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The province of Lopburi, 150km north-east of Bangkok, is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun its Old Town – including the 13th-century temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot.

Broad bean, spider crab and chilli salad

Broad bean, spider crab and chilli salad

Serves 4

Burger-gate: 6 things it would have been weirder for George Osborne to eat than a Byron burger

Osborne's choice of a £10 takeaway Byron burger has caused a stir, with the Chancellor being quizzed on Radio 4 this morning over his "posh" tastes.

Heaven and shell: spider, Mudeford and brown crabs at the Jetty Restaurant at Mudeford in Dorset

Heaven in a shell: Crab meat is enjoying a much-deserved renaissance

The crustacean might be fiddly to prepare and less flashy than lobster, but it’s also sweeter, more delicately flavoured – and perfect for enjoying right now.

Crab and sea vegetable fritters

Crab and sea vegetable fritters

Serves 4

Dressed crab

Mark Hix

Crab and asparagus broth

Crab and asparagus broth

Serves 4-6

Tomatoes and crab on toast

Tomatoes and crab on toast

Serves 4

Grilled courgettes with crab and chilli

Grilled courgettes with crab and chilli

Serves 4

Kiln-smoked trout with horseradish and cucumber

The King's Arms, Chapel Street, Georgeham, Devon

Amol Rajan seeks out a treasure of a village pub in the South-West.

Review: Allium, Best Western Abbey Hotel, North Parade, Bath

The spices on the quail left my tastebuds buzzing like hornets

Video: Thousands of prawns wash up on beach in Chile

Fishermen blame a local power plant for heating the sea water

My life in travel: Anthony Horowitz

'It's about everyday life, not monuments'

After abandoning his first kitchen apprenticeship at 14, Eric decided he definitely did not want to be a chef

Eric Chavot: My life in food

After abandoning his first kitchen apprenticeship at 14, Eric decided he definitely did not want to be a chef. Offered another chance at White’s Hotel in Bayswater, he took it and has seldom been out of the kitchen since. He has worked in some of Britain’s best kitchens including those at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, La Tante Claire and Marco Pierre White’s The Restaurant. After earning two Michelin stars at The Capital, he is to open a new restaurant, Brasserie Chavot, at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair next week.

Oddest Book Title of the Year: What have pigeon lofts, goblinproofing, Hitler and penises got in common?

Forget the Oscars – the real contest this awards season is between pigeon lofts, tea cosies and pencil sharpeners.

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