If you are a cheese lover who has ever visited the Czech Republic you will probably already have heard of Olomoucke syrecky - famous semi-soft cheese cakes produced in the east of the country for centuries. Some would describe them as a culinary delight, others, as an acquired taste. Either way, they are a Czech pub staple and some say you haven't really lived till you've tried some.
After the fall of Communism, a previously unimaginable range of food and drink began to appear on shelves in the Czech Republic. People had the opportunity to eat well and to eat healthily. But recently - as Western trends catch on and fast food culture grows - experts say there has been a noticeable worsening of the average Czech diet. In this week's Panorama, Chris Jarrett takes a look at how the Czech diet has changed since 1989.
Exactly a month ago the American documentary "Super Size Me" opened in Prague. On the same day, a volunteer started a similar experiment to the one the film's director, Morgan Spurlock, went through. Instead of eating McDonald's food for a month like Morgan Spurlock did, the Czech "human guinea pig" volunteered to eat typical Czech pub food for thirty days to see what effect it was going to have on his health. On Wednesday night he presented the results of his experiment in a Prague cinema - and they were quite surprising.
This week in Mailbox we read from your answers to Radio Prague's November competition question and we announce the name of the winner. You will also find out the new question for December. We read from e-mails sent by Don Schumann, US; David Eldridge, UK; Arcadia Wylie, New Zealand; Andrew Dral, US; Mary Krenek, US; Mukesh Tekwani, India.
This Monday marks the 220th anniversary of the birth of one of the great daughters of the Czech nation. Magdalena Dobromila Rettigova was a woman of many talents and interests but today she is perhaps best-known for her famous cookery book, which can still be found on many a bookshelf in the Czech Republic.
Czech cuisine may not have the international reputation of its French, Italian or Japanese counterparts, but I wonder if that is just because it has not had the opportunity to flaunt itself on the international stage. While some may snigger, I have to admit that I quite enjoy Czech food, and I would be quite pleased to see my favourite Czech dishes readily available in London, New York, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.