It seems that a day doesn't go by at the moment on our TV screens without yet another food-related programme eating up the schedules. Served up for our consumption in the next seven days are all the big guns of cookery. Today we have James Martin's mid-morning Saturday Kitchen, followed by the first episode of Nigella Lawson's new series.
Hot on their tails next week are Jamie Oliver's American Food Revolution, Best Restaurant with Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef: The Professionals, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Every Day.
The viewers appetite for the world of food in all its wonderful dimensions shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon, and it is fair to say that all of the above programmes do not overlap too much in their agendas or styles to warrant a charge of overkill.
Food: What Goes In Your Basket? is one of the newest programmes on the block. Presented primarily by Jay Rayner and Ravinder Bhogal, it juggles with the tricky balance of being simultaneously informative and entertaining. In the main, it is relatively successful in achieving this. A recipe or two is served up by Ravinder in each episode, but the meat in the sandwich is the way in which a range of current food issues are covered, with the primary aim of making us as consumers more savvy and knowledgeable as shoppers.
Hot issues like food sustainability and fairtrade have been regular features to date. Food manufacturers and the main supermarkets have also found themselves under the microscope. Week by week the layers of mysticism of the food industry are being peeled back to reveal what influences what we eat, and what it is we are actually consuming. The tone is non-preachy, serving to merely present the facts as they appear in all matters food, allowing us to make make our own minds up as to how we best make use of the information delivered.