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Top of the range; stamp of approval; follow the herd; give me moonshine
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Top of the range

Top of the range

Now 'Troy' is in the can, Brad Pitt must have more time to cook on his built-to-order La Cornue '5-Etoile' Château range. Phil Collins has one in his Swiss chalet, and you can have one, made to your exact specifications, from £7,400 up to £15,500 for the swankiest Le Grand Palais 180. La Cornue cast-iron ranges are hand built in Paris, and have been since 1908, in almost any shade of porcelain enamel you fancy. Can't cook? Buy a cooker and you get a free three-day course at the Ritz-Escoffier School in Paris. La Cornue showroom, 88 Wigmore Street, London W1 (020-7224 3774); www.la-cornue.com

Stamp of approval

Stamp Collection snacks and foods come with the seal of approval and beaming face of wheat-and dairy-intolerant actor Terence Stamp. All goodies are produced to satisfy the longings normally denied to those suffering from food allergies and intolerances. The organic bread is made with barley, rye, rice, millet and maize instead of wheat, and with these panini rolls no one need be a stuffed roll short of a picnic again. From independent organic stores such as Fresh & Wild, or £1.09 from selected Sainsbury's. Visit www.buxtonfoods.com for further information and full stockists.

Follow the herd

Herdwick rare-breed sheep lead an enviable life roaming on the Borrowdale fells on a National Trust farm in Cumbria. Try the meat, including a Herdi-burger in situ at the Flock-In tearoom on Yew Tree Farm. Or buy a box of the meat that's as tender as lamb with a taste more like mutton direct from the farm. A box with half a leg, steaks, rack and sausages is £60 including delivery in an eco-friendly cardboard box insulated with fleece - not polystyrene - from 017687 77675; www.borrowdaleherdwick.co.uk

Give me moonshine

We're so over absinthe - moonshine is the latest, once-illicit liquor of choice. Ashbell McElveen, whose Soul Bar has just opened underneath his restaurant at 29 All Saints Road, London W11 (020-7221 8585), is causing a stir with the corn liquor that was banned during Prohibition. It's legal, but like any fruit cocktail, too many can be lethal.

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