Chris van Tulleken Meets Pen Vogler | How To Academy


Tue, 9 January 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Chris van Tulleken Meets Pen Vogler

Good Food and Hard Times in Britain From Prehistory to the Present

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Join the BAFTA winning doctor Chris van Tulleken and renowned food historian Pen Vogler for the fascinating history of the people, the ideas and the dishes that have fed the nation.

How have people in the British Isles shared the riches from our fields, dairies, kitchens and seas, as well as those from around the world? And when the cupboard is bare, who steps up to the plate to feed the nation’s hungry children, soldiers at war or families in crisis?

Joining us live on stage in London, the BAFTA winning physician and author of the wildly acclaimed bestseller Ultra-Processed People joins food historian Pen Vogler to share the stories of the food and drink at the centre of social upheavals from prehistory to the present: from the medieval inns boosted by the plague through to the post-war supermarkets luring customers with strawberries.

And Chris and Pen won’t just look to history but explore inequalities around food, health, and power in Britain today. What problems do we have with food insecurity? Have we traded quality for quantity, and why do we eat so much Ultra-Processed Food? Why is there plenty of food on the supermarket shelves, while some people still go hungry?

Praise for the work of Pen Vogler:

‘Delicious… Wonderful’ – Guardian

‘Fascinating… Full of incident and food for thought’ – Mail on Sunday

‘A fact-stuffed romp through our edible history’ – Times

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Pen Vogler

Food historian, author and critic

Pen Vogler is the author of Dinner with Mr Darcy, Tea with Jane Austen, Dinner with Dickens and Christmas with Dickens. She writes and reviews on food history for the press, edited Penguin’s Great Food series and has recreated recipes from the past for BBC Television. She lives in north London.

Chris van Tulleken

Doctor and Broadcaster

Chris van Tulleken has a medical degree from Oxford and a PhD in molecular virology from UCL. He is a practicing infectious diseases doctor in the NHS and an associate professor at University College London, where his research focuses on how corporations affect human health, especially in the context of nutrition. He works closely with UNICEF and the World Health Organisation on infant nutrition. As one the UK’s leading science broadcasters, Chris has won two BAFTAs for his long-running CBBC series Operation Ouch, co-presented with his twin brother Xand.  Following his BBC One documentary ‘What Are We Feeding Our Kids?’ and the chart-topping podcast ‘A Thorough Examination – Addicted to Food’, Chris has become the UK’s go-to expert on UPF.