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Books: With a good pinch of salt

APHRODITE: The Love of Food and the Food of Love by Isabel Allende trs Margaret Sayers Peden, Flamingo pounds 16.99

Food: COOKING THE BOOKS

PUTTING RECIPES TO THE TEST WITH RICHARD EHRLICH

Police swoop on drugs-for-sale website

THE National Criminal Intelligence Service is investigating the first drugs-for-sale website amid growing concern that the internet is proving an easy gateway for the sale and manufacture of illegal drugs.

Travel: Mexico - High plains drifter

If the chocolate moles don't tempt you, then the Mariachis surely will. Polli Kaminski escapes to the ancient, unspoilt gem of Oaxaca

A Sunday morning recipe for recovery

A Sunday morning recipe for recovery

Cooking the books: Putting Recipes to the test with Richard Ehrlich

ANNIE BELL'S VEGETABLE BOOK by Annie Bell

A recipe for a crumbling ego

Eventually the food was fine, but the marriage was left red raw. When it comes to dinner parties, says Melissa Nathan, that's the way it has to be.

Must read: All Grown Up by Sophie Parkin

ALL GROWN UP by Sophie Parkin (Headline Review, pounds 9.99)

LETTER : Struggling with basic skills

Sir: If reading a bus timetable, filling in a form and following a recipe are indicators of literacy, then I know very many intelligent, well-educated people who could confidently claim to be illiterate.

Letter: Devolution: a recipe for corruption

Devolution: a recipe for

Cobra soup that won't blow a spy's cover

Is your cooking getting a little dull? Never fear, the CIA is here. That's right, the Central Intelligence Agency has decided to publish a cookbook. No one has to settle for dinner with Delia again, or for trying to do it the River Cafe way: now you can sup with the world's top secret agents. This means getting serious about the idea of cobra for starters. It's the kind of thing that gives a dinner party a real buzz.

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Mrs Beeton's recipe for happiness sold for pounds 8,600

She was known for her down-to-earth recipes and practical household tips, but letters written by Mrs Beeton reveal her simple ingredient for happiness: love.

Low-paid jobs not the recipe to end poverty

The notion that the poor can pull themselves up by the bootstraps by taking available paid work is challenged in a study of life on a low income.

Letter : How to protect a recipe Food copyright not original

As A food writer I organised in 1987, with various lawyers, a symposium: can dishes be copyrighted? ("Could your gazpacho be a pot of gold?", Real Life, 20 October). We concluded:
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