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How much do we really know about Michel Roux Jr’s right hand woman?

FOOD & DRINK: MASTERS OF MODERN COOKERY: 10: PIERRE KOFFMANN: HAUTE TO TROT

A monthly series in which the country's leading chefs share their inspirations with Michael Bateman. Here, one man's love for the food of his native France

At least you can get a table at Le Gavroche

FOR THE non-football fan, London's social scene at present feels something like a cultural desert. But the World Cup is providing one unexpected bonus: rare tables at the most exclusive restaurants - and around the magic time of 8pm.

Food For thought: take it or leave it

Yo! Sushi 52, Poland Street, W1 (0171-287 0443) and 5th Floor, Harvey Nichols, SW1 If a scooter is a bit much, you can get a mouse mat or a single sushi plate for pounds 3.

Tarts with a heart

Simon Hopkinson makes the case for pastries

Restaurants: Country life

Out-of-town restaurants can cost you dear, warns Ben Rogers: The foie gras itself was meltingly fine and an appetiser of poached clams, mussels and oyster in a herby broth was excellent

Lloyd Webber attacks `new fuhrers' of music politburo

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has attacked "40 years of madness" in which the Western music hierarchy created a "pernicious politburo" which all but destroyed classical music.

A run on rabbits

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Money to burn

You thought big spending went out with the Eighties? Wrong. Extravaganc e is back - only it's a little more discreet this time around

Great white truffles

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An Eye On ... Food

Lunch: According to analysis by Mintel, around pounds 2.2bn will be spent on sandwiches this year, which is more than is spent on pizza, pasta and hamburgers put together. The favourite is chicken, which fills 11 per cent of all shop-bought sandwiches, followed by prawn mayonnaise (10 per cent), then egg and BLT (9 per cent each) and cheese (8 per cent). The average price of a sandwich is pounds 1.40.

Travel: A walk on the mild side

With bifocals and breathable cagoule in place, Edward Blincoe marched into the mists of the Lakelands

Roux in pension appeal

Michel Roux, the star-rated Michelin chef, co-owner with his brother Albert of the famous Waterside Inn at Bray, Berkshire, has decided to fight an Inland Revenue charge of pounds 400,000 on his pension imposed by the High Court earlier this month.

Supreme sauternes

Why Chateau d'Yquem is incomparable

You can steal and cheat, but don't admit you're poor

There are, I suppose, any number of youthful disclosures that could quite rightly make me blush. A fairly nasty, if unoriginal, tendency to shoplift, say, or to browse my brother's diary. One detail I'd never dreamt could be a cause for compunction, though, emerged quite casually the other day. A friend had got hold of the idea that I came from a terribly well-heeled background.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game