Joanna Blythman

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Joanna Blythman
Notable worksShopped: The Shocking Power Of British Supermarkets
Notable awardsGlenfiddich Food & Drink Awards
2005 Best Food BookShopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets[1]

Joanna Blythman (born 1956) is a British investigative food journalist and writer and a commentator on the British food chain who has covered subjects including salmon farming, supermarkets, intensive pineapple production, bird flu and the causes of obesity.[2][3]

Blythman was born in Springburn in Glasgow, the daughter of socialist campaigner and Scottish republican songwriter Morris Blythman.[4]

As of 2006, she has won five Glenfiddich Awards for her writing, including a Glenfiddich Special Award for her first book, The Food We Eat, and the Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year Award in 2005 for Shopped, as well as a Caroline Walker Media Award for Improving the Nation's Health by Means of Good Food, and a Guild of Food Writers Award for The Food We Eat. In 2004, she won the Derek Cooper Award, one of BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards. In 2007 she was awarded the Good Housekeeping award for Outstanding Contribution to Food.[5] She has also written two other books, How to Avoid GM Food and The Food Our Children Eat.[6]

She broadcasts frequently on food issues (Tonight, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, The Money Programme, Dispatches, Time Shift and on Radio 4 The Food Programme and Woman's Hour). She writes a weekly restaurant review and an opinion column for The Sunday Herald, and has contributed to a number of other newspapers and magazines, including Observer Food Monthly, Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC Countryfile magazine, Olive magazine, The Oldie and The Grocer.

Her most recent books are What To Eat (2012) and Swallow This (2015).


  • The Food We Eat: The Book You Cannot Afford to Ignore (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books. 1998. ISBN 978-0-718-13912-4.
  • The Food Our Children Eat: How to Get Children to Like Good Food. London: Fourth Estate. 1999. ISBN 978-1-857-02936-9.
  • How to Avoid GM Food: Hundreds of Brands, Products and Ingredients to Avoid. London: Fourth Estate. 1999. ISBN 978-1-841-15187-8.
  • Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets. London: Fourth Estate. 2004. ISBN 978-0-007-15803-4.
  • Bad Food Britain: How a Nation Ruined Its Appetite. London: Fourth Estate. 2006. ISBN 978-0-007-21994-0.
  • What to Eat: Food That’s Good for Your Health, Pocket and Plate. London: Fourth Estate. 2012. ISBN 978-0-007-47646-6.
  • Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry's Darkest Secrets. London: Fourth Estate. 2015. ISBN 978-0-007-54833-0.


  1. ^ Simpson, Cameron (11 May 2005). "Glenfiddich dishes out food awards". The Herald. Glasgow. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Joanna Blythman". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ "You are what you eat". The Economist. London. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ Devine, Cate (3 March 2012). "Joanna Blythman: the critic of pure reason". Herald Scotland.
  5. ^ "About the author". Reach. 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Joanna Blythman". Times Out. Glasgow. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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