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Conference pear, Barkham blue and walnut salad

Serves 4

Perfect timing: Mark Hix serves up delicious, seasonal dinner-party treats

In the second extract from his new book on seasonal cooking, Mark Hix serves up hearty dinner-party treats.

Chocolate-dipped walnuts

Makes about 48 pieces

Who are the next wave of superheroes leaping from small page to big screen?

This has been a bumper year for silver-screen superheroics. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, Hancock to Hulk, Hollywood has been pouring money into tales of comic-book derring-do, and audiences have been lapping them up (the Batman epic alone took over $400m in its first three weeks in the US).

Black magic: Skye Gyngell reveals the best way to serve truffle

Skye Gyngell went on a truffle-hunt in south-west France. There, she unearthed a hoard of underground treasure. The only question was: how best to serve it?

Tooley scrumptious: Magdalen, Tooley Street, London

It's just as well the by-line photos accompanying restaurant reviews aren't legally obliged to reflect the actual size of the writer. There has been such a waxing and waning of waistlines in reviewing circles recently that picture editors would be struggling to keep pace. As some of my big-boy peers melt into slender ephebes thanks to no-carb diets, I'm heading in the opposite direction, having adopted a punishing regime of round-the-clock eating in preparation for the judging of the London Restaurant Awards.

How the cookie crumbles: the great first lady bake-off

America loves nothing better than a good cook in the White House kitchen, as many candidates' wives have found to their cost... By Leonard Doyle

Shot and sweet: Skye Gyngell's delicious coffee recipes

Every morning as I open my eyes, I am comforted by the immediate thought of the coffee that awaits me – if I can only make my way downstairs to the kitchen. My ritual is to put a little pot filled with water and strong ground coffee on the stove to brew, and as the smell fills the house I run my bath, knowing that all will be right with the world as soon as I've taken that first sip.

Chicory salad with gorgonzola and walnuts

Serves 4

Say cheese: Melt away with Hix's cheese recipes

Melted, crumbled, grilled or deep-fried... Mark Hix celebrates the versatility of cheese

Migrants to send £105bn back home to relatives this year

Migrant workers will send home a record amount of money this year, outstripping international aid contributions.

US Marines 'murdered innocent Iraqi out of frustration'

A US Marines unit frustrated by the hunt for insurgents east of Baghdad picked on an innocent man, bound his hands and feet, threw him into a roadside hole and shot him in the head at least 10 times, according to the testimony of a unit medic being court-martialled at his home base in California.

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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