Reference MAF 102/7
Title Kitchen front broadcasts. Part VI
Former Department Reference FA/1064/2
Government Department Ministry of Food
Themes Domestic Life, Information Services and Propaganda, Rationing and Supply
Subthemes Eating and cooking, News and information channels, Agriculture and food supply, Rationing, licensing, and price control
Document Types Film and Broadcast Transcripts
Locations Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Huntingdonshire, India, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, United States of America
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Girl Guides, Ministry of Food


A file containing radio broadcast transcripts of the B.B.C. series Kitchen Front, covering the end of the war and the following months. Programmes transcribed in the file include recipes and cooking tips; advice from "The Food Doctor" on healthcare and nutrition; and a comedy on the culinary exploits of a grandmother and her granddaughter. Topics covered in the file include an explanation of post-war food shortages; tips for using replacement foods such as "household milk"; and information on different cooking methods. Other topics discussed include updates from the Ministry of Food, including a reassurance that Britain is not exporting all of its sugar to France; nutritional recommendations for pregnant women, children, and the elderly; information on how to care for and feed former prisoners of war; and a comparison of Britain's wartime and pre-war diets.


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