"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.

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?

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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.

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.

Will Self: Itsu is the perfect food for keyboard rifflers terrified they're turning into sludge
By Will Self - 17 October 15:25

That food should be subject to the most ruthless commoditisation under late capitalism is only to be expected, but that we should for one second allow ourselves to enjoy it is a miserable and gut-wrenching experience.

What the duffin tells us about the power of the PR machine
By Rachel McCormack - 10 October 13:37

There are precious few options left to tiny fish left in a sea of trademarking sharks.

New Statesman
Putting bacteria back into our food, one pickle at a time
By Felicity Cloake - 10 October 10:36

For millennia, all pickles were living things, home to an invisible mass of microbes. Now they often only live in sterile vinegar - but we need to put the bacteria back, for the sake of our health.

New Statesman
Will Self on how to rescue our lives from marketers and margherita pizzas
By Will Self - 03 October 10:14

To examine the photographs in Little Frankie’s with attention would be to rescue all these lived lives from the great shingly erosions of late capitalism. But let’s just eat junk food at low prices instead.

A multi-layered bagel sandwich includes cream cheese, lox, lettuce, egg salad
Making 300 sandwiches in exchange for marriage is sinister and degrading, not romantic
By Sarah Ditum - 26 September 11:42

Marriage surely cannot be bought for the bargain price of 300 sandwiches, but a New York Post reporter is attempting to do just that. Sarah Ditum shares her recipe for true love (which oddly enough, isn't bread-based).

Cracking the codes on an Italian bottle
By Nina Caplan - 26 September 7:20

The Italians don't make it easy, but a sure bet is to choose a wine that grew up alongside the food you're eating.

New Statesman
The fine art of a thrifty kitchen
By Felicity Cloake - 19 September 8:53

Eating the last of the Sunday roast with fried rice on Thursday or freezing cheap berries as a winter treat feels, in a small way, like beating the system.

Steak and chips.
You need a beefy red when you have a cow, man!
By Nina Caplan - 05 September 10:40

What should one drink with a steak? The answer isn't always obvious.

True barbecue’s a game of smoke and dithers
By Felicity Cloake - 30 August 9:46

Britain has finally been bitten by the barbecue bug.