BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: Loaves and Wishes: Writers Writing on Food - ed Antonia Till: Virago / Oxfam, pounds 7.99

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In this anthology in aid of the 50th anniversary of Oxfam, women writers muse on food: their memories, associations, loves and hates, anxieties and recommendations. It's an adventurous range: an extract from Virginia Woolf; a super-subtle Japanese concoction; Sara Maitland on the kitchen as the feminists' Gulag; a toothsome fantasy from Marina Warner, whose recipe reads: 'Take fresh fruit in season. Squeeze.'