Wise eating in wartime - from the Ministry of Food’s Kitchen Front Broadcasts, 1943 by mikeyashworth on Flickr.
Dr Charles Hill, known as the ‘Radio Doctor’, was one of the many methods of communication used by the Ministry of Food in the battle to keep Britain fed during the rigours of the Second World War. To make the best use of rationed food the Ministry issued leaflets, booklets and undertook radio broadcasts with the constant exhortation to not only make the best use of food, but also to ensure that the nation’s health was protected. Some would argue that in fact, due to the carefully controlled diet Britons ate during WW2 the nation has never been healthier than during the years of wartime austerity. Sadly, with peace in 1945, the worst was not yet over for British appetites - rationing got harder in the post-war years with rationing lasting nearly a decade after victory in 1945. This booklet, one of many MOF publications has cover in the style of Bawden along with numerous vignettes. Sadly no artist is given.