Nicholas Clee, the NS food columnist, is the author of Don’t Sweat the Aubergine: What Works in the Kitchen and Why (Short Books). He is a former editor of The Bookseller, and writes about books for papers including the Times, Guardian, and Times Literary Supplement.

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Food and Drink
20 September 2007
When you follow cookery writers over the course of their literary careers, you can be surprised to discover...
Food and Drink
06 September 2007
It is easy to get the idea that burning food is a mark of culinary expertise. In the 1960s and 1970s, the height of...
Food and Drink
23 August 2007
Why do things taste different in different places? I first became aware of this truth during the long, hot summer of...
Food and Drink
09 August 2007
A stew made with dried beans is one of the few hearty dishes that suit any season. It warms in winter, yet is good...
Food and Drink
26 July 2007
I have spent my adult life searching for a cheesecake as good as the one I used to eat as a student in Exeter. It was...
Food and Drink
12 July 2007
I have a glutton's attitude to cooking. I largely ignore the "too much of a good thing" rule; and I pay little heed to...
Food and Drink
28 June 2007
Am I imagining it, or are advertisements for barbecues unusually rare this summer? At a time when ecological...
Food and Drink
14 June 2007
With green vegetables at their best, now is a good time to make risotto. (The mushroom season is another good time.)...
Food and Drink
04 June 2007
It is a good idea, if you do not want assumption to degenerate into prejudice, to test statements about fundamental...
Food and Drink
21 May 2007
We home cooks are in a state of insecurity following an endorsement by Marco Pierre White - the first British chef to...
Food and Drink
07 May 2007
My first shopping basket on arriving in Normandy always includes a Camembert. I have to wait for market day for the...
Food and Drink
23 April 2007
Food in France triggers stock remarks. French food is so much better than ours, people say, because the French demand...
Food and Drink
09 April 2007
There was a classic example of the kind of unfeasible recipe I wrote about in my last column (26 March) in a recent...
Food and Drink
26 March 2007
After cooking for 30 years, I am at last learning not to be intimidated by recipes. When I read an instruction...
Food and Drink
12 March 2007
My mother was a hopeless chip fryer. An excellent though unpunctual cook, she turned out chips that were greasy on the...

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