Rachel Johnson: everyone in my family is getting quince paste for Christmas

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Making membrillo is a balm to the soul this autumn

Prue Leith: When did the Samaritans lose their way?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

In the past few weeks, on three separate occasions, I have met three different women who for years (one for…

What made the Two Fat Ladies great

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Mary Berry’s dependable The Aga Book — a book of the last century and part of my kitchen library —…

A gratifying evocation of 1960s sweets – but I wanted more: Toast reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Nigel Slater is popular because he’s an exceptionally meek cook. Not for him the sprawling restaurant empire or the transatlantic…

Gas vs inductions hobs: is there any competition?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Induction hobs are all the rage, but nothing beats gas

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Even professional cooks can muck everything up

Recipe: Kedgeree

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Kedgeree is the most regal of all Anglo-Indian dishes

Even the BBC’s recipes are politically correct

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I’m cooking almost full-time for my poor old Mum and learning on the job: shepherd’s pie, roast pork, cauliflower cheese.…

‘Pastry Cook of Cagnes’, 1922, by Chaïm Soutine

The painter who devoted himself to turning kitchen-weary men into kings and popes

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Chaïm Soutine turned kitchen-weary men into monarchs and popes, says Laura Freeman

How can I stop a friend posting photos on Instagram of my parties?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. We have received a ‘save the week’ card from friends who take a villa abroad every year. We usually…

Meeting Martin McGuinness: when I saw the mask slip

25 March 2017 9:00 am

We keep being incited to find it heartwarming that Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were known as the Chuckle Brothers.…

I’m far too right-wing for quinoa

22 October 2016 9:00 am

After the Fawlty Towers incident, I decided it was best to research the origin and extraction of all future B&B…

I’m selling our Aga. Here’s why

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The case against Britain’s most overrated kitchen appliance

The Food Programme is a miracle of radio

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Cooking really shouldn’t make good radio. On television, it’s already frustrating that you can’t taste what you’re seeing, but on…

A few things you didn't know about the Great British Bake Off – such as how it's all faked

27 August 2016 9:00 am

You know when late summer has arrived because conkers are starting to form on the horse chestnuts, your eagerness to…

Penelope Lively’s notebook: Coal holes and pub opera

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I have been having my vault done over. Not, as you might think, the family strong room, but the place…

What Quique Dacosta knows that Picasso didn’t

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Chefs have a problem. Think of much of the best food you have ever eaten. Caviar, English native oysters, sashimi,…

Rory Sutherland: Why don't Americans have kettles?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I enjoy reading reviews of kitchen gadgetry. Clever new kitchen products are often under-appreciated. Many rituals around food preparation are…

Cookery Books: Back to classics

26 November 2011 11:00 am

The truth is, we could probably all get by with three or four cookbooks; half a dozen at most, which…

Wonders of the world’s fare

11 December 2010 12:00 am

Apart from knowing your onions, you should be widely travelled, and preferably artistic, to cut the mustard these days, Fay Maschler suspects

Cookery nook

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Delia Smith first published her recipe ‘My Classic Christmas Cake’ 40 years ago.

Gut instincts

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Julie Powell wrote Julie and Julia, a book (and now a film) in which she described her attempts to cook a huge number of recipes by the cookery writer Julia Child.

Saints and sinners

3 December 2008 12:00 am

With the publication of their Christmas cookery books, Nigella, Jamie, Delia and Gordon all have a brand image, or a halo, to polish.