He told the Newcastle-based Evening Chronicle:
“I want to hear from as many people as possible about how they coped during the ration period.The serious point, as Jonathan says, is that if food is going to become more expensive then we are going to have to learn to be far less wasteful.
“I also want to hear how they made their meagre rations more interesting, and I would like them to send me recipes as I’m planning to go on a ration book diet to see what it was like for myself.
“I would love to try some of the recipes people send me,” he added.
“I’ve also bought a wartime recipe book for Spam. It has over 100 recipes.”