Christopher Hirst

Christopher Hirst is an award-winning food writer and freelance journalist.

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Photo realism: Christopher tries to make his food as pretty as a picture

Prue Leith is wrong, lavishly illustrated cook books are not 'food porn'

Food porn? Perish the thought -these are just explanatory photos of extramural culinary procedures

The Piebald Inn, restaurant review: 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse pie contains the world's hottest chilli'

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Christopher was asked to make the Black Forest gâteau from Heston Blumenthal's book In Search of Perfection - it was a big mistake

The anarchist's cookbook: What happened to straightforward recipes and improvisation?

No, I will not follow your 22-ingredient, 52-stage instructions to the letter, says Christopher Hirst

Duty-free booze: How to use up dodgy holiday spirits like ouzo, Aquavit, and Green Chartreuse

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

Forget complicated ingredients, many top chefs are returning to plainness on a plate

Restaurant food? It's complicated, thanks to show-off chefs, daft extras and too many ingredients. Christopher Hirst has had enough - plain fare is the sign of a really good cook
Bear necessities: artist Mary Ramsden has tried to recreate the smell of panda sex

I'm Here But You've Gone exhibition smells of pandas, pop stars - and an awful lot of sex

A new exhibition has invited artists to produce perfumes on themes ranging from holographic pop stars to panda sex. Christopher Hirst sniffs out the stories behind them

Eatymologies by William Sayers, book review: A guide to the nonsense foodies like to spout

The main lesson from Eatymologies is never argue with an American etymologist

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton, book review: Pies and prejudice

This gourmet guide is hard to stomach, says Christopher Hirst

Undercover food critics: How hard is it to remain anonymous?

Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant reviewer Jonathan Gold has shrugged off his disguise. Christopher Hirst spills the beans

Rusty Shears, restaurant review: 'Observing the afternoon tea crowd trickle in, we oozed contentment'

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