Books
02 October 2006
Bad food is not just a matter of taste. It is a question of morals. Writing in 1820, Frederick Accum attacked the many...
Food and Drink
26 June 2006
Who is the one historical figure that every British primary-school child now studies? Not Hitler - he is too upsetting...
Books
17 October 2005
Pick up the average glossy magazine, and you will be assaulted with directly opposing directives. Some of them command...
Food and Drink
01 August 2005
In later life, he was known for fasting, but that does not mean that Mahatma Gandhi was indifferent to good food....
Food and Drink
18 July 2005
Queen's pudding. Manchester tart. Apple meringue pie. Pineapple sponge. Date pudding and custard. Banana jelly with...
Food and Drink
04 July 2005
Midsummer madness in Britain involves surprise urban picnics regardless of the weather. A pause in the drizzle, after a...
Books
14 February 2005
Fast food is not one of George Eliot's most common themes. Food in general does not receive much scrutiny in her novels...
Books
08 November 2004
In the 17th century, coffee houses were sites of bad coffee and radical politics. The coffee has got better, but the...
Food and Drink
18 October 2004
One reason to buy The Alice B Toklas Cookbook, in student days, was Toklas's recipe called "haschich fudge", prudently...
Books
13 September 2004
While grating some into a cake mixture or a dish of spinach, I have often thought that nutmegs, with their dull brown...
Food and Drink
28 June 2004
Dining rooms will soon be obsolete, if they are not so already. The phrase sounds almost Victorian. Ten years ago, when...
Books
31 May 2004
For most of us, vanilla is an innocent-seeming pleasure. It is the flavour of sponge cake and custard, and the most...
Books
10 May 2004
Playwright Nathaniel Lee's line "They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me" kept...
Books
23 February 2004
Culpeper. Hearing this name nowadays, you will think, likely as not, of that nice chain of shops. The ones with the...
Books
15 December 2003
''When the great morning came Mr Salteena did not have an egg for his breakfast in case he should be sick on the jorney...

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