Rick Stein Tastes the Blues

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 8.30pm, ABC1 Here’s a lit­tle known fact: apart from blue­ber­ries and some hor­ri­ble ar­ti­fi­cial colour­ings, there is no blue food. So when an ex­pe­ri­enced chef is in a pro­gram in which he tastes the blues, you can bet he is not talk­ing about con­sum­ing them. With­out ex­pla­na­tion our man opens the show driv­ing across the the Mis­sis­sippi River. Mis­sis­sippi is the most fer­tile place in Amer­ica and also one of the poor­est. Stein loves the mu­sic but is also fas­ci­nated by the much loved south­ern dishes in­grained in the lyrics of blues songs — corn bread, but­ter beans, black-eyed peas, fried chicken and turnip greens. They call it soul food and it is one of the vi­tal things peo­ple miss when they es­cape the delta. But let’s not get ahead of our­selves. Just check out Stein, circa 1963, with Bea­tles hair, in waist­coat, col­lar and tie, draped by a bass gui­tar he ap­pears to be play­ing. The thing is, he is play­ing it. Quite the com­pli­cated char­ac­ter, our Mr Stein.

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