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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.

Finsbury Park, London, to Sandy, Bedfordshire. Local delicacy: The Bedfordshire Clanger

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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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Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth are two of The Royal Ballet’s most-loved classics, making a terrific double bill.

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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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Statement baubles - whether chunky or dainty - are the ‘it’ accessory with the ability to make any outfit sparkle

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

Some may sniff about "gentrification" but nothing of Granville Arcade's old spirit has been lost

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.

Album: Laura Wright, The Last Rose (Decca)

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

Like the oxymoronic title of Jenn Ashworth's haunting second novel, its insidious and unsettling power resides in the tension created by opposites. The tenderness and delicacy of the 14-year-old girl is juxtaposed with a capacity for great brutality. Set in a northern town as claustrophobic as the relationships depicted, Cold Light unflinchingly tells the sad story of teenage friendship gone awry in the most devastating way.

The Horseman's Word: A Memoir by Roger Garfitt

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