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OFM’s classic cookbooks: Lulu’s Provençal Table by Richard Olney

In 1994, revered food writer Richard Olney gathered recipes from his favourite cook. The result, Lulu’s Provençal Table, is timeless, says Simon Hopkinson<p>Having driven Richard Olney and our friend Jill Norman down the precipitous road that drops from Richard’s home into the village, his directions …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

Family life: Grandma’s theatrical calling card, I’d Really Love to See You Tonight, Nanna’s scone pudding

This photograph shows my grandmother’s theatrical calling card from the 1920s, when Norah Ada Beatrice Levy became the cheerfully named Molly O’Day. With fashionable, flapper finger-waves in her hair and a fur collar framing her face, she was a coy soubrette. Born in Camberwell, south London, in …

Readers’ recipe swap: Raspberries | Rosie Reynolds

Our guest recipe tester was bowled over by your ideas for her favourite bobbly fruit<p>Next time we would love to see your recipes for <b>grated</b>. <b>Upload</b>: <b>theguardian.com/witness</b><b>; email</b>: recipes@theguardian.com; or <b>post them</b> on Instagram @guardian_cook by noon on Weds 8 June.<p>Raspberries are merry-making …

Recipes

Diane Greene wants to put the enterprise front and center of Google Cloud strategy

When Google bought bebop Technologies last fall for $348 million, it got more than a stealthy startup. It also landed Diane Greene as executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise — and that perhaps was the bigger prize.<p>Greene brought with her years of industry experience, having co-founded …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

Fit, macho, sexy: the reinvention of vegans

Veganism is losing its hippy image and being embraced by everyone from Beyoncé to UFC fighters. Could the movement go mainstream – and what do committed ‘real’ vegans make of the newcomers?<p>If you want to see the face – or, to be more accurate, the body – of the new wave of veganism, head to the …

Rachel Roddy’s chocolate almond cake recipe | A Kitchen in Rome

A dense, moist, speckled beauty, this no-fuss nutty chocolate almond cake was inspired by Anna Del Conte’s daughter, and will fit in for elevenses, 4 o’clock tea, or as a pudding with cold cream in Italy and beyond ...<p>When we were little my mum used to make a date loaf. It was reliable rather than …

This Is the Ultimate Bar Knife

Looking for something to buy the cocktail lover in your life?<p>Until recently, I was satisfied with my bar knife—the small paring knife I use to strip …

A psychologist looked at over 50 years of research on creativity — here’s what he found

Indeed, deliberate practice can help you master new skills.<p>Deliberate practice involves a series of techniques designed to learn efficiently and purposefully.<p>This involves goal setting, breaking down complex tasks into chunks, developing highly complex and sophisticated representations of possible …

The French sure know how to celebrate their cauliflower | Letters

Re “How the cauli got hip” (G2, 14 April), on a trip to France a few years ago we booked a night in St-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, both en route south and at the end of our holiday. It’s a lovely town but, like many places in northern France, deserted in August, so we felt we’d “done” the place that first …

The navy sails on its stomach – its personnel need good food | Dr Andrew Murrison

Complaints about the meals at HMS Sultan must be taken seriously – the physical health and morale of the armed forces depend upon decent fare<p>Related: Navy helicopter starts new career as holiday home<p>A century ago this year, Lloyd George introduced conscription. Many of those called up started to …

Easy Ottolenghi: pudding recipes

• Kaffir lime posset with fresh papaya<br>• Roast rhubarb with lavender<br>• Apricot galettes<p>Use fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves for this, because dried ones just aren’t the same. They keep well in the freezer, so there’s no need to worry about using up the whole bag; you’ll have plenty of time to use …

Cooking

Easy Ottolenghi: vegetable recipes

• Roast cauliflower with chorizo and green olives<br>• Shallow-fried new potatoes with rosemary and sumac<br>• Carrot and pomelo salad<br>• Rainbow chard with orange, garlic and caraway<br>• Spring greens soup with wild garlic pesto<br>• Roast sweet potatoes with miso glaze<br>• Fried broccoli and kale with garlic, cumin …

Sweet Potatoes

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

A Master Of Science Visualization Animates Deadly Viruses

Using the Protein Data Bank, an illustrator puts a new spin on molecular science.<p>Twenty-three-year-old Seattle-based designer Eleanor Lutz is one of our favorite practitioners of the art of the science visualization, but it’s been a while since we last heard from her. Her latest work was worth the …

Infographics

7 Delicious Recipes for Tender Spareribs

Get ready for grilling season.<p>There's nothing more satisfying than juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. Get ready for spring and summer grilling …

Cooking

The Human Body's Complicated Relationship With Fungi

When it comes to the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies, bacteria get almost all the attention.<p>Changes in our resident microbiota and their collective genome — called the microbiome — have been linked with a wide range of diseases, from various forms of arthritis to depression. At …

Microbiology

Crumbs of comfort: the secret to great meatballs and fishcakes – Yotam Ottolenghi recipes

From breadcrumbs to bulgur, pasta to couscous, the addition of some grain to your meatball or fishcake mix will make a world of difference<p>I went to stay with my parents over Easter. The predictability of my mother cooking meatballs when we get together is, for me, one of life’s great comforts. I …

Recipes

Historic recipes: savoury rice pudding

Rice might be commonplace today, but once it was an expensive import found only on the tables of kings. This dish – unlike its modern cousin – is unsweetened and cooked with beef broth<p>Cookery writer Dorothy Hartley wrote in Food in England (1954) that “East End women make a rice pudding using broth …

Grain man: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for rice suppers

There’s no great skill needed to cook rice properly – other than choosing the right rice for the job in the first place<p>Inever understood why people are intimidated by cooking rice – until I started reading up on it. The more you read, the more you learn how many varieties there are (more than …

Recipes

The two bakery secrets that make this babka better than the rest

In some circles, I’m acknowledged as a “Jewish baking goddess,” so it was a shock to discover that when it came to babka, I knew what I knew — but apparently there was more.<p>The classic loaf I had been teaching for years is a really good babka. But it’s not The Babka of the Hour. Babka, it should be …

Dessert

A physics professor lays out a scientific explanation for why some people are successful and others aren't

This is an interesting question, which, as usual, means it's important, a bit vague, and difficult.<p>The answer surely depends heavily upon precisely what you mean by "intelligent" and "successful."<p>I'll take a somewhat different approach than some of the other replies and tell you about a study of …

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

Robin Hood

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language | Cathleen O'Grady

A new study highlights a fascinating idea for using a multisensory neurological condition to explore bigger psychological questions<p>When we speak, listen, read, or write, almost all of the language processing that happens in our brains goes on below the level of conscious awareness. We might be …

Neurophilosophy

The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal

From Indonesia to Latin America, Russia to Japan, metal is taking hold<p>Today’s “world music” isn’t Peruvian pan flutes or African talking drums. It’s loud guitars, growling vocals and ultrafast “blast” beats. Heavy metal has become the unlikely soundtrack of globalization.<p>Indonesia is a metal …

Latin America

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

Psychology

Why Mistakes Are Often Repeated

Several recent studies show how the brain fails to learn from past experience, dooming us to relive our errors.<p>If there’s anything that stings more than wasting good money on a subpar outing, it’s doing so repeatedly—but still, the depths of TripAdvisor teem with accounts of mistakes that were made …

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain