Bad Food Britain: How A Nation Ruined Its Appetite Paperback – 2 Jul 2010
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'Wittily charts our wasteful, unhealthy eating habits.' Rose Prince, Telegraph
'Thought provoking and engaging.' BBC Good Food Magazine
'A gruesome portrait of national degradation…she composes this…with precision, contempt and a truthfulness that is recklessly unselfserving.' New Statesman
'A comprehensive denunciation of our food culture, from supermarkets and restaurants to TV chefs and cookery books.' Glasgow Herald
'Joanna Blythman's pleasurably splenetic tirade against the food industry.' Prospect Magazine
‘A stern warning, more effective then any government health campaign…an honest representation of a nation in crisis.’ Sunday Business Post
‘A book that anyone who cares about what they and the country eat should read, digest and act upon.' Sunday Times
Award-winning investigative food journalist, Joanne Blythman turns her attention to the current hot topic - the state of British food. What is it about the British and food? We just don't get it, do we? Britain is notorious worldwide for its bad food and increasingly corpulent population, but it's a habit we just can't seem to kick. Welcome to the country where recipe and diet books feature constantly in top 10 bestseller lists, but where the average meal takes only eight minutes to prepare and people spend more time watching celebrity chefs cooking on TV than doing any cooking themselves, the country where a dining room table is increasingly becoming an optional item of furniture. Welcome to the nation that is almost pathologically obsessed with the safety and provenance of food but which relies on factory-prepared ready meals for sustenance, eating four times more of them than any other country in Europe, the country that never has its greasy fingers out of a packet of crisps, consuming more than the rest of Europe put together.Welcome to the affluent land where children eat food that is more nutritionally impoverished than their counterparts in South African townships, the country where hospitals can sell fast-food burgers, but not home-baked cake, the G8 state where even the Prime Minister refuses to eat broccoli. Award-winning investigative food journalist Joanna Blythman takes us on an amusing, perceptive and subversive journey through Britain's contemporary food landscape, and traces the roots of our contemporary food troubles in deeply engrained ideas about class, modernity and progress. See all Product description
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Blythman skilfully compares our current food culture not only with contemporary European trends and American junk food, but also with our own history - we may have been less fat, and have cooked more and passed on vital culinary knowledge but, she argues, even fifty years ago we were favouring fatty traditional food and packet mixes over healthier meals cooked from scratch. The comparison of our eating habits and values with those of our European neighbours is devastating, particularly relating to family values around mealtimes and healthy eating, and the way school meals are approached here compared to France, for example.
Though the book doesn't try to beat the reader over the head and inspire them to turn their entire lifestyle around the way 'Shopped' does, it is still very relevant, thought-provoking, and extremely accessible. Perhaps despite our lack of a real British food culture, Blythman can offer some inspiration to us to try to eat fresher food, cook simple, wholesome dishes, and enjoy our meals instead of accepting our Bad Food and letting the decline continue!
Over all it highlights the state of a nation more so of a generation within that nation. Seems a little biased about English food culture, despite there being a large group of people who do enjoy food and the many diverse flavours, it unfortunately appears to be backed by a lot of research that suggests over all, as a nation, the majority seems oblivious to their poor food choices and the implications these choices have on their health and social wellbeing
The structure of the book is very repetitive. It's a manifesto, and so tnt same point is laboured.