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Food and Drink: Cook Book of the Week

MARGUERITE PATTEN'S CENTURY OF BRITISH COOKING Grub Street, pounds 25.00, 336pp: RECENTLY A well-known food columnist - of a certain age - admitted that she constantly worried about keeping up with the latest culinary fashions. Where once she had used...

The Weasel

A climb up 192 steps brings insights into a lighthouse keeper's hosiery, while the sweet folly of youth takes its toll with a trip to the dentist

The Irritations Of Modern Life: 47. Glossy Cookbooks

WHAT IS it with celebrity chefs and their glossy cookbooks? Do they want to make us feel foolish and humiliated each time we try to cook a meal for our friends? Oh dear, aren't we silly - we're fresh out of wasabi, can't get trompettes de mort (they're mushrooms), and the fishmonger shakes his head sadly when we specify carpetshell clams. Oh, the shame of it.

Medieval recipe sale

EVER WONDERED what to do with that left-over bear or wild boar? The world's oldest cookery book is to be auctioned today and the 15th century volume has celebrity chefs and antique book collectors salivating

Historical Notes: Work `the grand recipe for felicity'

IN David Copperfield Charles Dickens makes Uriah Heep complain that, when he was at school, he was taught

My secret life as a lay Danish pastry assessor

Once bitten twice shy, I should have said to myself, remembering the chocolate debacle

Books: The cure for oppression by Olaf the Swede

A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz Virago pounds 9.99

On-line Child Care

Babies aren't just very small people - they're future Internet users. But it is not just people that have been breeding. The Web has been at it too and now there are plenty of sites offering advice to parents and parents-to-be

Letter: A recipe for nimbyism

ROSS CLARK's piece "Why we should build more houses in the countryside, not fewer" (17 January) contains some misunderstandings. His contempt for continental-style urban living is a mildly xenophobic manifestation of England's love affair with a false rural idyll and the middle class's fear of living anywhere near poor people. In contrast, the Compact City is a prosperous, socially inclusive city in which new development is welcomed.

Sweetest recipe for a longer life

LIFE IS SWEET - and about to get sweeter for chocoholics, now that doctors have shown that they can live longer if they indulge their desires.

Letter: Cake battle

Sir: I was fascinated to read your article about the controversy surrounding Banbury cakes and their authenticity ("Crumbs! It's cakegate", 31 October).

Investment: ABF's results prove it has recipe for success

THE STRENGTH of sterling continues to be a major headache for Garry Weston's Associated British Foods.

Only 3% take full lunch break at work

MORE THAN 97 per cent of British workers are failing to take a proper lunch break, according to a new report.

Books: Burgers and the quest for a larger truth

My Year of Meat

'Pay what you like' is recipe for success

A CUNNING gimmick which took a gamble on people's sense of fair play has paid off for a restaurant which told customers to pay what they thought their meal was worth, writes Cathy Comerford.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project