Food and Drink
01 March 2004
In moments of idleness or depression, I sometimes tell myself I would like to be a bon vivant. Not that I have a very...
Food and Drink
16 February 2004
Last weekend, I contributed to the ongoing depletion of stocks of the world's most popular fish by purchasing some salt...
Food and Drink
02 February 2004
For much of my childhood, bread played a big part in my life. When I began at my London primary school, school dinners...
Books
26 January 2004
Tessa Hadley has written just two novels and a handful of short stories. Yet already she possesses a distinctive voice...
Food and Drink
19 January 2004
If you want an objective assessment of New York's cooking, it's probably best not to ask a New Yorker. Most New Yorkers...
Food and Drink
15 December 2003
The past year has not been a vintage one for cookery books. Unlike 2002, in which new works from Jamie Oliver, Nigella...
Food and Drink
08 December 2003
City types are not renowned for leading temperate lifestyles. A job in London's financial district has many attractions...
Culture
24 November 2003
To judge from two of its recent films, Norway is a country with a higher-than-average number of dysfunctional single...
Food and Drink
17 November 2003
When, earlier this year, the French Laundry in California topped Restaurant magazine's annual poll of the world's best...
Food and Drink
03 November 2003
One of the (few) drawbacks of working at the New Statesman is that our offices are situated in a part of London, next...
Lifestyle
20 October 2003
''I am not a role model," the basketball player Charles Barkley announced in a 1993 Nike advert. "I am not paid to be a...
Books
20 October 2003
In a recent column in the Times, Rod Liddle, the former editor of the Today programme, criticised British novelists for...
Food and Drink
20 October 2003
Autumn offers the food lover many delights. The arrival of the game season provides a welcome respite from the rest of...
Food and Drink
06 October 2003
Being a chef is not like other jobs. I can state this with certainty, because I used to be one. During and immediately...
Books
22 September 2003
Tom Janeway, the protagonist of Jonathan Raban's second novel, is a middle-aged novelist who emigrated from London to...

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