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Welcome from the editor: stereotypes

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Welcome and thank you for joining me this weekend.

Stereotypes are fascinating, because they are equally truthful and untruthful and are often steeped in judgement.
The term can have positive and negative connotations and if there was a word that described the two sides of the same coin, that would be stereotype.

Food in the United Kingdom is often maligned. Bland, unimaginative and stodgy, a non-Brit would be at a loss to name more than a couple of traditional British dishes. And yet, some foods native to these wet isles are exported all over the world. Find out which and discover hard to pronounce delicacies in our feature Traditional British cuisine: a food map of the UK.

This week we look at the stereotypes surrounding foods those suffering from diabetes are allowed or not allowed to eat. And we smash them. Find out more in How to eat well with diabetes and enjoy good food with type 2.

Read all about the whisky stereotypes in The intoxicating history of whisky with Blair Bowman and find out why you might be heading to India or Japan rather than Scotland in search of it.

Stereotypes from the archives: think you can’t have a good night out without a strong drink? We dispel the myth in Sober fun: the history and rise of low and no alcohol drinks and social clubs.

And if cheap, or ‘poor’ food sounds tasteless, Peasant to posh: how ‘poor’ food has become a delicacy for the wealthy will change your mind.

One stereotype I get is that, being born and bred in Italy, I should be an amazing cook. I’m really not. False stereotype.
Another stereotype is that all Italians have a culinary wizard in the family called nonna. This one’s true – at least in my case. You can read about her and her magic gastronomy spells here.

Stereotypes, sometimes they are wrong, sometimes they are right.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,