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Citrus takes centre stage at Viennese orangery

18th – 21st May, 2018. 10am – 6pm Great Orangery Schlosspark Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria.   Citrus fruits are complex, endlessly fascinating and so useful in the kitchen. Around the world they are a staple ingredient to homecooks and chefs and have botantists asking questions such as: is the kumquat a sister of the orange or […]

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This Colombo chilli doesn’t need ‘just more thing’

So, when you invite a few friends around for a mid-week dinner in the middle of gloomy February, you might expect guests may offer a bottle of wine, a few bottles of beer, some flowers or even a chocolate selection to finish the evening off sweetly. But a tub of crème fraîche? Well, probably not. […]

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Browsing cookery books at Borough Market

So what would you choose as your favourite go-to cookery or recipe book? This was one of the key questions put to a panel of four influential foodies working in the business including a writer, retailer, publisher and librarian. The debate was hosted by the fabulous Borough Market in south London, as a part of […]

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Cooking for Geeks: understanding the science on your plate

What do you think about when prepping a dinner party, a BBQ or trying out a new recipe, from Peru, for example. Perhaps your inner geek is seeking answers to questions such as; ‘how does my sense of taste and smell work?’ and ‘how does heat change our foods?’ or what’s the science behind the […]

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Steeped in Rebellious Spirits

Alchemist and drinks genius Ruth Ball has written a thrilling history of people and events surrounding the intoxicating world of spirits. Her book, Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain, is a treasure trove for the curious drinker. From the gin dispensed from a cat’s paw at the Puss and Mew shop, which […]

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Hollywood gets cooking with ‘Burnt’

Bradley Cooper stars as ‘tortured’ chef (is there any other!) Adam Jones whose self-destructive behaviour caused him to lose his two Michelin stars in Paris. Intent on winning them back and even aspiring to attain an elusive third star he comes to London and, with the help of fellow chef Helene (Sienna Miller), strives to […]

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ASEAN nations get travel TV

The Asean nations have launched the region’s first travel-focused travel television channel, Goasean. The station comes with a brief to see the region as a single ‘tourism’ destination and will be broadcast over multiple channels. Countries belonging to this group are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Goasean will […]

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Chop chop chop, taste taste taste

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School book did what it said on the cover strapline – show ‘How a Few Simple Lesson Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks’. Written by US author and Le Cordon Bleu cooking school alumni Kathleen Flinn, the book aims to help nine self confessed ‘hopeless’ cooks gain basic skills […]

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