BBC's Food Programme this Sunday

9 May 2013 by Jancis Robinson

You can listen to the Food Programme here, although you will have to be in the UK to access it. Other voices include the late Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Dan Jago of Tesco and Isabelle Legeron MW, protagonist of natural wines and the RAW wine fair next weekend where Julia, José and I will be presenting a wine tasting together for only the second time ever.

There is no end to boastfulness this week, I'm afraid (see The best sort of Beard). Not only was I touched to be made a Freeman Honoris Causa by the 650-year-old Vintners' Company in the City of London on Tuesday (the 27th ever and only the fourth woman, Baroness Thatcher having been the third) but I am also extremely honoured to be the sole subject of the 30-minute classic BBC Radio 4 Food Programme at 12.30 pm this Sunday 12 May (repeated at 3.30 pm Monday 13 May).

The award-winning Food Programme has been a staple of the BBC R4 schedule for years and has championed all sorts of worthwhile food- and drink-related issues as well as doling out annual awards to worthy producers and retailers of food.

But earlier this year they devoted a whole programme to Sir Paul McCartney and his (vegetarian) food interests. This made the producers realise that one person could fill a programme and they accordingly followed this up with a programme about the great Indian food writer (and much else besides) Madhur Jaffrey, a star of last weekend's Ballymaloe Food and Drink Literary Festival.

I was extremely surprised, then thrilled, to be invited to be the subject of their third single-person profile and recorded a long interview a week last Tuesday. I hope that if you do listen to it, you enjoy it.

Presumably A Life through Wine: Jancis Robinson will be available virtually for ever on the BBC iPlayer. 

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