Hidden layers: Bill Granger reveals the secret to his favourite lasagne recipe

People imagine that those of us who work with food professionally entertain in wildly extravagant ways, but if I'm honest, the opposite is the case. Experience has taught me that it's always best to keep it as simple as possible.

Bill's linguine with mussels in tomato sauce works just as well with clams, prawns or tuna
Satisfying and cleansing: Bill's Thai mussel soup

Bill Granger recipe: Thai mussel soup

Serves 4

Pastafarian minister Christopher Schaeffer is sworn into New York Town Council

Mr Schaeffer, a minister for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, wore a colander on his head as he took his oath 

Rob Ford was elected in 2010 on a populist platform. He appears to be attempting to weather the scandal

Politicians' excuses: After Rob Ford, ten other unlikely stories

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted he “probably” smoked crack cocaine at a press conference on Tuesday, excusing his behaviour by saying “I was in a drunken stupor at the time.”

Postcard from... Milan

'I would never use homosexual couples in my adverts': Barilla pasta boss's anti-gay comments spark boycott call

Gay rights groups are calling for a boycott of the world’s biggest pasta maker Barilla after the company’s chairman said he would never use homosexual couples in his advertisements.

Buona! Boys carry spaghetti in 1929 Naples. Inset, Gennaro Contaldo

Ketchup on your pasta? Basta! Italian food institute issues a list of rules for foreigners to follow

We've all committed them, but now, at last, we have no excuses. A respected food institute has listed those culinary no-nos that make Italians wince inwardly but which they are too polite to tell you about. The Parma-based Academia Barilla, which aims "to defend and safeguard Italian food products made by reputable artisans and certified denominations against poor-quality imitations", has listed ten kitchen faux pas, in order to "teach foreigners how to avoid culinary horrors" in confronting Italian food.

Orecchiette with sprouting broccoli s a nice, summery pasta lunch from Puglia

Orecchiette with sprouting broccoli

Serves 4

Acciuga, 343 Kensington High Street, London W8

The food is as authentic as it is comforting at old-school Italian Acciuga, says Lisa Markwel.

My Life in Food: Gennaro Contaldo

'My mother, she was rubbish at cooking. I learnt from my father'

Jaffa Cake

That takes the biscuit: Burglar caught after leaving fingerprints on box of Jaffa Cakes

While in the house he helped himself to Jaffa Cakes and a pasta meal before making off with three televisions and other valuables

Frederick Forster, Head chef at Boundary: 'my mum would help us create African dishes – she was my first influence'

My Life in Food: Frederick Forster, head chef, Boundary

'My mum would help us create african dishes – she was my first influence'

The trouble with makeover shows is that the most memorable episodes are often the ones that fail, or end in insult

Gordon Ramsay's worst nightmare: A restaurant he cannot save

The pugnacious chef finally met a shambolic restaurant he couldn't save. John Walsh on when TV makeover refuseniks fight back

Italian icon: Ostuni in Puglia

My life in travel: Theo Randall

'We visit Puglia a lot. The food, the people, the whole place is amazing'

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Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker