Why wine experts are so easy to con

A new documentary shows that gullibility goes with the glugging in the world of fine wine

My DIY dinner at the Ikea restaurant

The Swedish flatpack furniture giant has opened a London eatery

Shetland is the place for perfect fish and chips

The chefs at Frankie’s take fish and chips seriously. And it shows

From fishers of men to Filet-O-Fish

The Christian story behind the famous fish burger.

A pavlova for glamorous women and stoic girls

This is the most impossibly bewitching pudding.

Cafe society for Hampstead intellectuals

The Coffee Cup isn’t a restaurant. It’s a place where you can have food.

The enigma of the egg

They are a great mystery and a great leveller; a simple thing that can be eaten a hundred ways.

Wake up to the English version of the croissant

Not all buns are created equal. So let me introduce you to the mother bun, the bun to end all buns: the morning scroll bun.

How gentrification killed the jellied eel

Jellied eels were London’s original fast food. That was, until the hipsters arrived in the East End.

The undertaker who gave us all a morbid fear of eating fat

Fleshy hips and heaving bosoms used to be revered. So where did it all go wrong?

The Sunday roast is dying – and the Tories are to blame

Mrs Thatcher introduced the first bill to allow for Sunday trading in 1986; then the change ultimately happened under John Major.

A strawberry cheesecake for the Great British Summer

It’s easy to forget quite how joyful strawberries are when you’ve been eating them for 28 years.

Let us eat cake – but only occasionally

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

In defence of dinner parties

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

There like a shot: where to eat grouse on the Glorious Twelfth

A guide for anyone stuck in the capital rather than a grouse moor.

How breakfast became the brattiest meal of the day

The range of choice is turning us all into monsters.

The joy of ugly food

It’s time to embrace ugliness in cooking.

Can I convince my father to like chicken?

He is eighty one, walks with a cane, and is a traditional sort of British gent. And he has never liked chicken.

Cake expectations: A guide to afternoon tea

It’s one of the great English contributions to civilisation, this mid-afternoon break for tea and cake.

Why berries are the fruit of female solidarity

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