Christopher Hirst is an award-winning food writer and freelance journalist.
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
08 November 2013 07:00 PM
This impressive work shows how Stalinism crushed the life, pleasure and efficiency from Eastern Europe after the war.
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 1 Lucy Hawking: Stephen Hawking's daughter writes impassioned open letter to Katie Hopkins about rights of disabled people
- 2 #NotGuilty: Second Oxford student writes of brutal rape by two men who then threw her in a bin as part of campaign against victim blaming
- 3 Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
- 4 Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
- 5 How the language you speak changes your view of the world