Reference MAF 102/2
Title Kitchen front broadcasts. Part I
Former Department Reference FA/1064/2
Government Department Ministry of Food
Themes Rationing and Supply, Domestic Life, Information Services and Propaganda
Subthemes Agriculture and food supply, Rationing, licensing, and price control, Eating and cooking, News and information channels
Document Types Film and Broadcast Transcripts
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Eire, France, New Zealand, South Africa, United States of America
Organisations British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, Merchant Navy, Royal Air Force, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of radio broadcast scripts of the B.B.C. radio programme The Kitchen Front between June and December 1940. Subjects discussed in the file include the provision of ration books; the prices of commodity foods; buying advice for consumers, including shopping lists; the issue of food shortages; quick recipes for those in full-time employment; recipes for housewives including soups, pies, puddings, cakes, pastries, breakfast meals, Christmas dishes, and substitute dishes; and methods of saving food, fuel, and labour, including the encouragement of communal cooking. Other subjects covered include the National Milk Scheme for children and expectant mothers; the issues in food preparation caused by air-raids, such as reduced access to cooking facilities; the use of parts of animals and vegetables in cooking that were not ordinarily used prior to the war; the storage and preservation of food; and the use of herbs and spices.


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