The Wartime Kitchen and Garden

This BBC2 series takes readers back to the days when Hitler's U-boats patrolled the Atlantic, and imported foods were scarce. For the men, woman and children left behind during World War II, life changed dramatically. People who had never gardened before had to start growing their own fruit and vegetables, housewives had to cope with rationing, and their families had to get used to unfamiliar foods such as spam and nettle soup. The book includes the personal memories of Ruth Mott and Harry Dodson (television's "Victorian" cook and gardener, respectively), as well as tales and anecdotes from many people who remember wartime cookery and "digging for victory".

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC Two (1993 - 1993)
Schedule: Fridays at 20:30 (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: Food War
Episodes ordered: 8 episodes

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Previous Episode

Episode 8

Episode 1x08; Dec 24, 1993

The final programme remembers 1945. Winter brought the worst fuel crisis of the war, so Ruth Mott uses a steamer and cooks rabbit, while Harry Dodson cultivates haricot beans.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x08: Episode 8Dec 24, 1993
1x07: Episode 7Dec 17, 1993
1x06: Episode 6Dec 10, 1993
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