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Potts Dawson says: 'Understand the seasons. If you buy seasonal, you're lowering the distance food has to travel, which is good for the planet, you’ll be getting a more nutritional product and you'll be keeping your food costs down.'

Arthur Potts Dawson: 'I love fudge, but my teeth are wrecked because of it'

My earliest food memory... Making vanilla fudge with fresh cream from the cows on my friend's farm. Going over to his was a bit like The Good Life. They had geese as their security and crazy dogs and rams you had to battle at the front door. I still love fudge, but my teeth are wrecked because of it.

Kirsty Wark: 'Simon Hopkinson is great, especially the way he demystifies meat'

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Giorgio Locatelli is the chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli in London's Mayfair. His latest cookbook is Made in Sicily (Harper Collins, £30)

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Late for work this morning? Pressed snooze once too often? Not me. I was late because I was transfixed by the TV. Again.

The ingenuity of infomercials' ability to distract us

Late for work this morning? Pressed snooze once too often? Not me. I was late because I was transfixed by the TV. Again. I've always hated morning telly – too much noise, too many colours, too early – but having been burgled twice, I put the TV on when I go to work to fox future thieves. But it's not the news, or poor old Daybreak, that's been distracting me from my commute.

On the menu: Vietnamese baguettes, a cutting-edge cookbook, brandy, bangers and a smokin' kitchen tool

This week I've been eating... Vietnamese baguettes Banhi mi is one of the happier leftovers of French colonialism in South-east Asia. The weighty sandwiches combine the best of France (warm, crusty bread) with the best of Vietnam (spicy meat and lightly pickled veg), and are the stock-in-trade of Keu Deli on London's Old Street.

Don't look back in hunger: Musicians reveal their favourite foods in Rockstar Cookbook

Who would have thought that bad boy musician Noel Gallagher once had a Yorkshire Tea habit? Or that Razorlight partly chose to sign with Universal because the label took them out for a better dinner than their rivals? Both feature in Love Music Love Food – the Rockstar Cookbook, published in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Whether you're after tips on how to make spectacular salads or looking for recipes to guarantee a brilliant barbecue, you'll find them all in these tasty tomes.

Harriet Walker: 'I just don't want to be on kitchen duty'

As anyone who has ever gone on holiday will know, time spent away from the humdrum is directly proportional to time spent a) thinking obsessively about methods of self-improvement, and b) eating. Unfortunately, one has very little to do with the other.

The 10 best children's cookbooks

It's never too early to learn your way around a kitchen. If you're nurturing a budding Jamie or Nigella, here's where to find the best child-friendly recipes.

The 10 best vegetarian cookbooks

Eating meat-free meals is the most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint so – veggie or not – you've got no excuse for not embracing these recipes.

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From romantic riverside retreats to city parks and even London Zoo, Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket

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