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Turkey steaks have typically risen to £8.15 per kg, an increase of 3.8 per cent

Let's talk turkey: your Christmas lunch will cost more than last year

The cost of ingredients for this year's Christmas dinner has risen by £7.50 since 2010, official figures have shown.

Mr Trotter's crackling. £1.89, selfridges.com

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This week I've been eating...pork scratchings

Matthew Herbert's One Pig project

Matthew Herbert serves up his political ideologies on a pork-shaped plate with his latest One Pig project – an album telling the story of a farm animal from birth to death and beyond. April Welsh speaks to the ‘super producer’.

Nectarines with cured pork collar

Serves 4

Book Of A Lifetime: Charlotte's Web, By EB White

I was a child who loved reading. I was crazy for the world of books, a world I felt was much more exciting than the one I actually lived in. To have some of the thrill of story, I would try and put myself in the way of adventure in my "real" life. Usually this involved riding my bike around the neighbourhood, or squelching through the pond opposite my house. For a long stretch of days one summer, I stood at the window of my bedroom, notebook in hand, looking for suspicious people to document. I made my little brother stand with me, as my assistant. His job was to look up the street while I looked down.

Caught & Social: Bacon gets the X factor

The cast of X Men: First Class (and its writer Jane Goldman, wife of Jonathan Ross) turned up at London’s Dorchester Hotel yesterday.

Cranswick pork gets US import approval

Cranswick, a major supplier to UK supermarkets, has secured approval to export its pork products to the US.

Swine flu mother dies after coma

A young woman with swine flu who was put in a coma to save her unborn child has died.

Cooper Brown: Going shooting

Mulligan takes me out shooting today, which is a welcome relief. My Mom goes mental that I’m going to “kill things” although she’s always first in the hamburger queue.

Welsh referendum hit by apathy – and an inflatable pig

Voters not greatly engaged by lacklustre campaign

Helen Browning: A woman who won't be cowed in the war against titan farms

The Soil Association has been threatened with a libel action for its opposition to a giant new pig factory. Its new head tells Jerome Taylor why this is a battle worth fighting

Author who created Babe the sheep-pig dies

The author Dick King-Smith, beloved for bringing pigs, dogs and hares to bustling life in more than 100 books, has died at the age of 88.

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