Joanna Blythman is an award-winning food writer, investigative journalist and broadcaster. Author of six landmark books on food issues – including Shopped – the Shocking Power of British Supermarkets and What To Eat. She is well known for her regular features in The Guardian and is one of the most authoritative, influential commentators on the British food chain today. We are delighted that such a high-profile journalist is supporting our campaign and has agreed to be our Patron.
Joanna visited Sherborne on Saturday March 23rd to support our campaign and share with us her thoughts on food and supermarkets – it was a unique opportunity to meet the UK’s leading investigative food journalist and her book-signing event for her latest book ‘What To Eat’ was a sell-out!
Joanna has written about food for over two decades. She has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, including the Independent, Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, Sunday Herald, the Grocer, Scotland on Sunday, the Ecologist, Olive, Countryfile, The Oldie, Evening Standard, Country Living, Country Life and the New Statesman.
She broadcasts on food matters, on programmes such as Woman’s Hour, Farming Today, Newsnight, Tonight, BBC Breakfast and Today.
Joanna has won numerous awards for her articles and books, including five Glenfiddich Awards, a Caroline Walker Media Award for Improving the Nation’s Health by Means of Good Food, a Guild of Food Writers Award, a Derek Cooper Award – one of BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Award- and a Good Housekeeping award for her Outstanding Contribution to Food.
Joanna gets involved with creative and innovative food projects. She researched restaurants for Michael Winterbottom’s BBC2 series The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden and was a judge on Channel 4’s Iron Chef. She sits on the board of the Fife Diet, the pioneering local food experiment and is an advisor to Slow Food UK.
‘Joanna Blythman has one of the sanest food heads in the Western World – and this brilliant book encapsulates her admirably clear thinking in a wonderfully accessible, entertaining way. Everyone who cares what they eat and how they feed their family – that’s all of us, right? – should read it.’ Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
‘A rare book, practical, sensible, and passionate. Joanna Blythman writes with clarity, sanity and humanity. Anyone interested in food and cooking should read it.’ Matthew Fort
‘A succinct and badly needed encyclopaedia of facts and common sense on food and nutrition for which I am truly grateful. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book.’ Darina Allen