Soon, you won't even need a liquid to get drunk. Photo: Getty
Powdered alcohol will appeal to young drinkers, despite what the makers say
By Jane Binakonsky - 25 April 9:44

Alcohol in powdered sachet form: what could possibly go wrong?

Image: Bridgeman Art Library
Brace yourself for seven days of Super Tuscans
By Nina Caplan - 17 April 16:07

An enoteca in Spitalfields, east London, will be selling a different Tuscan red by the glass each day, with dishes to match.

Hogging the myth: an “authentic pizza” stall at a village fair in Somma Vesuviana, near Naples. Photo: Antonio Zambardino/Contrasto/Redux
When it comes to food, authentic doesn’t always mean good
By Felicity Cloake - 08 April 11:18

Can only native Italians bake real pizza and must they hail from Naples for it to be authentic?

The only crisp that matters: Quentin Crisp photographed in 1981. Photo: Getty
Is there anything – and I mean anything – more useless and destructive than an artisan crisp?
By Will Self - 04 April 19:55

Cardamom and fenugreek, garlic and chilli, black pepper and sea salt: just some of the grotesque additives with which these Shropshire smallholders coat their death discs.

Unintelligent design: winemakers deliberately created an unsatisfying mixture of Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Pinotage – a bad idea that became a national flag
By Nina Caplan - 28 March 11:20

The new multicultural South Africa should stop banging on about Pinotage and embrace Cinsault, a French grape so cosmopolitan that it’s even comfortable with curry.

Jailbird words: novelist Albertine Sarrazin in 1965. (Photo: Getty)
Patti Smith: why Albertine Sarrazin is the rebel author I can't put down
By Patti Smith - 20 March 10:00

French-Algerian writer Sarrazin was in prison for armed robbery when she wrote her autobiographical first novel. The singer-songwriter Patti Smith celebrates a book that guided her through her youth.

A Worcestershire gardener uses army surplus metal pyramids to force rhubarb in 1962. (Photo: Getty)
Who knew rhubarb had a dark side?
By Felicity Cloake - 13 March 13:15

The dark underworld of West Yorkshire rhubarb forcing.

Pizza the action: Ellen orders takeout for the Oscars. (Photo: Getty)
Punters will always want to eat when at the cinema. It’s time for the film-tailored menu
By Will Self - 13 March 13:13

Cinemas warn you to put your mobile phones on silent but say nothing about the clash of jaws or the gargling of gullets.

Clash of the tartans: English cider at the Highland games in Tomintoul, north-east Scotland. Photo: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
How Scotland got crafty with beer and fooled the English with gin
By Nina Caplan - 06 March 10:06

It's not all about whisky north of the border.

The Vegetable Gardener by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
From food and shelter to Nigella and Kirstie: the rise of lifestyle
By Jane Shilling - 06 March 10:02

Two new books on cooking and interiors explore 20th century society's biggest paradigm shift.

"You’ve got soup. Why haven’t I got any soup?" barks a demanding Withnail
The Swedish menu: Bong water and a casserole beyond William Burroughs’s worst nightmares
By Nicholas Lezard - 28 February 16:19

Searching in vain for chicken soup in Gothenburg.

Little Chef – the big man of motorway service stations. Photo: Getty.
Stop off at the roadside garage for petrol, some crisps, Zovirax, porcini and a cup of crappuccino
By Will Self - 20 February 11:37

No one in their right mind would ever visit a garage for the love of gastronomy, yet everybody who’s passing through seizes the opportunity to put something in their mouth.

Here’s to sherry: the king of old world drinking
By Nina Caplan - 13 February 8:39

Look beyond your nana to the mysteries of sherry.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z snacking at Madison Square Garden in New York
I’d rather binge on booze than self-denial
By Felicity Cloake - 12 February 10:12

Please, don’t tell me about your pious dry January.

The Drunk Women’s Manifesto
By Rhiannon and Holly - 11 February 17:27

It’s time for a new conception of acceptable female drinking, one that doesn’t cut the drinking short at half a glass delicately-sipped Babycham.

Moses said unto the Israelites: “This is the hand-made quail wrap the Lord hath given you”
By Will Self - 06 February 16:25

The wrap is still more fundamental to western Judaeo-Christian and Islamic culture than we perhaps care to acknowledge.

It’s time to eat a pizzarito and get your freekeh on
By Felicity Cloake - 30 January 17:07

Burritos are mating with pizzas: 2014 will be another year of great food produced by culture clashes.

Don’t have a dry January: learn to lick the wine list
By Nina Caplan - 23 January 18:19

Red alert: “dry January” is no fun so drink selectively instead.

Will Self: In defence of jam, that gooey ambrosia
By Will Self - 22 January 9:31

Jam is not a food – it is the food and no survey of the true eating habits of our commonwealth would be complete without spreading this good news.

Against the horror of the bottomless “pie”– it's just stew with a pastry hat
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 January 10:09

The disillusionment of plunging a fork into something that claims to be a pie, and almost immediately hitting plate, is like no other.

Kebab.
Midnight in Paris, choosing between three white Twixes and a bouquet of hot gleet
By Will Self - 31 December 17:00

You know how it is when you eat something just knowing it’s going to make you feel sick - worse than that, when you begin eating the sick-making food already nauseous, yet munch on just the same?

New Statesman
Bring back things in aspic and caviar Swiss rolls
By Felicity Cloake - 13 December 18:12

Here's a friendly piece of advice: a conscientious host should "exercise some ingenuity over the eats. It may not merely be a jaded appetite, but a connoisseur in food who comes to her informal party."

The White House is playing Hunger Games with its presidential turkeys
By Ian Steadman - 26 November 16:24

It's traditional for the US president to pardon a turkey every year before Christmas - and this year, the people are being given a vote on which one to save.

Woodland mushroom–picking has become a big business
Truffle trouble, forest conservation and the mushroom mafia
By Felicity Cloake - 20 November 5:54

Mycological mayhem in Epping Forest.

Will Self: state cops, FBI letter jackets and celebrity sandwiches
By Will Self - 14 November 16:17

"In Boston, I deliberate between the Fiscal Cliff with blue cheese and the Mark Zuckerburger."

New Statesman
Life in the Freezer Cabinet: The strange tale of Iceland food
By Rachel Cooke - 14 November 11:20

The cheap food store doesn't care for PR, and prides itself on transforming communities, one Bubble Bobble Prawn at a time.

New Statesman
How can we make aeroplane food worth eating?
By Felicity Cloake - 07 November 6:40

In 1958 the International Air Transport Organisation upheld a complaint by Pan Am that the sandwiches served by European competitors amounted to “a fancy meal”, ruling in future they must be “unadorned, self-contained and not include such fillings as cavi

Marijuana activists.
In contemporary Britain, to be stone-cold sober all the time is the real lunacy
By Will Self - 24 October 7:20

There's plenty of marijuana-smoking and khat-chewing on my doorstep - in the park it's all good fun. It's in the park where things get wiggy.

New Statesman
Jesus was a beer drinker
By Nina Caplan - 17 October 15:29

Beer can feel like a club that doesn’t want me as a member and I’m no Groucho Marx.

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