Life and Style Mellow yellow: a warming spoonful of polenta

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.

Stefan Bruderer was born in sight of the Lindt factory in Switzerland

My Life In Food: Stefan Bruderer, master chocolatier at Lindt

Stefan Bruderer was born in sight of the Lindt factory in Switzerland and subsequently carried out a three- year apprenticeship as a confectioner in Zurich before joining the company as a product developer.

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'

My earliest food memory...Being given Nutella on brown bread as a treat. But the dish that most reminds me of childhood is Queen of Puddings with fresh, home-made raspberry jam: it was a lovely thing my mum used to make.

Giorgio Locatelli: 'I would happily live off large Italian loaves for ever'

My Life In Food: Giorgio Locatelli

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)

Rebecca Armstrong: 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.

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.

10 best summer cookbooks

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.

The 50 best picnic spots

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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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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