Foods Of Love And Hate

Five stories about food and the moods and passions it can generate.

“Introduced by vox-pops describing food in an unnervingly sensuous, almost erotic way, these tales of food, love and murder are an amuse bouche for the ear.” Radio Times


On learning of the existence ofNational-Pigs-in-a-Blanket-Day, Zac devises a special dinner for his idyllic village restaurant. He can’t wait to be entertaining a bunch of convivial friends but it seems that there isn’t such a great sense of community in the village after all…

Writer: Shena Mackay
Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Specialite Du Perigord

In her youth, Madame Boisseau danced with Les Folies Bergère. These days she pickles, patés and bakes with her harvest of walnuts and provides gossip for the villagers. Opinions differ as to the cause of her still-youthful looks: is it her well-water or her walnut-flavoured Pinot, or has it something to do with the steady stream of lovers who’ve climbed the hill-path to her house over the years?

Writer: E J Patience
Reader: Claire Higgins

A Birthday Cockatrice

Jodie’s divorced parents come together for her seventh birthday party, but weird things start happening when the specially cooked cockatrice comes out of the oven.

Writer: Gerard Woodward
Reader: Helen Lederer

Five Easy Ways With Chilli

A young woman shares her knowledge of how to cook with chillis and in the process illuminates her relationships with her lovers. Chillis are hot and passionate but they also sting and can leave a bad taste in the mouth…

Writer: Scarlett Thomas
Reader: Claire Skinner

The Chanterelles Of Ostvig

Gudrun Holm has only days to live. She must pass on what she knows about her beloved chanterelles before she dies – but to whom? In the depths of a Danish forest, she may have found the answer.

Writer: Heidi Amsinck
Reader: Geraldine James

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 4th-8th August 2008 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Rosalynd Ward
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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