Yotam Ottolenghi: 'I loved the pizza but Hassam had a massive cat I was terrified of'

My earliest food memory… When I was about five I remember going to a bakery in the Old City in Jerusalem run by a big man called Hassam. He used to bring us sesame-crusted pizzas from a hole-in-the-wall oven. I loved the pizza but he had a massive cat that I was absolutely terrified of.

Forget Sex and the City, here come the 'real' Girls

You might be tempted to describe a comedy written, directed and produced by its central character as a "vanity project". But from the very first frames of Girls, Lena Dunham's sharp, next-generation riposte to the gloss and fantasy of Sex and the City, it's obvious vanity cannot be calling the shots.

Forget Sex And The City, here come the Girls

First Night: Girls, Sky Atlantic, Mondays, 10pm

Forget Sex And The City, here come Lena Dunham's Girls

Ink pasta with samphire and squid

Serves 4

The Emperor's New Clothes: The Italians

The Italians who face England tonight think they are better dressed, better fed, better lovers. Simmy Richman begs to differ

Deborah Ross: Feed me! The mantra of a student who hasn't eaten all term

If you ask me, I would like to tell you a story, which I suggest you take as a warning. This is a story about a mother whose son comes home from his first year at university for the summer. The mother is quite shocked at his appearance, as he is thin and peaky, and looks as if he has been doing what he has been doing: that is, living on economy squash and reduced-price bread so he can better spend his overdraft on drink, clubbing, drugs and a new T-shirt that looks like all his other T-shirts.

Natalie Haynes: Thanks for the advice, but my fridge contents don't lie

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Deborah Ross: Son, your pasta calendars were only ever average, if that

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Pot Noodle: the snack equivalent of 'Zoo' magazine

Something for the ladies. Noodles in a pot

Pot Noodle, the instant noodle "dish" from Unilever, has never bothered the female market too much before. Coming in such delightful flavours such as Doner Kebab, Bombay Bad Boy and Sticky Rib, it's the snack equivalent of Zoo magazine; women wouldn't be caught dead with it. (Look, I'm not saying I've never bought one, but I think we can agree who they are targeted at).

Tagliolini with ceps and bacon

Tagliolini with ceps and bacon

Serves 2

Nick Goodway: Let's box clever and give big-hitter Terry a watchdog role in the City

Midweek View: If he's got a problem, he confronts it. There's a touch of philanthropy and a wave of the Union Jack too
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Chrissie Wellington: 'Sometimes your worst races are your biggest triumphs'

I call myself an accidental athlete I first realised my capacity for endurance while I was [working for an NGO] in Nepal. I would cycle every day with friends and Nepali sherpas, and I outperformed all of them. So I started doing marathons and triathlons when I returned to the UK, and didn't stop. I'd never in a million years thought I could win the Ironman World Championships once, let alone four years running.

Mele e Pere, 46 Brewer Street, London W1

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Blue-collar guy: Zach Braff rehearsing 'All New People'

Braff the medicine man has last laugh

All New People was a hit in New York and is coming to the West End. Its star and creator, Zach Braff, tells Alice Jones he's happy to leave Scrubs behind him

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