re carrying more weight than we’d like. Dark days and seasonal illness make us sluggish. Dreaded tax returns and bills beckon. And this miscellany of midwinter delights is underpinned by an all too familiar new year reality: January is a very long month, and…

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