The Foods Of Love And Hate

Stories with a gastronomic flavour.


AR01Pigs In Blankets *20080804

By Shena Mackay, read by Hugh Bonneville.

Zac devises a special dinner for his idyllic village restaurant.

He is delighted to be entertaining a bunch of convivial friends but it seems that community spirit in the village is not all that it might be.

AR02Specialite Du Perigord *20080805

By EJ Patience.

In her youth, Madame Boisseau danced with Les Folies Bergere.

These days she pickles and bakes with her harvest of walnuts and provides gossip for the villagers.

Opinions differ as to the cause of her still-youthful looks.

Are they due to her well-water, her walnut-flavoured Pinot, or the steady stream of lovers who have climbed the path up the hill to her house over the years?

Read by Clare Higgins

AR03A Birthday Cockatrice *20080806

By Gerard Woodward, read by Helen Lederer.

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.

AR04Five Easy Ways With Chilli *20080807

By Scarlett Thomas

A young woman shares her knowledge of how to cook with chillis, illuminating her relationships with her lovers in the process.

Chillis are hot and passionate, but they also sting and can leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Read by Claire Skinner

AR05 LASTThe Chanterelles Of Ostvig *20080808

By Heidi Amsinck.

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.

Read by Geraldine James