Christopher Hirst is an award-winning food writer and freelance journalist.
06 December 2013 07:00 PM
The banality of evil, spoken in its own voice
04 December 2013 12:00 AM
Life of a royal rebel spiced up by secrets and scandals
29 November 2013 07:00 PM
Are you an anarchist or an acolyte in the way you use cookbooks? Two food experts who face each other across the Atlantic have radically differing recommendations. In One Good Dish (Artisan, £17.99), David Tanis, formerly head chef of the legendary California eatery Chez Panisse and now food columnist on The New York Times, selects his everyday favourites such as Spanish garbanzo bean stew, warm potato salad with peppers and onions or mussels on the half-shell with breadcrumbs and parsley (highly recommended). "I hope you don't follow these recipes slavishly," he concludes. "Improvisation and ad-libbing make life in the kitchen much more interesting."
23 November 2013 04:42 PM
Described as “hilarious and heart-warming”, this is a deeply weird book based on a US website that features anonymous postcard messages.
23 November 2013 04:41 PM
Fans of Hammer will relish its defence in this erudite survey, particularly against the insistence of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee that they had merely made “colourful fantasies”. In Forshaw’s view, Curse of Frankenstein is “deeply visceral”, while Dracula is “subversive… perfectly constructed”.
23 November 2013 04:40 PM
Even if the sexual activity of Gill was not widely known in 1931 when this classic work was first published, his repeated references to “love-making” might have suggested that his interests were not purely typographical. On the latter subject, he is authoritative: “Lettering is for us the Roman alphabet.”
23 November 2013 04:39 PM
This book starts with a bang, a very big one 13.82 billion years ago, when an object “roughly the size of a pea” transformed nothing into something.
23 November 2013 04:37 PM
The epic, entertaining drama of madness and its misdiagnosis
Queen cucina: Anna Del Conte - Britain's indisputable authority on Italian cooking - shares a few of her top tips
23 November 2013 12:00 AM
Spaghetti should never go with bolognese, and salad should be tossed 33 times in its dressing...
15 November 2013 07:00 PM
A polymath's keen rumination on utopias – with a generous helping of piffle
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year
- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader