Reference MAF 102/4
Title Kitchen front broadcasts. Part III
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 Canada, China, Denmark, France, India, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Soviet Union
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Merchant Navy


A file of radio broadcast scripts of the B.B.C. radio programme The Kitchen Front between January and December 1942. Subjects discussed in the file include the provision of ration books; the prices of commodity foods; the encouragement of the consumption of wholemeal bread; the issue of food shortages; the need to save food through the use of leftovers in dishes; and recipes for housewives including soups, pies, puddings, cakes, breakfast meals, Christmas dishes, substitute dishes, condiments, and foreign dishes from the Allied nations and the British Empire. Other subjects covered include the provision of nutritional foods for children, including special milk rations; the storage and preservation of food, including fruit; the growing of herbs and vegetables at home; and the need for adults to consume nutritional foods to maintain good health, including the consumption of fresh vegetables and the avoidance of excessive consumption of unhealthy foods.


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