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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

Duck and green split pea soup

Duck and green split pea soup

Serves 4-6

Fearnley-Whittingstall (right) says: 'Neither of us are arguing for the world to go vegetarian - we're both enthusiastic carnivores. But we both believe that a huge global commodity market of cheap, filler fast food is a dangerous direction for the planet.'

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Harriet Walker: Winter food should be snuggly

I very nearly ordered a veal's head in Paris last weekend. I couldn't help it – I've been conditioned by so many trendy new London openings into thinking that eating out should be an experience akin to going to a theme park, with the point of ordering like the slow ascent up the initial climb, and the presentation of the dishes that heady, brief pause before you whoosh into the om-nom-nomming of stuffing your face, as if your mouth were bagged open on the descent by G-force.

The day the chickens came home to roost

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Who knew that Apple – the technology firm, not the record label – had its very own fifth Beatle? The Stu Sutcliffe to Steve Jobs's Lennon and Steve Wozniak's McCartney is Ronald Wayne, now 78 and living alone in a bungalow in Nevada from where he supplements his social security payments by selling stamps and old coins.

Jambonette of chicken with celery

Jambonette of chicken with celery

Serves 4

Boom in urban chicken-keepers may be harmful to birds

Urban chicken-keepers risk spreading diseases through their lack of knowledge of animal welfare regulations, research by the Royal Veterinary College has found.

A typical street restaurant in Bangkok, on the corner of the busy Yaowarat Road and Phadung Dao

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According to cookery writer Fuchsia Dunlop, chickens' feet is 'more gristly' than cartilage from a cow's throat

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Environment Secretary spots a gap in the market for 'phoenix claws'

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Obama gains with Cuban Americans, but effect on policy remains unclear

President Barack Obama won a historic share of Cuban American ballots in Florida this week, challenging the Republican Party's lock on a voting bloc that for decades has defined US policy toward Cuba and the Castro brothers.

Chicken and tarragon casserole by John Vincent and Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Chicken and tarragon casserole

Ingredients to serve 4-6

Braised pork with cider and curly kale

Braised pork with cider and curly kale

Serves 4

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Postcard from... Paris

Culinary pride is one of Paris's longest-standing and justifiable traditions. Derision of its British equivalent has proved slightly more perishable. Despite black pudding's failure to make an impact, British meats, Stilton, Cheddar and whisky have become rather popular.

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