The Times magazine printed an extract of my new book… You get a very different class of on-line commenter.
The Times (UK) Magazine, 28 September 2013: Should red meat carry a health warning? Alex Renton investigates the link between what we eat and the increased risk of diet-related cancers We’re hard-wired to eat meat: all we can get of it. Research shows that if you give a diet of unlimited meat to omnivorous animals, … Continue reading Red meat. The real killer?
Updated version of story published in the Times 28 March 2013 I can't imagine Easter without a slow-roast leg of lamb. As crucial as a Cadbury's Creme Egg. The tradition comes from the Old Testament, but this year there is a more contemporary reason to buy lamb: British sheep farmers need our support. After a season … Continue reading 3 good reasons to buy British lamb – so why ship it from New Zealand?
Extended version of my story "Tesco, not in our backyard", published in the Times 19 March 2013. Comments below. The lady from Tesco is having a horrible day. She’s driven from Bristol – leaving a sick toddler behind – to the little Dorset town of Sherborne where, frankly, almost everybody hates her. Her job is to sell the … Continue reading Tesco vs Sherborne – can the big guy afford to blink?
3rd November 2011, The Times His new book is tipped to be No 1 and a TV show (his 21st) is under way. Is Jamie Oliver the Elizabeth David of our time? When Jamie Oliver addressed the United Nations last month — not words I thought I’d ever write — I went to the end … Continue reading Jamie's great – or simply good?
I went to Armenia in April 2011 for Oxfam, the Times and the BBC. On The Culture Show BBC2, 28 October I told how that story was done, in words and pictures. Here's more from the trip: Food foraging in Armenia: an Audio Slideshow June 2011, BBC Online Churchill and Armenian brandy BBC Radio 4, From Our … Continue reading Food, hunger and happiness in Armenia
17th October 2011, The Times Dozens of the savings offered by Tesco in its “Big Price Drop” — the £500 million campaign that started a supermarket price war three weeks ago — are on foods that were sold only briefly at the higher price, research by The Times has shown. Huge advertising promotions this month … Continue reading The Truth about Tesco's not-so-big price drop
May 28th 2011, The Times Take 4 cow’s hooves and ankles and 1 brain (optional); boil for 32 hours (without seasoning); remove scum; gnaw bones. Haute cuisine, Armenia-style Khash, “the masterpiece of Armenian cuisine”, is always eaten early in the morning. “It is not wise to eat it late,” says our host, Shirak. “Khash is … Continue reading Is this the worst dish in food?
April 21st 2011, The Times When his six-year-old daughter, Lulu wrote a letter to God, Alex Renton did his best to get her an answer — with a little help from the Archbishop of Canterbury. M y daughter came home from primary school a few weeks ago and sat down to write a letter to … Continue reading A letter to God — and a reply from Lambeth