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As part of its ongoing campaign against malnourishment around the world, Action Against Hunger is highlighting its work and fundraising with Action Against Hunger Week starting this Monday. 100 restaurants across the country are donating a proportion of their takings to the campaign. Participants include Green Street Seafood Café in Bath, which is giving half the cost of one particular dish, and the two Brazz restaurants in Exeter and Taunton with events ranging from a coffee-making demonstration to auctioning the chef's services for one night. The charity is also encouraging restaurants to hold Fortune Cookie lotteries. Order its GM free and vegetarian cookies and get more information about Action Against Hunger Week and details of participating restaurants from 020-7242 5665.

As part of its ongoing campaign against malnourishment around the world, Action Against Hunger is highlighting its work and fundraising with Action Against Hunger Week starting this Monday. 100 restaurants across the country are donating a proportion of their takings to the campaign. Participants include Green Street Seafood Café in Bath, which is giving half the cost of one particular dish, and the two Brazz restaurants in Exeter and Taunton with events ranging from a coffee-making demonstration to auctioning the chef's services for one night. The charity is also encouraging restaurants to hold Fortune Cookie lotteries. Order its GM free and vegetarian cookies and get more information about Action Against Hunger Week and details of participating restaurants from 020-7242 5665.

* Real Greek Food, the spanking new cookbook of The Real Greek restaurant in trendy Hoxton in east London, should do for Hellenic cuisine what Helen of Troy did for naval enterprise; it's a real beauty set to launch thousands of attempts at rediscovering Greek cooking at home. It pulls no punches in the authenticity department, although dishes are given contemporary zest by The Real Greek's chef Theodore Kyriakou. But the book omits Kokoretsi, the andouillette-like sausage of sheep's intestines, sweetbreads, lungs and heart. Modern Greek myth: the exiled King Constantine(who as far as anyone knows has not visited The Real Greek) missed kokoretsi so much he sent a cook back to Greece for the recipe. The secret the chef returned with is that the intestines should not be too clean as it inhibits the flavour. Kyriakou doesn't follow this piece of advice. Real Greek Food by Theodore Kyriakou and Charles Campion is published by Pavilion at £25.

* Abergavenny's food Fest starts next Friday (more information 01873 890163). Next weekend, from 10am-5pm in the Market Hall speciality foods from producers from the Marches are being sold, plus there are tastings of ciders, cheeses and apples. On Sunday, Anthony Worrall Thompson judges a children's cookery competition, and refreshments are provided by Franco Taruschio and The Walnut Tree Inn. On Saturday, Elizabeth Luard, whose glorious new book Saffron & Sunshine has just been published, will be drawing out local people's memories of cooking in Welsh farmhouses. Cult writer Harry Mathews will be reading his entertaining "longest and most extravagant recipe ever concocted" on Saturday and the weekend ends with a distinguished panel answering the audience's questions (tickets for these events 01873 850805).

* London's Food Film Fiesta continues today and tomorrow at The Tabernacle Arts Centre, Notting Hill W11. Book tickets on 01395 223400 or day passes through lastminute.com. Today's events include a demonstration of Turkish cuisine by Anissa Helou and Peter Gordon at 2.30pm, the Japanese film Kitchen at 4.30pm, and the premiÿre of Dirty Rice, based in South Louisiana, with Cajun music and food, and with an introduction by writer and director Pat Mire at 9pm. Tomorrow there's a discussion about food in film, an Italian cookery demonstration at 2.30pm and Hotel Splendide, set in an Italian spa hotel, showing at 9.10pm.

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