Cooking

Dull food for dull times: the Morrisons family food box reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Compass Group boast of serving 5.5 billion meals a year, so you might think they would be good at…

The joy of my new British passport

30 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Anything you want?’ says Catriona on her way out of the house to go to the shop. I’m standing at…

Piccadilly Circus, delivered: the Wolseley’s home dining reviewed

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The Corbin & King dining and home entertaining box includes dishes from the Delaunay, the Wolseley and Brasserie Zédel ‘delivered…

Meal kits are a recipe for mayhem

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Caroline was pretty heroic during the first lockdown. She’s used to having no children to deal with between the hours…

Sub-ready-meals of salt and tears: Simply Cook reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Welcome to the sunlit uplands which, for me, contain small plastic tubs of stock, which is just the opening to…

The surprising brilliance of meal kits

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Ford’s Kumar Galhotra once remarked that carmaking is 100,000 rational decisions in search of one emotional decision. You spend five…

Me, myself and Thai: my cooking lesson from Cher Thai Eatery

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Lockdown is hurting everyone except the chickens. I have bought them a conservatory because Philippa, a Light Sussex, looks like…

Dear Mary: How do I cope with cooking for food snobs?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Q. I have a delightful young goddaughter who, thanks to the virus, I have not seen since last year. Her…

Winning a knife fight with a fish: Newlyn Fresh Fish reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s a good day to stab something and tear out its heart. Elaine Lorys is the only female master fishmonger…

My steak cooking lesson turned into a sitcom

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Pandemic has brought many truths, the most minor of which is: I can’t cook steak. I thought I could. I…

Dear Mary: How can I help the host at a socially-distant dinner party?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Q. As we attend socially distant events, we expect of our hosts a scrupulous accommodation of our preferences around physical…

Can a chef teach me to cook over Zoom?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

We cannot bear more drive-through or take-out or near-fatal snack. I am convinced of the boredom of my female ancestors,…

Prue Leith: My carbon footprint should put me in jail

29 February 2020 9:00 am

I made the mistake of saying I thought insects might help feed the world. They are high-protein, cheap to farm…

‘Cook it like a prayer’: Bip Ling’s Christmas curry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

This dish is refreshing and super yummy. It’s a recipe that Didas (my Indian grandmother) taught me. The zesty tomato…

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

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Brrring! Freddy Gray of this parish is on the blower. ‘How about a piece for this week saying he’s won,…

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…

I’ve had enough of induction hobs — and I know I’m not the only one

2 February 2019 9:00 am

It was a close-run thing for my friend who’s having a new kitchen installed in her house in Chiswick. After…

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Christmas in our family seems to guarantee tears and tantrums as well as jingle bells and jollity. Indeed, in my…

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

Cabbages and kings

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The first pastry cook Chaïm Soutine painted came out like a collapsed soufflé. The sitter for ‘The Pastry Cook’ (c.1919)…

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…