‘Like a book club — only with cake’

By Victoria Prever, October 18, 2012

Baking is sexy.

Cake-, bread- and biscuit-making is no longer bubbe’s domain. A series of whisk-wielding lovelies, headed up by Nigella Lawson and ex-model Lorraine Pasquale, have given it some serious glamour.


Beating the French at their own game

By Richard Ehrlich, October 11, 2012

Are you sitting down? Good. Then you will not faint in horror when I tell you about someone who owned a house in south-western France and who took with her, every time she drove to stay there, cases of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.


Hate olives? Here's the cure

By Anthea Gerrie, October 11, 2012

Olives are the marmite of fruit. There is no middle ground — either you love them or you hate them.


How to eat well: Is fasting the key to a longer life?

By Ian Marber, October 11, 2012

Trends in nutrition and dieting come and go as quickly as those in fashion, and thanks to tweets and messages I receive online, I can get a clear idea of what people are talking about, and what’s coming soon in the world of nutrition (Twitter affords me the equivalent of a front-row seat at a Burberry show).


Uncorking a wine revolution

By Stewart Price, October 4, 2012

In the past year, the number of kosher wine merchants in north London has almost doubled. Previously, the choice of kosher wine was limited to that sold in supermarkets and delicatessens or from the three existing stores — Sussers in Temple Fortune and The Grapevine’s two branches in Hendon and Stamford Hill.


How to eat well: Beware brand extension

By Ian Marber, September 27, 2012

In the age of the savvy consumer, brands offer a shorthand way of knowing what you are buying. Familiarity allows us to make a quick decision to purchase based on what we understand about the brand’s values, such as quality, consistency, provenance or history.


How to eat well: Sugar? I never touch the stuff

By Ian Marber, September 27, 2012

I am often asked what I eat, but rather than list everything, I find that it easier to say what I don’t eat.
Firstly, as I was born with coeliac disease, an intolerance to gluten, I can’t eat wheat, barley or rye. I have an unpleasant reaction, one that I will gloss over in print, to allium, especially garlic, raw onions and chives, so those are out too.


How Yotam Ottolenghi is inspired by Jerusalem’s culinary mish-mash

By Victoria Prever, September 20, 2012

Yotam Ottolenghi’s passion for the food of his homeland is no secret. Last year’s award-winning BBC4 documentary, Jerusalem on a Plate, was a very public love letter. Jerusalem’s food is, he says: “The perfect expression of a mish-mash of cultures”. It was this mixture of cuisines, he adds, that “inspired me to cook”.


The great New Year bake-off

By Anthea Gerrie, September 13, 2012

Every September since Israeli cake maestro Roy Levy was lured to Britain by the Gail’s bakery empire, he finds himself in demand.


Californians that really take the brisket

By Richard Ehrlich, September 13, 2012

I am surely not the only person whose favourite childhood moment of Rosh Hashanah came with the blowing of the shofar. I may sometimes have had trouble sitting still during the rest of the service, but the thrilling blasts roused me to instant alertness.