Susie Mesure

Susie Mesure writes interviews, news and features for the Independent on Sunday, Independent and i, and has done for the last ten years or so give or take two lengthy maternity leaves. She is interested in just about any topic, especially anything Scandinavian, food, or consumer-orientated, and used to be the Independent’s Retail Correspondent

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Ottolenghi was born in Israel

Yotam Ottolenghi interview: ‘Getting stressed about food? It’s a waste of time!’

The Israeli-born chef, author and gay dad, tells Susie Mesure why cooks should really forget about impressing others

Orchestral manoeuvres: Sir Neville Marrine

Sir Neville Marriner, conductor: I’ll just die on the podium, with any luck

The 90-year-old tells Susie Mesure why he’ll never retire, and why parents are to blame for Britain’s lack of virtuoso players

She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry

A comparison of the two t-shirts

Marks and Spencer accused of 'ripping off' pyjama design by Tootsa MacGinty

Retailer dragged into copycat design row over one of Tootsa MacGinty's most popular items of clothing
Seoul singer G-Dragon could lead the invasion as South Korea has its sights set on Western markets

Move over, Psy! Here comes G-Dragon style

South Korea has its sights set on Western markets for its popular culture, and Gangnam Style was just the start
It insults artists to think children can fathom complex work, says Chapman

A gallery visit? Leave the children at home, says top artist

Jake Chapman claims parents are 'arrogant' for thinking children can understand complex artwork
Softened? Not really, says Jake Chapman

Jake Chapman: 'I'd draw the line at a Hitler's dog tattoo'

One half of art's bad-boy brother duo is famously disdainful of middle-class 'good taste,' but even he has his limits
Elle Kaye demonstrates the art of taxidermy

'Edible taxidermy' masterclasses see food revolution taken a step further

Participants shown how to 'reconstruct' a rabbit, before a chef turns the edible parts into a feast for everyone to share once they're done

Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Chefs are reinventing the age-old process for a new era by being more adventurous in their choice of ingredients

Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
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