Life and Style

Modern London is a city in turbulence, a cosmopolitan cauldron in which more things change than stay the same, where all the world comes to throw a tantrum, get rich through property and complain about schools. Its restaurant scene has generally kept up.

Carry on dining: seasonal indulgence continues

Food Miles: Planning a January detox? Time for a rethink ...

So you're about to gorge yourself on turkey and too much Christmas cheer. But that doesn't mean the party has to stop as the clock ticks over into New Year's Day. There are plenty of ways to extend the season of indulgence both in the UK and abroad.

Pierre Gagnaire

My Life in Food: Pierre Gagnaire

'Cooking is serious, but it's not war. The first principle should be kindness'

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

To serve 6

George Osborne has abandoned his plan to impose VAT on the Cornish pasty

Row set to hot up as Pasty Tax comes into force

The so-called “pasty tax” comes into force today amid warnings that it could tip struggling businesses “over the brink”.

Tom Aikens 43 Elystan Street, London SW3

It serves food that is the height of fashion, but will Tom Aikens pique interest – or anger?

Lynda La Plante: 'Part of the joy of being a novelist is going on book tours. I've been all over Australia - to Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane'

My life in travel: Lynda La Plante, novelist and screenwriter

'First class helps limit obstacles at the airport'

Redzepi says: 'There's something of the zeitgeist about Noma'

René Redzepi: 'If I wanted milk, my aunt went out and milked a cow'

I came to cooking randomly My best friend entered chef school and as I didn't know what to do, I followed him. I'd never cooked in my life until then. But when the teacher asked us to cook a plate of food, rather than thinking about girls, I started thinking, what is food to me, why do I like to eat? It was my first adult thought and I fell in love with cooking.

Parks act to protect deer food – but shoot them at night

Last week, it was Fenton the dog harassing deer in Richmond Park, London. Now the authorities are having to protect the deer from humans scavenging their food supply for conkers or to revive the Christmas tradition of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Lake Iseo: The perfect path along a sublime shore

The less-visited side of Italy's lake district is the ideal place for a not-too-strenuous walking holiday, says Linda Cookson

Rescue, By Anita Shreve

Since the publication of her 1998 novel, The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve's angst-ridden romances have never been far from the bestseller lists. After a novel set in the heat of East Africa, here she returns to her native New England with a stirring story of trauma room emergency and testing times.

Get ready for Summer!

Southern Ardèche: Our new fortnightly series of travellers' guides to holiday destinations begins in this charming part of France. Simone Kane reports

John Walsh: Who buys this sort of stuff? Not me

Generalisations about nationality are worthless. I've met plenty of extremely unpassionate Spaniards, several far-from-cowardly Italians and a few Welshmen who have no obvious tendencies to larceny. So I'm suspicious about the claim that the Office of National Statistics' annual update of the country's favourite purchases offers a true picture of the Real British. They keep a record of the 650-odd things on which we spend more than £400m, and claim that these goods and services somehow define us as a population. And if sales drop below a certain level, it means that we're just not like that any more.

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 36: Bûche de Noël

Ingredients to serve 6-8

Who needs turkey? There are plenty of other delicious ways to celebrate Christmas...

From spicy seafood to wintry vegetarian feasts.

Chestnut and chocolate pudding

Serves 8
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