Wine & Food

How to bake perfect brioche

Creating beautiful brioche takes planning, perseverance and a whole lot of eggs

21 Sep 2016

Mussel memories: How to cook perfect moules marinière

Knocking up a steaming bowl of moules is quick, easy and guaranteed to conjure the holiday spirit at home

16 Sep 2016

Forget claret and California, Rhône is the ruler of the reds

Uncorking a bottle of rouge from the Rhône is the perfect way to celebrate International Grenache Day

16 Sep 2016

How gruel became cool

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

15 Sep 2016

Why wine experts are so easy to con

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

15 Sep 2016

My DIY dinner at the Ikea restaurant

The Swedish flatpack furniture giant has opened a London eatery

14 Sep 2016

Great British Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 is a recipe for disaster

The BBC is surely the true home of GBBO

13 Sep 2016

Shetland is the place for perfect fish and chips

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

9 Sep 2016

From fishers of men to Filet-O-Fish

The Christian story behind the famous fish burger.

7 Sep 2016

A pavlova for glamorous women and stoic girls

This is the most impossibly bewitching pudding.

6 Sep 2016

Cafe society for Hampstead intellectuals

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

5 Sep 2016

The enigma of the egg

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

31 Aug 2016

The eccentric vegetarian’s guide to crusading against carnivores

They’re going to lose, one day soon.

26 Aug 2016

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.

26 Aug 2016

How gentrification killed the jellied eel

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

25 Aug 2016

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?

24 Aug 2016

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.

22 Aug 2016

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.

19 Aug 2016

A post-Brexit meal with London’s Italians

Anchovies, ravioli and Italian gin

19 Aug 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

When did it become a crime to be rude to waiters?

It has become a modern faux pas

15 Aug 2016

In defence of dinner parties

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

15 Aug 2016

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.

12 Aug 2016

How breakfast became the brattiest meal of the day

The range of choice is turning us all into monsters.

12 Aug 2016

The joy of ugly food

It’s time to embrace ugliness in cooking.

12 Aug 2016

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.

10 Aug 2016