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Cooking in particular has got ever more competitive

Food & Drink: DO TRY THIS AT HOME

Bread making isn't quick, but it is easy. Michael Bateman meets professional baker Stuart Powell, and learns how to turn out a perfect loaf in a domestic kitchen

Hirst protesters fined

Hirst protesters fined

Restaurants: White power

Today, Canary Wharf, tomorrow... Tonbridge. Tracey MacLeod on Marco Pierre White

Profile: Marco Pierre White - The screaming success

He bawls, he bullies, he usually wins. But can the 'little genius' conquer the provinces? By Emily Green

Restaurant / Shore things

Coastal Dorset is well worth a culinary visit

Bull market

The pioneer of Modern British goes up West

Any hairstyle you like on the menu so long as it's bland

There were 10 different types of coffee on offer at Mezzo's cafe bar in central London yesterday, but only two hairstyles among the waitresses: severe, swept-back ponytails and neat, shoulder-length bobs.

GUIDING STARS

TRIED & TESTED; Are restaurant guides all in the best possible taste, or are some difficult to digest? Our panellists test six

Making a meal of cows' heads

Animal rights activists have been protesting outside a well-known London restaurant - not because of veal on the menu, but because of the cows' heads on the wall.

Marco's Michelin crown falls to young chef

A 26-year-old chef has become the youngest in Britain to win two Michelin stars, beating Marco Pierre White, who won the same accolade aged 27 - and winning his boss pounds 1,000 in the process.

Shopping in (French) style

For luxurious sale browsing, why not a weekend in Paris?

Have I got 'Who's Who' for you: Paul Merton joins the top people

It used to be the Establishment bible, chronicling the details of archbishops, peers and dons. But as the 149th edition of Who's Who is published next month, the great and the good have been joined by the naff.

? WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 15: RYAN GIGGS

Main Claim: Apparently he's a pretty good footballer, but we're not too interested in that. Let's face it: Giggsy is best known for his girls and his curls.

Restaurant digest

Bistros and brasseries - relaxed and robust - complement today's grand, flagship restaurants.

Brown praises his bravehearts in a match to savour

If the opening game was all about betrayed expectations, this match was like walking into a greasy spoon "caff" and finding Marco Pierre White behind the stove. An unexpected delight.
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'