An illustration for Sicilian kitchen
©Luke Best

Sicily and Rome: two journeys, two kitchens

Living with a Sicilian in Rome, Rachel Roddy‘s immersion into Italian food culture was flavoured with fennel, figs and salted ricotta. Returning to the island itself, they found glorious ingredients but fading traditions

Book extract

Shonagh Rae's illustration of bootcamps and 5am breakfasts at Facebook ©Shonagh Rae
In an exclusive extract from her new book, Gillian Tett examines how boot camps and 5am breakfasts keep Facebook connected
Illustration by Graham Roumieu of Rowley Leigh
©Graham Roumieu

The sybarite’s dilemma

Despite being a self-confessed glutton, the chef finds eating in public an embarrassing — even shameful — act

New Orleans bar scene illustration

Re-fizzing New Orleans

A vibrant bar scene is a sign of the city’s regeneration 10 years on from Hurricane Katrina

The Marksman pub
©Ana Jaks

The pub’s progress

Two London examples show how the gastropub has become the British equivalent of the bistro or osteria

Sea bass in lotus leaf
©Tamin Jones

Recipe: baked sea bass in a lotus leaf

In China, the lotus plant signifies fertility but it also has abundant possibilities and a bewitching fragrance for the cook. By Fuchsia Dunlop

Illustration of a French and Italian wine bottle by Graham Roumieu
©Graham Roumieu

Langhe’s limelight

‘The appeal of Piedmont’s two great red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, has never looked stronger’

Aging meat
©Mitch Blunt

How to age gracefully

Competitive chefs looking for the wow factor are ‘extreme ageing’ poultry, pork and lamb

©Tim Lahan

Chickens and inequality

‘Treating people with different needs in the same way — giving vegetarians chicken — is fundamentally unfair’

Illustration of crips by Joël Penkman
©Joël Penkman

The taste test: hand-cooked crisps

‘A little bit of potato skin gives the deep-fried morsels a straight-from-the-allotment minerality’

Wine festivals illustration
©Andrew Joyce

Five of the best: wine festivals

From a small Tuscan hilltown to Australia’s largest city, Melanie Abrams on where to find oenophile pleasures