Déjeuner sur l’herbe: the finest pleasures lie in the sensations that come with simple eating outdoors. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Ditch the posh stuff and enter picnic paradise
By Felicity Cloake - 30 July 12:51

Keep things streamlined on the food front, so as to leave more room on the rug for important stuff, such as people.

Mousie and some pals. Photo: Getty Images
All I care about is wine; all Mousie cares about is bread. And now we have a new housemate – Antie
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 July 11:32

My only consolation, as I now wonder what on earth I am going to put my Marmite on besides my finger, is that Mousie will have burst like a balloon with the amount he has eaten.

Dreams of a brave new meat-free future are just that: dreams. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self: Now I’m a vegetarian myself, I can say whatever the hell I like about it
By Will Self - 23 July 10:33

The only possible course for the ethical meat-eater is to accept that our diet, in common with so many other of our lifestyle choices, is a matter of what we feel comfortable with, and to leave it at that.

A delicious life: Jane Grigson in the kitchen with her daughter, Sophie. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Rex
Jane Grigson: the woman whose words you'll want to eat
By Felicity Cloake - 09 July 10:01

Grigson's recipes still have the power to surprise – God knows what readers in 1971 made of sushi with sweet beans – and her enthusiasm for her subject is utterly infectious.

Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self takes afternoon tea at the Savoy
By Will Self - 02 July 8:58

It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet and soup kitchen combined.

Sangiovese grapes, the variety used to make the Brunello di Montalcino wine. Photo: Getty Images
The grape that brought power to the people
By Nina Caplan - 25 June 10:31

In wine, the tendrils of power spread like well-nourished vines, wrapping around some surprising edifices.

Illustration: Jackson Rees
Call me a jerk, but I can’t get enough of biltong (and all the other stiff meat that’s been hung out to dry)
By Will Self - 18 June 12:38

I happened to walk into a shop near Richmond Park and found scores if not hundreds of withered and skinny dicks dangling from the ceiling.

The best option may be to eat a little, carefully selected meat. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Have we passed “peak vegetarianism”?
By Julian Baggini - 11 June 8:56

The vegetarian movement has ground to a halt.

Red wine being poured in Paris. Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
An inspired sommelier loves two things at least as much as wine: people and stories
By Nina Caplan - 04 June 9:34

I’ve nothing against celebrated wines: enormous care and attention goes into their creation. Still, a little imagination is a heavenly thing.

Eruptions of sugar-encrusted delight: English bakers conjure up endless variations on a traditional treat. Photo: Getty
All hail the common bun, the grace of our nation
By Felicity Cloake - 28 May 15:21

A few years ago, the Great British Bun was in danger of extinction. Then, like a well-proofed dough, it rose again.

A man (not Will Self) surveys an array of spoons. Illustration: Jackson Rees
The changing fortunes of my family can be measured in our use of the humble spoon
By Will Self - 28 May 13:00

When it to comes to putting stuff in your mouth, only the spoon will do.

The Breakfast in Bed Café is a desperate cry for help – Ikea should stick to meatballs and sofas
By Eleanor Margolis - 20 May 17:00

Why I hate the pathetic prescribed quirkiness of Ikea's new bed-based coffee house.

Why women are becoming the key ingredient in making and marketing wine
By Frances Robinson - 18 May 13:21

What does the success of the Féminalise Wine Competition tell us about wine and women?

Deconstructing the tomato: elBulli mastermind Ferran Adrià’s academic fixation with food
By Ian Steadman - 11 May 16:45

elBulli's new project will "shift the paradigm" in molecular gastronomy.

Soaking up the sun: another distinctive vintage rises through scrubland in a valley Down Under. Photo: Mehdi Chebil/Polaris/Eyevine
The freedom of Australian vineyards leaves tasters spoilt for choice
By Nina Caplan - 23 April 17:50

Before I even got near the reds, I found myself thinking of a short story by Tolstoy, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”.

Green bananas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Jack Monroe on Ed's two kitchens, leaving Labour – and why it's time to go bananas
By Jack Monroe - 27 March 11:56

Labour’s last straw was the “immigrants and benefits” scaremongering in one of its national leaflets. That’s not the party I joined. But it’s the party I left.

Wine being poured. Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Image
Wine with vindaloo: a tale of two settlers
By Nina Caplan - 26 March 10:24

Despite all its associations, vinha d’alhos is a mongrel dish - and the fraught question of what we ought to drink needs an international answer.

Illustration by Jackson Rees.
In which I suspend belief in Branson while contemplating the Virgin snack box
By Will Self - 19 March 12:19

In this week's Real Meals, Will Self resists the parliamentarian-endorsed temptations of a mainline skeuomorph.

Bread and wine. Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images
This week, I get thrown out of the oldest restaurant in London on account of my naughty language
By Nicholas Lezard - 19 March 12:01

There's some joy to be taken in the long lunch - as long as someone else is paying.

Peppers for sale at a market in Italy. Photo: Andreas Solara/AFP/Getty Images
So hot right now: the peppers that prove there's a perv in all of us
By Felicity Cloake - 19 March 11:54

My eyes and my nose streamed, it felt like someone had stuck a red hot poker through both of my ears and my heart was dancing a fast polka in my chest, but I also felt weirdly euphoric.

Do it for the vine. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Nip across the border to sample the ancient vines
By Nina Caplan - 05 March 9:31

Spain and Portugal may have settled their differences, but when it comes to grapes, it's not so simple.

Kelly Gissendaner chose junk food for her last meal. Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images
Why are we so fascinated by the macabre ritual of the death row last meal?
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 March 16:25

Kelly Gissendaner, due to be the first woman executed by the US state of Georgia in 70 years, chose a feast of junk food for her last meal. Her selection has been pored over by the media – why?

Bundles of rare delight: the flavours of dim sum in Shanghai are unlike anything you’ll discover at your local. Photo: ROB HOWARD/CORBIS
Snow fungus and braised frog: in search of real Chinese food
By Felicity Cloake - 26 February 10:22

If you know where to look, you can get a long way from virulent orange sauce and “chips, not rice”.

More pancake is better pancake. Photo: Getty Images
Using bad science to create the perfect Pancake Day recipe
By Ian Steadman - 17 February 10:41

Lots of places claim to have the “perfect” pancake recipe – but here’s how to guarantee the best results. Maybe.

A glass of wine in Savoie. Photo: William Craig Moyes
The grapes of sloth: Nina Caplan relaxes in Savoie's vineyards
By Nina Caplan - 12 February 10:52

Buckets, bobsleds and a battery-powered bike.

Marmalade on toast. Photo: Rex features
Why marmalade endures: the tale of a bear and his favourite preserve
By Felicity Cloake - 05 February 10:10

It's a food Felicity Cloake has enjoyed since childhood. Now Paddington is helping to revive flagging marmalade sales.

Ramekin disaster. Illustration: Jackson Rees
Will Self: Why I hate ramekins
By Will Self - 05 February 10:08

I may be late to the party, but I am tough on ramekin – and on the causes of ramekin.

Turner's Field of Waterloo. Photo: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge/Bridgeman Images
What Turner drank after a day sketching carnage
By Nina Caplan - 21 January 11:08

Nina Caplan drinks German wine and contemplates J M W Turner’s work on war.

A culinary clean slate. Photo: Gallery Stock.
Felicity Cloake: let’s face it, detox diets are making fools of us
By Felicity Cloake - 15 January 10:26

In many ways, January diets are as self-indulgent as the Christmas binge.