Food

Spice and easy

Baked Ricotta With Chard, from Anjum's Quick & Easy Indian by Anjum Anand, published by Quadrille

Most of us love Indian food, but cooking it from scratch - well that just seems like too much hard work. But, it doesn't have to mean hours in the kitchen, mixing and marinading, promises Anjum Anand.

'Life is all about sharing'

PLUM AND MARZIPAN TARTE TATIN from Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry, published by BBC Books

As the nation's favourite home cook, Mary Berry has a reputation to uphold. So before a dish can grace the pages of her books - which numbered 74 at the last count - she tries it out on her most discerning critics.

Torode's return to Oz

from John Torode's Australia

Competent would be one way of describing John Torode. As well as being a maestro in the kitchen and a judge on MasterChef, he boasts an eclectic bunch of skills.

Give eggs a crack!

Fiery Egg And Spinach Curry, Dean Edwards' Main Meals In Minutes campaign

Most of us have had some sort of disaster when cooking eggs - too runny, too rubbery, or too difficult to extract from the bottom of the pan. But for TV chef Dean Edwards, his egg Armageddon came live on air.

Bikers gear up for Asian adventure

Panang Beef Curry, featured in The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

For two men who love to eat, heading to Japan for a crash course in sumo wrestling was a pretty unappetising experience for Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers.

Street food served with spirit

Pineapple Cake With Passion Fruit and Caipirinha Drizzle, from Andy Bates' Brazilian Street Feasts on Food Network UK

Camels are not an unusual sight in north African deserts, but when the distinctive humps are spotted on the sands of Rio's Praia do Pepe beach it's an altogether different phenomenon.

Work of heart

Chocolate Berry Valentine's Cake, recipe courtesy  Whitworths

If there's one day in the year when cooking should be a labour of love, it's February 14.

Lorraine Pascale's model kitchen

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Lorraine Pascale knows a fair few things about criticism. The model-turned-TV chef was once, of all things, accused of breaking a customer's pearly whites with a vanilla cupcake sold in her shop, The Cupcake Bakehouse, in central London.

What a catch!

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Whether it was a whiffy, overcooked piece of haddock as a child that's put you off, or a plate plagued with bones, many people simply won't touch fish, no matter how many delicious-looking seafood dishes grace our TV screens on MasterChef.

Have a soup-er New Year

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Once upon a time, soup was something that only came from a can and in a handful of flavours.

Method in his madness

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When Heston Blumenthal started making headlines, all the talk was of his snail porridge, bacon and egg ice cream and seafood platter served with an iPod playing the sound of crashing waves.

Gok's ready to wok

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When Gok Wan ventured into the kitchen in 2012, with his recipe book Gok Cooks Chinese and accompanying Channel 4 TV series, it proved every bit as successful as his wardrobe-based endeavours.

Island-hopping with Ottolenghi

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"I'm sorry to keep you waiting," says Yotam Ottolenghi, turning up for our interview a few minutes late. "I was in the middle of tasting a new soup recipe and got carried away."

Food to (almost) die for

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Suddenly bucket lists, those collections of things to do before you die - or, as the phrase goes, kick the bucket - are all the rage.