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The texture of food – the crunchiness or sliminess that Asian diners love – is often overlooked by western cooks.

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Being Modern: Foraging

As anyone who has studied those academically certified case histories of Stone Age man, The Flintstones and Captain Caveman, will know, foraging has been going on since prehistory. Bish-bash-bosh with the club and you've got a larvely bit of woolly mammoth for tea.

Vietnam police seize five tonnes of iguanas

Police in northern Vietnam have seized five tonnes of pangolin and iguana carcasses destined to be shipped to restaurants in China.

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My hunt for Great British grub: Will Dean goes in search of the country's local delicacies

In towns and cities across Britain, diners queue up for their very own local delicacies, from the parmo to the Bedfordshire Clanger. Will Dean took to the road to get a taste of them.

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Horses for courses: the question of which keyboard instruments suit which composers’ music is as pertinent now as it was when the harpsichord and fortepiano were competing for dominance in the 18 century.

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Alice Jones: Sometimes, a little investment can go a long way

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Nick Clegg denies rift with police over riots

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has denied rumours of a rift between the Government and police over handling of the riots in England.

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Folk music is currently hotter than it's been for 40 years, but I doubt whether Mumford and Marling fans will find much to enjoy in these neatly-manicured versions of traditional songs, sung in pristine conservatoire tones and swaddled in the kind of chamber arrangements that deny their rough origins.

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival set to get revellers all in a spin in sunny Sète

There is an 18-hour beach party on the last day of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, which starts next week, in Sète, in the south of France. This year's line-up, hand-picked by Peterson, includes Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk, James Blake, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Laurent Garnier.

Cold light, By Jenn Ashworth

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The Horseman's Word: A Memoir by Roger Garfitt

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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