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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Review: Allium, Best Western Abbey Hotel, North Parade, Bath

The spices on the quail left my tastebuds buzzing like hornets

We're not children, so why are student cookbooks so patronising?

There's nothing stopping students from eating a lot better than they do - except their own apathy, says Eleanor Doughty

When is jam not a jam? When the EU says it should be a fruit spread

When is jam not a jam? When the EU says it should be a fruit spread

Politicians do not normally enjoy it when they are ambushed on a television programme.  But Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, is an exception. 

Inspectors found poor hygiene in the kitchen at Noma, run by Rene Redzepi. A meal at the restaurant will set you back hundreds of pounds

Noma, 'the world's best restaurant,' feels the heat after 63 diners get vomiting virus

It has been voted the world's best restaurant three years in a row, but is unlikely to be be winning any hygiene awards after dozens of diners fell ill with food poisoning.

MasterChef wannabes to face 'palate test' challenge

MasterChef bosses are to bring in one of their toughest-ever challenges when the show returns next week - with contestants having to recreate a complex dish after simply tasting it.

Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has admitted he would like to try horse meat

MasterChef star Gregg Wallace cross with 'rude' strangers who send him pictures of bald men

MasterChef star Gregg Wallace has hit out at "rude" strangers and urged viewers to stop sending him photographs of their dinner - and their bald friends - on Twitter.

Review: The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone, By Will Storr

Can't stand the hero? Leave the kitchen

After abandoning his first kitchen apprenticeship at 14, Eric decided he definitely did not want to be a chef

Eric Chavot: My life in food

After abandoning his first kitchen apprenticeship at 14, Eric decided he definitely did not want to be a chef. Offered another chance at White’s Hotel in Bayswater, he took it and has seldom been out of the kitchen since. He has worked in some of Britain’s best kitchens including those at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, La Tante Claire and Marco Pierre White’s The Restaurant. After earning two Michelin stars at The Capital, he is to open a new restaurant, Brasserie Chavot, at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair next week.

HKK Broadgate West, Worship Street, London EC2

Is the Hakkasan group's latest proposition worth the City-slicker prices?

Ida Brandt, By Herman Bang. Dedalus, £9.99

"If only Ida could be made happy!" says her best friend Olivia, after she has raised the subject of love. Olivia's husband pauses, then replies: "I don't think she ever will be." And why not? "Because she will never learn to seek her own happiness."

We need more top-placed women, says David Cameron

PM urges major institutions to remove barriers to female success in workplace

Spanish chef Ferran Adria and his team in the kitchen of the elBulli restaurant in Roses, Catalonia, in 2010

The dishwasher who made it to Tinseltown: elBulli superchef to get the Hollywood treatment

Ferran Adria is set to see his success story depicted on the big screen

Rich pickings: a stall selling traditional food in Harlem

Food for the soul in Harlem

Trail of the unexpected: Head to Upper Manhattan for a real taste of New York

Agenda: Laura Mvula; Love-A-Fayre; The Breakfast Bible; The Modern Pantry at Harrods

Fashion: Get your dancing shoes on

Mauritius rumour: for top value, shop in the rupee zone

Dine out despite the pathetic pound in your pocket

The man who pays his way

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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