Real tasty

In a tug-of-war relationship with food and fitness for many years, blogger Sam Murphy is the first to admit her initial foray into veganism wasn't a healthy one.

Fry it right


I'm a sweet and sour chicken balls and crispy shredded beef kinda girl.

Tom's Daley bread


When you picture Tom Daley, he's probably in pair of Speedos or a Team GB tracksuit - not an apron. But the Olympic diver is showing off his culinary skills in a new healthy eating cookbook, Tom's Daily Plan.

Fresh thinking from Donal


A decade ago, young Donal Skehan was plying his trade as a pop star, showcasing his dance moves and - "the most mortifying aspect of it" - wearing matching white training outfits to the gym with his Streetwize bandmates.

Cracking on with business


There's liking nut butters - and then there's leaving your job to devote all your energy to launching a range of them.

Sweet dreams


If there's one thing December brings, it's a guilt-free nod to indulge in as many sugary delights as you dare.

Tom's Christmas Kitchen


He's a perfectionist chef with a chain of restaurants to his name, but in Tom Aikens' kitchen at home, someone is else in charge - two little people, to be precise.

'Diabetes soon becomes your new normal'


Vickie De Beer knew something was wrong when her normally energetic eight-year-old son Lucca began to struggle to wake in the mornings, and came back from an annual camping trip with his dad Joe and two brothers looking unusually exhausted.

'Some chefs should smile more!'


He's been branded one of the trailblazers of new British cooking, but at the heart of Glynn Purnell's success is his refusal to take himself too seriously.

Viva Italia


Antonio Carluccio's home is brimming with personal touches, and as he shows me around, it isn't long before even the most innocuous item prompts a trickle of anecdotes.

'I'll always consider Jamie my boy'

the Sainsbury's Italian Style Fairtrade Ground Cfee

"I post pictures every day - lots of people want to know where you are and what you're doing," reasons Gennaro Contaldo, pouring his morning coffee with one hand and scrolling through his busy Twitter feed with the other.

Hairy Bikers' cracking new fare


"Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud, come back across the road, and then cross the road again and roll in the mud again?" asks one half of The Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers, eyes glinting.

Galetti has all the skills


"I think it'll be safer for you - and me - if we use a peeler," says Monica Galetti, as my hands fumble between a baby artichoke and a serrated knife.

Spice up your life


"Indian cooking is not about chucking in the chilli and seeing how hot you can get it, it's about the layering of flavours," says Hari Ghotra as she stirs the mouthwatering deep red masala sauce for her Thari Wala Chicken.

Simply does it


We tuck ourselves into a nook in an overcrowded cafe, the coffee machine belching wildly, and compare states of bedraggledness - Diana Henry's had a late night; my hair has frizzed in the rain.