Spice up supper

​Julia Platt Leonard climbs out of a cooking rut with the help of a fiery Korean paste

Couscous, tomato and courgette salad

When summer finally does arrive in the UK, it is always best to be prepared for alfresco dining with easy side dishes. Julia Platt Leonard shares one of her favourite salads for casual summer evenings

Polska: New Polish cooking

Capturing the spirit of the nation, this contemporary cookbook celebrates a cuisine steeped in folklore and Slavic household recipes

Healthy shots and smoothies

Who'd have thought shots in the morning would be a good idea. But these intense shots and smooties created out of of berries, juices and root vegetables get the morning off to a flying start

Do As the Romans Do

Continuing our Cookbook Confidential series, Julia Platt Leonard reviews Eleonora Galasso's latest Italian masterpiece

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A touch of spice

As part of the Cookbook Confidential, Julia Platt Leonard reviews Chetna Makan's first book The Cardamom Trail as she infuses Indian colour into Western baked favourites