Murphy's 'Cowboys and Indies' is a racy history of the record biz runs from 1853 to 2014
Can't face the endless peeling, chopping, stirring, basting and carving? Neither can Christopher Hirst. So pour a large one and relax...
Moyer-Nocchi's astute, lively subjects shred the golden historical halo around Italian foods
Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8TH (01572 756991)
Food porn? Perish the thought -these are just explanatory photos of extramural culinary procedures
65 Sands Lane, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire YO14 0LT (01723 447577)
No, I will not follow your 22-ingredient, 52-stage instructions to the letter, says Christopher Hirst
We all have them: exotic liqueurs bought on holiday that now live at the back of a kitchen cupboard. But could they actually be drinkable? The well-travelled Christopher Hirst breaks out the mixers
The main lesson from Eatymologies is never argue with an American etymologist
Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant reviewer Jonathan Gold has shrugged off his disguise. Christopher Hirst spills the beans
Silver Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire (01947 605383)
Jochen Peiper's mysterious death in 1976 provides the ignition point for Parker's fascinating research
Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Despite its in-built defect – the interdict on hesitation, repetition and deviation frustrates any but the briefest joke or anecdote – Just a Minute is a classic example of Radio 4's strange power. The chairman Nicholas Parsons, now, amazingly, in his 90th year, admits that the show "disregards the basic rules" for telling funny stories. "Instead, [its] success is based on improvisation and ad-libbing by bright, intelligent and witty people sparking off each other."
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Even a decade ago, this lively historical cruise round the ocean of gin would have been a publishing non-starter. Towards the end of the last century, London's traditional spirit – neutral alcohol re-distilled with various flavourings and spices known as "botanicals" – was approximately as fashionable as the celluloid collar and the Marcel wave. According to Williams, London Dry Gin was "associated with Betjeman's twee vision of England – of golf clubs, tennis matches and dinner parties". You still encounter red-nosed Sixties types, who, though far from averse to other mind-altering substances, find the very mention of gin to be repugnant.