A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014
©Bakas Algirdas

The troubled waters of the Mekong River

In the mounting global battle over water, the mighty Mekong is the new front line

Gillian Wearing sculpture
©Gillian Wearing, courtesy of Ikon Gallery

Gillian Wearing

A quietly subversive or unexpected take on ‘ordinary’ subjects has characterised Gillian Wearing’s work for nearly two decades. The artist’s latest project – a statue of a family – is no exception

Louis van Gaal – a life on the pitch

The Dutchman’s sterling football career in pictures

Men’s talk, by Dmitry Baltermants, Moscow, 1950

The evolution of colour photography Russia

An exhibition explores how the medium developed from propaganda tool to subversive art form

Lano's Arch in Tout Quarry. It is part of the Merchant's railway, which was the first private railway in the country, funded jointly by the stone merchants to carry stone to the bares at Castletown
©Robin Friend

A walk with the FT: The Isle of Portland route

A walk in Dorset with writer Sue Clifford is every bit as charming and quirky as her guidebooks

Ken Smith and friends on the Thanet coast, Kent

Seaside snaps by Sunbeam photographers

Seaside photographers from the Sunbeam company snapped holidaymakers on the Kent coast for 50 years. Some of the pictures have been returned by the owners for an exhibition of golden moments

Robert De Niro Sr's studio in New York photographed in 2012 by Brigitte Lacombe
©Brigitte Lacombe

The studio of painter Robert de Niro Sr

The studio features in a film made by his son, actor Robert De Niro

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain co-owner Peter Freeman
©Jason Andrew

The soda fountain revival

The fixture of 1950s Main Street America is back

©Fred MacGregor

Goalkeeping with Michel Vorm

Should you aim low? Disguise your run-up? Or just wait awhile? The Dutch goalkeeper explains the best way to take a penalty kick

Rowley Leigh's spinach sformato with chicken livers
©Andy Sewell

Recipe: spinach sformato with chicken livers

‘The sformato is a noble edifice – a typical example of the Italian urge to give classical form to even the simplest ideas’

Spain’s unemployed generation

Young Spaniards’ lives have been put on hold since the financial crisis

Recipes: broad beans

‘Even more than fresh peas, broad beans are the sophisticate’s favourite vegetable, treated with reverence all over Europe’

Stuart Franklin’s Calais

The Magnum photographer visited the tented community at the cross-Channel port, which has become the last barrier for economic and political migrants trying to enter Britain illegally

Recipe: squid, celery and tomato salad

‘Squid must either be seized very briefly with a fierce heat or gently braised for a long time and with enough liquid to slowly become tender’

Kickstarted

The online crowdfunding platform has generated $1bn in five years to finance 60,000 creative projects

‘Moonshine memories’, by Bertien van Manen

Images and words from the photographer’s new book on a poor, rural mining community in Kentucky

Recipe: rosé jelly with rose petals, rhubarb and gariguettes strawberries

‘To many, jelly is nothing more than a distant memory from children’s parties. It means a bit more to me’

Recipe: tortilla with wild garlic

‘Wild garlic can add great value but, as with most powerful aromatics, moderation is required’

The story of CT Loo

He was the pre-eminent dealer in ancient Chinese art. But to some, he was a villain who plundered his country’s patrimony

A walk with the FT: The Holborn route with Peter Ackroyd

Short walk, long history: London chronicler Peter Ackroyd explores 900 years of incident

Recipe: langoustines

‘Being a purist about langoustines, I like them plain, in the shell and with a little mayonnaise’

Vinyl destination

Analogue is better than digital. To record fans this is an indisputable truth; and to record labels it is an increasingly attractive proposition too

Scotland: Yes or no?

From Glasgow to Coldstream, voters are approaching the independence question with a seriousness unknown among the self-mocking English

Recipe: shoulder of lamb with onions and turnip gratin

‘To compound my Old Testament proclivities, I have cooked this for a long time until it is of a melting consistency’

Recipe: chicken with morels

‘You either love morels or you don’t. I’ve known people not to get the point, despite their succulence and long, savoury flavour’

Inhotim: a museum like no other

Set over 3,000 acres of forest and farmland – and founded by billionaire mining tycoon Bernardo Paz – it includes works from Brazilian and international artists

Recipe: risi e luganeghe

‘Sausage and rice may sound pedestrian but the result is remarkably light and extremely palatable’

Lucas Foglia’s new Wild West

In America’s old frontier, cowboys struggle to make a living amid an industrial-scale mining boom

Recipe: spaghetti with bottarga

‘The best bottarga is made with the roe of an unfashionable fish, the grey mullet’

Pingyao: the great Wall Street of China

Jacqueline Hassink photographs Pingyao, the birthplace of Chinese banking and a test case for the country’s new-found interest in its rapidly vanishing heritage

‘Deposit’ by Yann Mingard

The Swiss photographer spent four years documenting data centres, vaults and sperm banks across the world

Recipe: a Goan fish curry

‘For British cuisine truly to come of age, we must come to terms with our Indian diet and work it into our repertoire’

Recipe: bagna càuda

‘Crudités inspire fear and loathing in the sybaritic but bagna càuda combines virtue and wickedness in equal measure’

The World Marmalade Awards

A judging panel samples top marmalades at a prestigious international competition

Sea bass en papillote

‘I blame the telly – the way a dish looks has become much more important than the way it smells or tastes’

Rahm Emanuel

The Chicago mayor in action

La Sauce au vin du Médoc

Elizabeth David described it as an act of faith to continue with the recipe as it was written

Welcome to Bakersfield, California

How an ordinary California town became one of the home foreclosure capitals of America

Steak and kidney pudding

This pudding is a thing of joy and a very British response to a wet and dismal February

Meet the ancestors: Man’s early history at London Natural History Museum

Britain’s important human fossils, and rare animal finds too, are being brought together in a spectacular show