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.

Deborah Ross: Tales from my father's footstool

If you ask me...

Hard graft, not stardom, awaits winner of 'MasterChef'

They're promised that victory will "change their lives" but the threat of MasterChef fatigue will hang over this week's winner, if history is any guide.

The Insider: How to maximise your flower power

Flowers always feel like a luxury – even the cheap ones – and, given that daring blooms come at daring prices, it would be nice to make more of them...

The Cookbook Collector, By Allegra Goodman

A sisters' story that's big enough to take on its literary forefathers

Charlotte Raven: In MasterChef Britain, the elevation of food has turned into a sickness

It is a form of psychic escapism. Taste is immaterial to the millions of addicts who are eating to alleviate the pain of existence

The £400 cookbook that blends technology with food

Billionaire former Microsoft engineer turns his mind to culinary science

Leading article: Hunger is the best sauce

Two of the great public appetites in modern Britain have been for celebrities and cook books. So Gwyneth Paltrow might be forgiven for thinking she is going to do well with her new tome in which the American actress outlines some of her favourite recipes and her general philosophy on food.

Fresh on the shelves: The best of the new cookbooks look good enough to eat

The best of the new cookbooks look good enough to eat – and their recipes are pretty inspirational, too

Pair are 'proud to be neo-Nazis'

Two men "made it their life's work" to spread racist messages and encourage others to help them achieve their goal of "the eradication of ethnic minorities from Britain", a court heard today.

Dylan Jones: 'I think I’m on safe ground when I say that I make the best potato salad in the world'

I gave up on celebrity cook books a long time ago, probably around the time that former Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker brought out 80 Nutritious and Calorie-counted Recipes (available still on Amazon – 41 used copies from £0.01). To be honest, just about the only celebrity recipe I've ever taken seriously is Randy Newman's "Primitive cheese sandwich". "Ingredients: three slices of English cheddar cheese, and two slices of white bread. Place cheese between bread slices, stacking carefully. I like to accompany the sandwich with a simple muscatel or, for a more formal luncheon, with a brisk shot or two of rye."

White supremacist jailed over chemical weapon

A white supremacist who became the first person to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon was jailed for 10 years today.

Mrs Seinfeld cleared of cookery copying

Jerry Seinfeld's wife did not copy a cookbook author when she released her own techniques for getting children to eat vegetables, a federal appeals court concluded yesterday.

Love Bites: Marital Skirmishes In The Kitchen, By Christopher Hirst

Since Christopher Hirst took Mrs H down the aisle, or register office corridor, the worldly goods with which he has endowed her have included literally hundreds of cookery books, including a volume which gives instructions for seabird guano soup. The three largest, one of which warns that its recipes should be attempted only by professionals with specialist equipment, between them totalled 2,137 massive pages. Even more than most recipe books, these contained many dishes which are never going to be cooked by its readers.

'White supremacist plotted terror acts'

A teenage white supremacist was behind a neo-Nazi group that wanted to overthrow the Government, a court heard today.

Pearson profits rise by 13% as FT publisher embraces digital future

Scardino rules out sale of Financial Times but offers no update on Interactive Data
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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