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Opening a new restaurant is often a quick way for rich people to lose money. It is a gamble opening your doors to the public, just like playing poker. But as with cards, there are ways to hedge your bets. The cautious restaurateur might tend towards well-worn concepts such as the burger joint, for instance, or the fried-chicken shop.

The Settler's Cookbook, By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Passionate, generous and articulate, Alibhai-Brown has one of the most distinctive voices in British journalism. This engaging book has these qualities in brimming quantity. Categorised as "Memoir/Food & Drink", it begins with mini-biographies of the author's cooking utensils – the colander made by Abdullah, the Indian wok made by "Mr Harry Belafonte the Third".

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Those who write memoirs know – the truth must be told

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watch out for in 2010

While 2010 will have its inevitable big-name blockbusters, there is a clutch of less-well-known titles coming in the new year that sound intriguing, if unlikely.

Best food books for Christmas

The bad news is that several cookbooks have made the jump to £30. Even worse news is that these big-ticket items include the year's most desirable titles. You could eat sublimely for a year using only Nigel Slater's Tender (Fourth Estate, £30). The king of comfort eating has discovered the vegetable patch and seems as adept there as in the kitchen. However, we can all enjoy his succulent prose, wise advice ("celeriac is one root that makes a sloppy mash and needs an equal amount of potato if it is to stand in a cloudlike mound") and sure ingenuity with 400 home-grown dishes ranging from an asparagus, broad bean and mint pilaf to lamb shanks with preserved lemon and swede.

Perfect pasta: Silver Spoon cookbook devotes volume to world's favourite comfort food

Fans of the classic Italian cookbook now have a volume devoted to spaghetti, fusilli and penne.

The ten best autumn cook books

Chosen by Jim Cook

Jamie Oliver takes on America's fast-food culture

Jamie Oliver has put the most unhealthy town in the US on a diet for a new show. So how do Americans view this chirpy interloper – and can they stomach his anti-obesity drive? The New York Times' Alex Witchel reports

Stand aside, Jamie. Here come the junior chefs

There's a revolution in the kitchen as a classic recipe book publishes a children's edition and cookery courses target two-year-olds

Boys 'planned Columbine anniversary massacre'

Court told teenagers intended killing spree at Manchester school

The ten best children's cookbooks

Chosen by Alex Richman

South of the border: Why Mexican food is now hot stuff

Nachos may be a fast-food favourite, but the subtler joys of real Mexican food have been harder to come by – until now.

Bites: Every blog has its day...

So, the blogosphere is up in arms over a new Food Blog Code of Ethics ( http://food ethics.wordpress.com), urging bloggers to "follow the rules of good journalism". Whether such a code is needed is moot, but one thing's for sure: food blogging is serious business.

Dom DeLuise dies at 75

Dom DeLuise, the US comic actor who gained fame on television and in movies such as "Blazing Saddles" and "Smokey and the Bandit II," has died at age 75.

Bites: All kidding firmly aside

Any parent who has tried to dine with a child hanging from their neck will know that eating and offspring don't mix. However, a number of eateries have cottoned on to the fact that a happy sprog makes for a happy parent and are looking for ways to occupy the inner foodie in children.

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