Samuel Muston

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

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A lot of bottle: the Paris sommelier Xavier Thuizat

Peninsula Hotel Paris's chief sommelier Xavier Thuizat shares his tips for wine buyers

Choose with the season and dishes in mind, and keep an eye on temperature

The avocado has grown into a world-girdling culinary colossus

Our growing appetite for avocados is endangering their existence

Death and drought are two words you don't want to hear while eating a salad

Top table: Brasserie Zédel evokes Paris in the 1920s

Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King create venues that the gifted and glitzy flock to

The duo's restaurants - which include The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and Brasserie Zédel - look to their customers, not their chefs

Cheap and cheerful: Spam sales rise when times are hard

Is Spam about to have a fashion moment?

Spam producer Hormel has launched a SPAMERICAN! TOUR 2015 in a bid to make the mixture of pork, salt, water, sugar and starch cool

Airline food across the classes: Ever wondered what the other half are eating?

We look at the food offerings across the classes on two of the world's best airlines, and Samuel Muston looks at the turbulent history of mile-high dining
Bright idea: the club’s colourful interiors

The Hospital Club, Covent Garden: Room service

The place is so large that you can hide yourself away if you can’t stand any more air kissing and 'my darling'-ing

Dom Pérignon will occupy a central London townhouse, with its three floors given over to three different maturities (the new 2005 vintage, along with 1998 and 1982)

Champagne's history is as rich as the people who drink it

An unusual combination of events made champagne what it is today

Here for the beer: the Carlsberg advertising stunt in Brick Lane, east London, drawing a crowd

Carlsberg billboard on Brick Lane features built-in pump that dispenses free beer

Samuel Muston explains why it pays to advertise shock-and-awe food

Breakfast of champions: Bloody Marys are a brunch staple

Brunch is the Macaulay Culkin of food - the meal that never reached its potential

Samuel Muston felt short-changed on a recent visit to a local aspirational Italian

Stallholders at Rosewood London Market

London's first weekly Slow Food market: Live the good life at the Rosewood London Hotel

Samuel Muston discovers a farmers' market with a philosophy

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy