Food

The batch is back

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There are some people in this world who are so full of common sense, you end up hanging on their every word, just to soak up each drop of practical wisdom spouting from their mouths. Kerryann Dunlop is one of those people.

Miers masters the top notes

ROASTED RED PEPPER AND GOAT'S CHEESE TART, featured in Chilli Notes by Thomasina Miers, published by Hodder & Stoughton, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Hodder & Stoughton/Tara Fisher

Catching recent instalments of MasterChef, Thomasina Miers finds herself marvelling at how things have changed since she won the BBC contest in 2005.

Get curried away

TANDOORI LAMB CHOPS from Beyond Brilliant, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Jodi Hinds/RMC Books

For many of us, Indian food conjures up images of a naughty but nice takeaway with all the trimmings, or a quick and calorific curry ready meal.

Get light just right

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There's a certain feeling that leading Australian cookery writer Donna Hay gets from diet food, and it's not a good one.

Inside Jamie's kitchen

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In a nondescript old warehouse in London's trendy East End, there's a secret army at work, cooking up a storm.

Siblings and nibblings

Ham Hock And Mature Cheddar Muffins, featured in Three Sisters Bake by Gillian, Nichola and Linsey Reith, published by Hardie Grant, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Helen Cathcart

Think of a cosy, family-run cafe serving delicious home-cooked food made from fresh local produce to customers from far and wide.

Easy does it

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Making delicious, mouth-watering meals doesn't have to involve a manic food frenzy in the kitchen, assures Fay Ripley.

Home is where Whaite's heart is

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Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2012, John Whaite has bought his own flat, set up a chocolate business, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London and released two cookery books.

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.

Jack and no frills

Love Soup, featured in A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe, published by Michael Joseph

Only a few years ago, Jack Monroe had a budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her baby son.

Lamb swaps for Easter

Aldi Luxury Hot Cross Buns 99p for four

After months of being cooped up cooking indoors, it's no surprise that Mark Sargeant, restaurant owner and a former head chef for Gordon Ramsay, is pleased that spring has finally sprung.

Mastering family mealtimes

VANILLA CHEESECAKE, featured in Annabel's Family Cookbook by Annabel Karmel, published by Ebury Press

Catering for a family's varied tastes can be a nightmare at dinnertime, with hard-working parents often having to serve several dishes to keep everyone happy.

If you can't stand the heat...

Gregg Wallace lending Press Association writer Jeananne Craig a helping hand at MasterChef kitchen

Ever had that panic-stricken dream where you're back in school, about to sit an exam you haven't done any revision for?

'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.