Aside from the need to stay alive, why do we eat?




Save your appetites for this exploration of what it means to be hungry, and why we eat the things we do with our panel, including author, journalist and cook Ruby Tandoh, professional chef, blogger and food myth-buster Anthony Warner, and Laura Freeman, author of The Reading Cure. Chaired by BBC’s Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon.


Sheila Dillon has been a food journalist for almost three decades, beginning work as an editor and writer at the New York based magazine, Food Monitor. For 20 years she has worked on the BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. Her investigative work has won many awards including the Glaxo Science Prize, Caroline Walker award and several Glenfiddich Awards, most recently for her documentary on the history of the American meat industry.


Laura Freeman is a freelance writer and critic and writes for the Spectator, The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, TLS, Evening Standard, Slightly Foxed and Standpoint. She was shortlisted for Features Writer of the Year at the 2014 British Press Awards and is author of The Reading CureHow books restored my appetite.


Ruby Tandoh is an author and journalist who writes for, among others, The GuardianElleand Vice. A finalist on the 2013 Great British Bake Off, she has published three cookery books, CrumbFlavour and Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want. She blogs at rubyandthekitchen.co.uk.


Anthony Warner is a professional chef and writer. His book, The Angry Chef, based on his hugely popular blog is just out in paperback. A regular contributor to New Scientist and The Pool, his articles and blogs have been featured in The GuardianMail on Sunday and other publications. In 2017, he was named on the Telegraph's Food Power List of tastemakers changing the way we eat and drink.