Local and Seasonal Food: The Spaghetti Harvest

It is important to remember that slow and local food is deeply embedded within traditional ways of life. One of the earliest and most important documentaries on local food and cultural practices was the famous 1957 Panorama documentary by cameraman Charles De Jaeger and producer David Wheeler on the Alpine spaghetti harvest. This classic was one of the first studies of the importance of climate (there was a really mild winter that year), culture and food, rolled into two minutes of cinematic history. Presenter Richard Dimbleby notes that ‘After picking, the spaghetti is laid out to dry in the warm, alpine sun’. ::Telegraph

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