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The Full English


Season 1, Ep. 1

What is English food? And what is England? Looking at the English breakfast can tell us something about the character of England and how the country acquired a bad reputation when it comes to food.

Featuring: David Edgerton, Kaori O'Connor, Ben Rogers, Paul Freedman and Rowley Leigh

Music by Forest DLG. Hosted and produced by Lewis Bassett. Sign up on Patreon for extra content and to support the show.

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