Food and Drink
29 May 2006
What's the first food we remember? Milk, I suppose. My mother tells the tale of valiantly trying to breastfeed twins,...
Food and Drink
15 May 2006
In England I live in concrete in the inner city, where a single weed sprouting up through a crack in the pavement makes...
Food and Drink
01 May 2006
Running away from home at the age of nine, I took care to pack my bag with food. I took a couple of slabs of cake...
Food and Drink
24 April 2006
My dear neighbour Claude used to come round at this time of year and pick dandelions from my garden for his rabbits....
Food and Drink
10 April 2006
Jesus leaps in the tomb and the Simnel cake leaps in the oven. You don't have to be Christian to celebrate Easter, that...
Food and Drink
27 March 2006
Still racing after ideas for good fast food that can be cooked at home, I have decided that quick preparation is the...
Food and Drink
13 March 2006
Slow food and slow cooking are all very well if you are in the right mood and have got enough time, but occasionally...
Food and Drink
27 February 2006
Catholics eat God at Mass. In Munich, that centre of Bavarian Catholicism, you can eat angels. First you stamp them out...
Food and Drink
13 February 2006
Gastroporn means TV chefs' gorgeous, pouting recipes. We gaze, salivate, but don't cook. Why mock this practice? Only...
Food and Drink
30 January 2006
Leeks look beautiful growing, their criss-cross pattern of green leaves, tightly enfolded, breaking out into a fan at...
Books
23 January 2006
Simone de Beauvoir has inspired countless others by her writings and by the unconventional life she necessarily lived...
Food and Drink
16 January 2006
As a child I hated butchers' shops: the stink of blood soaking into sawdust, the whack of knife edges on purple flesh,...
Food and Drink
19 December 2005
My first Christmas dinner of the season took place in Norwich. A group of academic colleagues - teachers of literature...
Food and Drink
05 December 2005
Stir up, stir up our hearts, O Lord. That collect, read out in Anglican churches in early Advent, signals to domestic...
Food and Drink
21 November 2005
A single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want not of a wife but of a cookery book. The celibate hero/...

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