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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.

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A taste of summer: In the first part of a seasonal celebration, Mark Hix serves up delicious starters and salads

Recently I was lucky enough to win a Guild of Food Writers Award for my book, British Seasonal Food, and this week and next we are celebrating by publishing some of the recipes here.

Spider crab on toast

Serves 4 as a snack

Hit & Run: Keep it in the family

If you were shocked by this week's pictures of Katie Price cavorting in Ibiza while her newly-estranged husband Peter Andre was left looking after their children, you ain't seen nothing yet. American reality television show Jon & Kate Plus 8 goes one better: take a couple, struggling to bring up a set of twins and sextuplets, throw alleged infidelity into the mix and a high profile separation, and you've got enough schadenfreude to fill gossip magazines for months.

Will we soon be tucking into mitten crabs fresh from the Thames?

Chinese mitten crabs are infesting Britain's waterways – yet in south-east Asia, they're a delicacy. So shouldn't we be eating them? Richard Sharp goes fishing

So why don't MPs claim for lunch?

From 13p staple removers to £500 mock-antique dressers, there are few items that cannot be found among the thousands of claims made by Britain's MPs over the past five years. But one item remains oddly absent: few ever seem to have paid for dinner.

Kuniyoshi, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Kuniyoshi's highly stylised prints capture Japan's changes during a tumultuous period in its history

Crab curry

Serves 2-4

Net profits: Mark Hix's sensational fish main courses

When we eat fish, we tend not to like messing about with bones and shells and bits. But a whole grilled or baked fish is an absolute joy to tuck into; most fish benefit from being cooked on the bone, especially when they are stuffed with fresh herbs. Fishmongers do a lot more filleting than is necessary.

Bibendum retains the quality, discretion and eye-watering prices it had when it opened in 1987

Bibendum, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, tel: 020 7581 5817

Chicken tikka lasagne: Fusion or bizarre?

Brazilian sushi? Italian black pudding? Melding cuisines is tricky – and the results aren't always in the best possible taste, says John Walsh

New Year's toast: Mark Hix celebrates Hogmanay with delicious, easy-to-prepare canapés

It's always a scramble to get everyone fed on New Year's Eve as well as having a good night yourself. I cooked a dinner for friends at their top-floor apartment next to the Tate Modern for the millennium celebrations. Mark Edwards and I created a luxury dinner with several courses, from white truffle risotto to baked sturgeon. We tried to pace ourselves, but our culinary skills deteriorated as the evening progressed. It's far easier to make some substantial snacks beforehand. Canapés don't have to be tricky and most would be happy with sausages dunked into mustard mash or homemade fish fingers and tartare sauce.

Crab thermidor tarts

Serves 10
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