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ECLECTICIST: Scottish Cuisine

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Broadcast: 3rd April, 2016

Last update: 2nd April, 2016

Published: 9th April, 2016

Introduction

Topic Overview

Jings, crivens, help ma' boab have we got a braw topic for ye, Jimmy. If we were to reduce a country down to a few specific food items, Scotland would be ‘haggis’, ‘porridge’  and ‘mutton’. There are probably others and we may mention them in the show. ‘Shortbread’ is another. References to Scottish cuisine in the media will almost certainly be derisory; often for comic effect. The natives’ penchant for deep frying is a particularly familiar canard, but there is a serious tone when talking about Scotland’s habit of combining a terrible diet with their tradition of getting dangerously drunk all the time. The BBC reports that ‘Scottish mortality rates among working age men and women have been the worst in Western Europe since the late 1970s’. But maybe it’s worth it though.

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ScotPHO Scottish Public Health Observatory