Rick Stein Tastes the Blues
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.