Restaurants: Gras and flavour

Ma foie! Force-fed goose liver is back on the menu - to the delight of gastronomes and the ire of animal lovers. Nikki Spencer reports

Christmas beer sales may disappoint, warns S&N

Investment: The fall in consumer confidence is worrying the UK's biggest brewer

Eating Out: Criminally good

CLUB GASCON; 57 West Smithfield, London EC1, tel: 0171 796 0600. Open for lunch Monday to Friday, from 12 to 2pm; for dinner, Monday to Saturday, from 7 to 10pm. Average price per person, pounds 30. Credit cards accepted

Body Shop shuts US stores as profits slide

BODY SHOP, the "green" toiletries retailer, added another crisis to its troubled history yesterday when it revealed a slump in interim profits and a radical shake-up of its struggling US business.

Restaurants: Taste of things to come Hot, happening and opening soon

l The description "full-on foie gras" gives you an idea of what Club Gascon (0171 253 5853), near London's Smithfield Market, is all about. This new restaurant revels in all things French, from smoked eels in filo pastry to white cheese sorbet: chef Pascal Aussignac trained with some of France's greatest cooks, including Guy Savoy. The Degustation Menu means you get to try several dishes at once.

Eating out: King of his own castle

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British cafe chain buys French

AFTER SERVING steak and frites for more than 20 years, Chez Gerard has finally added a new dish to its menu: Le takeover.

The Irritations of Modern Life: 3; Modern Menus

IN 1914 E Brunet, chef to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, translated L Saulnier's Le Repertoire de la Cuisine into English and condemned us to 50 years of French menus.Thus in the Sixties anyone faced with a box of Dover sole could riffle through its pages and find 338 helpful suggestions. The index runs all the way from Adrienne - "Fillets, folded and poached, coated with Polignac sauce, garnished with soft roes and tartlets filled with crayfish tails cohered with Nantua sauce" - to Yvette - "Same as Sole Crevettes, glazed, slice of truffle".

Letter: Repulsive meal

YOUR article "Mmm, placenta puree..." (18 January) reports on Channel 4's proposed cookery show about the preparation and eating of the human placenta. This is loathsome, and what next? The pleasures to be derived from a terrine of aborted human foetus?

Cooking with attitude: Carlton Food Network

This week's highlights on Carlton Food Network include:

Spice boys v soil boys

First it was their haute couture, now it's their cuisine. Will foreign upstarts alter the flavour of French cooking? Adam Sage on the great Parisian food row

A reviewer's fear of Fulham

FULHAM ROAD; 257-259 Fulham Road, London SW3. Tel: 0171 351 7823. Open Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm and Mon-Sat 7-11pm. Two course set lunch, pounds 18.50. Average a la carte pric e, pounds 35 without wine. Major credit cards, except Diners, accepted

travel & outdoors: In a deeper vein

There's Roquefort in them thar hills. Ray Kershaw gets stuck in

The world on your plate

KASSOULET; 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ. Tel: 0171 792 9191. Open for lunch Mon to Fri 12-3pm and Sat and Sun until 3.30pm, and for dinner Mon to Sat 7-11pm and Sun until 10.30pm. Average price per person, pounds 20. Credit cards accepted

So, real politicos do eat quiche

The timing is perfect. The Conservatives crash to disaster in Wirral South, the general election looms, and suddenly London has its first political coffee house.
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