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“Food Laureates” – Are they off their trolley?

November 13th, 2009

I’m not a shopaholic – I don’t have a love affair with handbags and I’m not the Imelda Marcos of shoes.  But food is another matter.  Upmarket food halls are my idea of heaven on earth and although I probably shouldn’t admit this, I actually enjoy my weekly trip to the local supermarket.

Not being the faithful type, I go wherever the mood takes me but Morrisons caught my attention this week.  Apparently, they’ve appointed three “Food Laureates”!  Yes, you can visit their website and see rhyming recipes written by poets Ian McMillan, John Mole and Peter Sansom. The standard of verse won’t put Carol Ann Duffy on her mettle but it’s a quirky idea set up in conjunction with the Poetry Society.  I can’t really imagine myself reciting an ode at the same time as making a chicken tikka masala (that’s taking multi-tasking too far) but anything that gets people thinking more about either poetry or cooking can’t be a completely bad idea!

Next – your views on Oxfam Bookshops.  There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether they are just another group undermining small independents and traditional second-hand booksellers.  It’s possibly true but the choice is usually excellent, good pricing makes the books accessible to everyone and the money they raise for a worthy cause is not to be sniffed at.  And if they don’t take their share of the market… then the big supermarkets certainly will.

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m all in favour – but what do you think?

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