How handwriting is back in vogue

In a digital age, handwriting is having a renaissance, both as an art form and as a way of going the extra mile

19 Mar 2019

The Man Booker Prize’s biggest turkeys (and other stories)

Not all the winners of the prestigious literature award have stood the test of time

13 Sep 2017

How posh are the posh versions of Tinder?

The exclusive dating apps offering love at first swipe

14 Jun 2017

The saucy side of food

The amorous have put their faith in aphrodisiacs since Roman times

17 May 2017

How humans became slaves to wheat

The story of one of the oldest crops in the world

27 Apr 2017

Britain’s best bars for playing games

Bars and cafés across the UK are encouraging people to embrace their competitive side

31 Mar 2017
A visitor looks at a selection of paintings, at the press view for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2006, the world's largest open contemporary art exhibition showcasing work by unknown and emerging artists

How the Royal Academy is dramatically reinventing itself

To mark its 250th anniversary next year, the RA is to undergo an extensive redevelopment

14 Mar 2017

The sweetest craving of all

Through the ages, sugar has inched its way to global dominance

9 Feb 2017

How quiche got its own hashtag

The much-derided dish has enjoyed an unlikely renaissance in recent times

26 Jan 2017

Books to get you through winter

A literary selection that will banish the winter blues

17 Jan 2017

The hallucinatory history of nutmeg

Nutmeg has been used as a spice, and occasionally an intoxicant, for centuries

6 Jan 2017

Milk: a drink for the ages

We still can’t get enough of the stuff, but dairy farmers need our help to survive

22 Nov 2016

Can corn flakes kill the sex drive?

Imagine if there was a cereal that could stop you masturbating

27 Oct 2016

Jam: a beautifully preserved history

Joan of Arc, Nostradamus and Louis XIV were all partial to jam

21 Oct 2016

Honey: the nectar of gods and posh hippies

Honey has been prized throughout history and its sweet appeal shows no sign of abating

23 Sep 2016

How gruel became cool

Nowadays it’s health-crazed hipsters rather than penniless orphans who are asking for more

15 Sep 2016

From fishers of men to Filet-O-Fish

The Christian story behind the famous fish burger.

7 Sep 2016

Let us eat cake – but only occasionally

Cake has lost its charm – and The Great British Bake Off is partly to blame.

17 Aug 2016

How breakfast became the brattiest meal of the day

The range of choice is turning us all into monsters.

12 Aug 2016

Why berries are the fruit of female solidarity

Berries helped create a society among women of mutual help and consideration.

9 Aug 2016

Are apples evil?

Apples have often been involved in man’s fall from grace.

1 Aug 2016

‘Perfect Instagram fodder’ – Rawligion reviewed

It’s not easy being green, as Van Morrison sang. It’s not cheap either. One of the chief criticisms of pretty-girl…

12 Jul 2016

A festival for the fable-minded

The annual shindig at Port Eliot in Cornwall mines a rich local seam of myth and eccentricity

11 Jun 2016

Amazon.grub

Violet Hudson throws a dinner party using Amazon’s food delivery service

4 Jun 2016