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Serves 4

Squid stuffed with black pudding

Serves 4

Legging it: Evasive octopus who has been allowed to look for love

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Steamed scallops with black bean sauce

Serves 6

Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful, By Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies has achieved something rare: a collection of short stories wherein each story is complete in its own right (many were competition winners, or radio broadcasts) but which also work together as a novella-length sequence. The connecting thread is the two sisters Grace and Tamar: this is a study of a lifelong sibling rivalry, or rather, sister rivalry, since though they do have a brother he is not important enough even to merit a name. In fact, the male characters are shadowy and undeveloped in all these stories.

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Apparently Jane Grigson said it first, in her 1973 book Jane Grigson's Fish Cookery. After cooking, "throw away any mussels that refuse to open".

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Serves 4

Discovered - The snails that hid from history

They have survived two world wars, a sex scandal and the feet of thousands of visitors to the Berkshire country house of Cliveden, to conduct what must be the slowest invasion of Britain by an alien species.

Do octopuses have a favourite tentacle?

Twenty-five octopuses will today begin twiddling a Rubik's Cube in the name of scientific research.

Scallops with white beans, sage and speck

Serves 4

Picture Post: Eye-popping calamari

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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