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Male brains wired to ignore food in favour of sex, study shows

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The Kitchen Thinker: why dodgy curries are a food crime

An odd-tasting takeaway could be evidence of a wider food scandal or even another "horsegate"<p>It's Friday night, and you notice that your takeaway lamb dhansak tastes wrong. The meat is oddly porky and smells iffy. What do you do? Maybe you wait until Monday morning to complain to a trading …

'Drink London: The 100 Best Bars and Pubs' by Euan Ferguson

Buy this book<p><b>5 stars<br>Frances Lincoln, £9.99</b><p>Man walks into a bar... and then another bar, and another, and another. Fear not, this isn't a case for …

England

Growing A Garden Packed With Healthy Superfoods Could Be Easier Than You Think

Green-fingered foodies take note: if your fridge is stocked with the best superfoods that money can buy, then the following advice should certainly …

Why I Have a Problem With Celebrity Chefs

Between Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Yottam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay, the UK has a serious amount of celebrity chefs. While I …

Do men and women cook differently?

Men cook to compete, women to cook to nurture - are our assumptions about the way men and women cook really true, asks Jake Wallis Simons<p>It was my wife who first brought it to my attention. Well, her and Nancy Birtwhistle, the 60-year-old grandmother from Lincolnshire who <b>won the Great British Bake</b> …

My First Perfect Omelet: Great Chefs Remember

So simple yet impossible to master, the omelet is a milestone in any chef's career. Here are 9 top chefs who remember making their first perfect omelet<p>Requiring a delicate touch, a precision sense of time, and an almost intuitive feel for the egg (one of the most finicky but essential staples of …

Breakfast

The perfect pub: is there one left in Britain?

Villages with pubs at their heart enjoy greater community spirit, a new study finds. We report on our obsession with finding the perfect local<p>Twenty years ago, John Major was ridiculed when he promised that, 50 years hence, Britain would “survive unamendable in all essentials”, with “old maids …

Creamy Cauliflower and Bacon Soup Recipe

Cauliflower gets a flavor-packed, smoky jolt from bacon in this creamy, comforting soup. It's simple to make and reheats beautifully.<p><b>Why this recipe works</b>:<p>Cauliflower and bacon are natural-born partners. By first rendering bacon fat and then using it as the base for our soup, we create extra layers …

The best Halloween food ideas and recipes

There are few occasions which provide as much opportunity for fun in the kitchen as Halloween. From toffee apples to garishly-decorated cakes, it is the perfect excuse to channel your inner child.<p>Pumpkins are often just used for jack 'o' lanterns, but they taste delicious, especially when roasted: …

National Curry Week: how to make the perfect curry

Top chefs and food writers share their top tips on how to cook authentic homemade curry<p><b>Vivek Singh, chef and owner of London's Cinnamon restaurants</b><p>Whenever possible, use meat on the bone. It provides the curries with much more depth and flavour. And always add whole spices to hot oil, and allow the …

Spices

Why do McDonald's hamburgers never rot? Fast-food chain opens its factory doors

McDonald's launches US campaign to address urban myths and confirm that there are no worms in its beef<p>McDonald's has launched a US campaign to address a number of "urban myths", such as why its burgers apparently never rot.<p>The world's biggest hamburger chain allowed cameras into its Fresno, …