Samuel Muston

Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He also writes a weekly food column

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Book cover for Annabel Pitcher's 'Ketchup Clouds'

Matt-touch book covers: a feast for your fingers

Are you a fondler? Or do you keep your hands to yourself in a bookshop? The question is seen as a vital one for publishers keen to preserve the traditional paper book. Why? Because a tactile, finger-friendly cover can often mean the difference between a strong seller and one that bombs at the tills, or so the thinking goes.

The new Reebok U-form+

Shrink-to-fit shoes – with help from your hairdryer

The new Reebok U-form+ are made of a synthetic mesh which form themselves to your foot

Courgette (or zucchini) flowers

On the menu: Courgette flowers; The King's Ginger; Hendrick's; Kusmi tea; Lindt chocolates

This week I've been eating... courgette flowers

The new advert for the first-class private suites being offered by Emirates Air

Emirates Air first class suites: A bit of razzle dazzle for club international fliers

Squint at the advert for the new first-class private suites on Emirates Air, and you could be forgiven for thinking that the last 40 years never happened.

A Pimm's picnic hamper

On the Menu: Pimm's Summer Garden; Heston Blumenthal; Urbani Tartufi; Asian Curry Awards

This week I went...to the Pimm's summer picnic

The victor, Gareth Evans (left) with writer Samuel Muston

Bottoms up at the mile-high cocktail contest

Contenders for the Diageo World Class Bartender contest had an added challenge this year: to shake up a drink that still tasted good in mid-air. Samuel Muston joined them on board.

Dan Aykroyd: 'I've eaten mac and cheese my whole life. Now I like it with spice and truffle oil'

My life in food: Dan Aykroyd

The actor has a sideline in wine and spirits and has produced his own vodka, Crystal Head, as part of a 50th anniversary Rolling Stones gift set.

The name of Greater Manchester's long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card has been announced

My Get Me There: Manchester scratches its head over ‘Get the heck out of here’ answer to London's Oyster card

The name of Greater Manchester’s long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card was announced yesterday. It is to be called – drum roll –  “My Get Me There”. And has, unsurprisingly, elicited a big fat “WHAT?” from Mancunians.

Dan Ackerman tweeted this picture from the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco

Queues: Silicon Valley and its men’s room problem

It’s a sight to cheer any woman who has suffered the ignominy of queuing for the loos at festivals and theatres as the chaps swan past in their droves, no line to hamper their call of nature.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice