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Pip and Nut Butter cookbook, recipes

Pippa Murray’s debut book is devoted to nut butter – hard to believe. After wanting a healthier option to peanut better, she shows you how to make your own and how to incorporate it into everyday meals

The 10 best power tools

DIY is one New Year's resolution that's not hard to keep. Make those changes and fixes to your home with the help of one of these handy bits of kit

Stuff and nonsense: The fashion for taxidermy is growing apace, but

Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become "uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking", saying it is "ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks". She thinks that young people are "glorifying or sexualising" dead animals.

The 10 Best knife sets

Even if your culinary skills are not quite Cordon Bleu, the right set of blades can make a big difference

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Gig review: Alela Diane, Tabernacle, London

Tonight comes with an odd sense of dislocation – the solo artist on stage bears the glow of a five-month pregnancy if not the bump, while singing mostly about heartbreak and separation. A lot has happened in the two years since Alela Diane's last album, the country-swinging Alela Diane & Wild Divine, notably divorce and engagement to a new feller. The north Californian has yet to reveal if this fiancée is another musician, something you wonder about as she takes the stage to perform solo.