Life and Style

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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In a history of human appetite and consumption that stretches from mammoth steak, through farming and stock-breeding, past the discovery of cocoa all the way to Escoffier and beyond, how did we end up in a century in which our preoccupation with food centres on obesity, genetic modification and celebrity diet fads?

Hanger steak with baked bone marrow

Serves 4

Raising the steaks

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The Grill, Brown's Hotel, Albemarle Street, London

Mayfair marvel

The Kingham Plough

Kingham, Oxfordshire (01608 658327)

Szechuan steak au poivre forestière

Serves 4

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My daughter has a lump in her neck, which affects her breathing when lying down. The doctor said it was just gristle, but now she has one on the other side. Can you help?

My Friend Leonard, by James Frey

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