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The Friary Newsletter: We mustn't cure too many, we need the money

For budgetary reasons, we've decided to turf out all the Y2K clients early on the morning of 1 January

Letter: Incomplete recipe

AS A RETIRED doctor whose work embraced treatment for infertility, I am interested in Carolyn Neill's frozen eggs ("Perfection or two gay dads", 19 December). As a parent I am interested in whose sperm it is hoped to use to fertilise the eggs. To date I have not read or heard anything about a putative father. Nor have I learnt anything about the outlook for Carolyn Neill's cancer.

Woman awarded pounds 468,000 damages for stroke after Pill

A WOMAN who suffered a stroke five weeks after she started taking the contraceptive pill was awarded pounds 468,750 agreed damages yesterday in the High Court.

Accused terrorist sells recipes to pay legal bills

AN AMERICAN woman who is accused of being a former revolutionary is selling a cookery book to raise money to defend herself against charges of attempted murder.

Letter: Reluctant cook

Sir: Nicholas Lezard derides Delia Smith's "infallibility" (Profile, 11 December). He thinks an uncertain outcome to a recipe lends the process a certain "sexiness". He inhabits a different planet. I, like so many, cook to feed, loathe the whole business and follow Delia to the letter because my grudging efforts are guaranteed a good result. Delia knows how we tick - hence her enormous success.

Food & drink: Cook Book of the Week

CHOCOLATE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Play the mandolin like Louis de Bernieres

`This book is not a new one; it previously appeared as `Play the Mandolin like Benito Mussolini!''

Books for Christmas: Cookery - Aardvark and other starters

The only minus about The Oxford Companion to Food by Alan Davidson (OUP, pounds 40) is that it is a tad pricey as a Christmas gift. So you'll just have to treat yourself. It is simply indispensable, not so much in the kitchen (Davidson imposed a strict rule against recipes) but for feeding the mind. From Aardvark ("commonly described as tasting like pork"), via Elevenses, Grigson and Shipworm ("may be pickled in vinegar or fried and eaten with eggs"), to Zucchini, it contains over 2,600 entries. All are authoritative, many wonderfully recondite and quite a few hugely amusing. Twenty years in the making, this titanic achievement is a great big raspberry in response to the prejudice that the British are indifferent to food.

Words: aftermath, n.

AS PEOPLE wheezily explain that a cough is the aftermath of a cold, they do not ponder such paradoxical usage of the word.

Food and Drink: Cookbook of the Week

SALLY CLARKE'S BOOK: RECIPES FROM A RESTAURANT, SHOP & BAKERY Macmillan, pounds 25, 310pp

Food & Drink: Food Writer's Competition

ARE YOU passionate about food and desperate for the chance to write about it? Last week we launched a this competition to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. This is your chance to write your recipe for success!

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: ANNABEL KARMEL

Annabel has sold more than a million copies of her cookery books worldwide. Her recipes offer parents quick, tasty, child-friendly food, specially designed to tempt fussy eaters and have become bibles for many a worried parent.

Family Travel: Three of the Best: Skin Savers

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Cook Book of the Week: Cook At Home With Peter Gordon Hodder and Stoughton, pounds 25, 208pp

LITERARY AGENTS are very fond of dropping pearls of wisdom to their authors. One favourite gem for food writers is that "the second book is the hardest to write".
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