An artist’s impression of Stone Age men and women butchering a wild horse. Early hunter-gatherers were believed to have avoided issues with tooth decay because of the lack of sticky, sugary food in their diets

Forget crisps and sweets – Stone Age hunter-gatherers found to suffer earliest tooth decay after snacking on pine nuts and acorns

Scientists say they have found the first evidence of rotting teeth to pre-date the invention of farming

How online dating is a sex-obsessed cattle market that makes you feel bad about yourself

It's not just Tinder that teaches you how to lose your self-esteem in ten swipes

Keeping it simple: Bill's cavolo nero salad
Squash salad makes a great winter starter

Mark Hix recipe: Squash salad

Serves 4-6

General Mills to stop using using genetically-modified ingredients in Cheerios

Food Giant General Mills has announced it will stop using genetically-modified ingredients in best-selling cereal Cheerios after pressure from consumers and campaign groups.

Thieves stole the beehive from a quaint community garden in Norwich shortly before Christmas, police said

Sticky situation: Thieves steal beehive

Thieves have stolen a hive full of hibernating bees from a quiet community garden

A festive floating island is Mark's version of the classic îles flottantes

Mark Hix recipe: A festive floating island

Serves 6-8

Look back in awe: The horticultural hits of 2013

Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...

Florence Knight is only 26 and head chef at Polpetto

A feast of reading for all kinds of cooks: Cookbooks of 2013

Every year I think “that’s it, I’ve got enough cookbooks”. But rather like a black cardigan, or pair of jeans, one can never quite get past the nagging feeling that the next one might just be the perfect one. And then the shelf collapses.

Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

Foxlow/Rextail: Restaurant reviews - It's behind you!

It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

Mark Hix recipe: Little Christmas crumbles

These make perfect festive party snacks or something to go with coffee at the end of the meal. You can use mincemeat or a combination of mincemeat  and Christmas pudding if you need to use it up.

Mark Hix recipe: Moroccan spiced chestnuts

Using argan oil, cumin, ground cinnamon and coriander. Use freshly roasted and shelled chestnuts for this or the vacuum-packed, ready-shelled ones: both yield good results. You can also vary the spices to suit your taste, making them either sweet or savoury.

10 best Christmas crackers

Jokes, party hats and useful and not-so-useful goodies, crackers are all part of the Christmas fun. Here’s our pick of the best

Kirstie Allsopp in 'Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas'

What to watch tonight: TV choices, 16 December

TV reviewer Gerald Gilbert rounds up the best of the box tonight

Middle-class problems: No.32 - Flatmates

It’s not easy living with non-family members...

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