Leading article: Spud we like

The potato was introduced relatively late to European diets, but it was embraced with enthusiasm. It is now the fourth largest staple crop on the planet after rice, wheat and maize. And from the Irish potato famine, to the row about "Freedom Fries" during the build- up to the Iraq war, they have been entwined with our history. And now a new chapter in the life of the plant might have begun with the news that scientists have deciphered the full genetic code of the potato. Advances in crop technology have enabled mankind to avoid the Malthusian nightmare of too many hungry mouths and not enough food in the past. Here's hoping that the potato is about to help us do so yet again.

Van-tastic! Why street food is this year’s hottest trend

Richard Johnson has been travelling round Britain, meeting the people turning street food into a gourmet experience – and asking them their favourite recipes

Squires, 1 Exeter Road, Braunton, Devon

A North Devon chippie well worth sharing with family (and followers)

Fox and Grapes, 9 Camp Road, Wimbledon Common, London

Underground, overground, hurrying to Wimbledon Common, here come the foodies. Their destination, a gastropub on the common's edge which recently reopened under new management. Clearly the Fox and Grapes isn't just any gastropub. You could call it an astro-pub, given the two Michelin stars held by co-owner Claude Bosi, the hugely talented chef-proprietor of Hibiscus.

Leading article: Super sub

It is a moment in history. The Golden Arches are now outnumbered by the Subway chain. McDonald's still serves more meals and makes more money. But in terms of outlets, the sandwich and sauce formula has conquered that of burger and fries.

Why Jamie's knives are out for Sarah Palin

Chef brands US politician a 'Froot-Loop' over her criticism of childhood obesity drive

Album: Gurf Morlix, Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream (Rootball)

Blaze Foley was quite a character, even by the standards of the Austin new-country scene. In the 1970s, he lived in a treehouse, and never quite became accustomed to home life thereafter, preferring to sleep beneath the pool table in his local bar.

Britain's top ten student eateries

Apart from battling through Kant, getting your head around quantum mechanics and thinking about reading Ulysses, most people spend their student days sitting in that favoured pub or café watching the hours pass by. It’s something close to every student’s heart, that local provider of good food, strong coffee and cheap alcohol. We’ve selected the ten best places students go to get a square meal.

Foodies' favourites: Britain's top chefs and restaurateurs reveal where they dine out

We asked a selection to reveal their favourite eateries, from local gems to high-end hang-outs

Why Britain should dig the potato

Its harvest was once celebrated, and kept schoolchildren busy during half-term. But for a new generation, potatoes are losing out to pasta. Is it time we got back to our roots?

Fish and microchips to track shoal movement

It gives a whole new meaning to fish and chips. British scientists are to insert microchips with movement sensors normally found in video games into wild fish to monitor how they roam about the oceans.

Why the stars are making the big switch

Hollywood's big names are showcasing their talent on the small screen. Gerard Gilbert says TV is the place to take chances

Bargain Hunter: Sale gives customers a sporting chance

If the World Cup has inspired the sportsman or woman in you, you may be interested to hear details of the huge sale currently on at Adidas.co.uk. With discounts on everything from football shirts to golf shoes – not to mention the Adidas-sponsored range of Porsche merchandise – the website is sure to have something for all manner of sporting enthusiasts. Until 25 July, the site will host discounts of up to 50 per cent, after which date the savings will be limited to 30 per cent until 24 October.

Katy Holland: Pack the bucket and spade. It's time for a traditional seaside break

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