Sport Chris Tremlett, James Anderson and Stuart Broad train as rain prevents any play again in Hobart

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It's no grind for a seasoned cook

I have been looking at the new Delia Smith cookery book and I am not surprised to find that it suffers from the same grievous fault as almost every other cookery book. In other words, it describes excellently the way Delia Smith cooks but it has almost nothing to do with the way that you or I cook.

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Letter: Don't knock Delia

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Delia runs wild in the bookshop

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BOOKS: bestsellers: hardback

1.The Rainmaker by John Grisham (Century, pounds 15.99)

A bit of boiled mutton for Bronze Age man

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1 Delia Smith's Summer Collection

The Independent on Sunday bestsellers list: In the lists

IF a book about a far-away government's domestic policy sounds an unlikely bestseller, consider Steven W Mosher's account of one Manchurian woman's rebellion against the brutal 'one couple, one child' rule in Maoist China. The secret, of course, is in the title: A Mother's Ordeal. What we hungry readers seem to crave, as these lists constantly remind us, is human drama, the intimate, intricate details of other people's lives. Biography now rivals fiction in popularity and, Yung Chang and Brian Keenan notwithstanding, we're often none too fussy about the quality: some reviewers found the John Arlott memoir decidedly limp, but that hasn't kept it from reaching the number one biography slot.

The Independent on Sunday Bestsellers List

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Penguin steak, curried sprouts and delicious krill

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FOOD & DRINK / Daily bread: What the Tranmere Rovers winger ate in one day

IT WAS the day after a game so I ate an exceptional amount. Breakfast was a composite thing of bran flakes, fresh chopped apples and bananas, nuts and raisins. I mix it myself. I have it with hot milk, then normal dull boring old tea. By one o'clock, after training, I'm always desperately hungry. I had six ounces of spaghetti topped with Marks & Spencer's bolognese sauce and a baker's roll with butter - I like butter. I weigh the spaghetti out because before I'd always make too much or too little and that annoyed me - six ounces is as much as I like. In the afternoon I went to Next cafe in Chester with my son Simon, who's two- and-a-half. I had tea and a kind of pastry thing with cream in it. Simon had tea and a gingerbread man. For dinner we had ratatouille, Delia Smith's recipe, with boiled ham and roast red Desiree potatoes, and a couple of glasses of really nice vintage red wine, a Chateau Lalande, I think, to celebrate my hat-trick the day before. Then chocolate swiss roll from Marks & Spencer. And just tea after that.
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