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Roasted spice mix

All of the recipes use this blend of strong, vibrant flavours.

Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Unlike fellow crime-writer, Sue Grafton, whose titles will run out when she hits Z is for..., Evanovich's numbered Stephanie Plum mysteries can keep coming ad infinitum, and they do.

Album: Morcheeba, Blood Like Lemonade (Pias)

Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to re-locate the band's classic trip-hop chill-out vibe without sacrificing the growing eclecticism of albums like Charango and Dive Deep.

Basic recipe for mayonnaise

No more than three ingredients are to be found in this recipe – that is if you discount the seasoning that is needed to bring the flavours together. Just two things to bear in mind: make sure your ingredients are all at room temperature, and pour in the oil as slowly as possible. If it does curdle, add a teaspoon of warm water and continue to whisk; this should bring it together again.

The Settler's Cookbook, By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Passionate, generous and articulate, Alibhai-Brown has one of the most distinctive voices in British journalism. This engaging book has these qualities in brimming quantity. Categorised as "Memoir/Food & Drink", it begins with mini-biographies of the author's cooking utensils – the colander made by Abdullah, the Indian wok made by "Mr Harry Belafonte the Third".

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Melon and ham

Serves 4

Candied melon with chilli

This is a great way to use up the melon skins from the recipes above. Serve just as a snack, with cured meats or with cheese.

Melon salad with mint syrup

Serves 4

The recipe to beat prostate cancer

Diet rich in key ingredients - cooked in a specific way - could help to prevent deadly disease

Observations: September's plot is a recipe for success

When cinema tackles food, it is usually the high end of cuisine – think Babette's Feast or Meryl Streep shifting Le Creuset cookware in her latest movie, Julie & Julia. Now an award-winning British indie is tackling a rougher kind of cookery.

The ten best children's cookbooks

Chosen by Alex Richman

Scottish butchers dismiss English Haggis claim

Haggis-makers in Scotland today leapt to the defence of the dish's origins after claims the first recipe for the food was published in an English book.

Sophia's Sling

Makes 4
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