If you've ever fried off a clove of garlic, drizzled olive oil over a salad or sprinkled basil over your spaghetti, chances are you've been inadvertently inspired by the late food writer Elizabeth David.
As Europe prepares to celebrate the annual festival of colourful campness that is the Eurovision Song Contest, there's one man who's relieved he won't be involved.
Only last year John Whaite was a final year law student who spent his spare time baking. Then he cooked his way onto BBC Two's Great British Bake Off where his breathtaking Roman Colosseum made from gingerbread and deft bread plaiting skills so impressed judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood that they declared him their winner.
Breakfast in bed might sound like a distant dream for many parents, but for celebrity chef Marcus Wareing it's a regular treat.
Cake-maker to the stars Victoria Glass knows that pulling off your own wedding cake is no small feat, but she believes the effort will be worth it.
The best stuff tastes of lychees, roses and more, though the cheaper end of the market can bear a closer resemblance to the inside of a tart’s handbag.
When Mary Berry commends your vegetable chopping skills on TV, that's the point where your cookery kudos shoots through the roof.
The French fought for theirs. The Egyptians paid pyramid workers in it. And us Brits? Well we snap up the equivalent of 11 million loaves of it every day. Yes, bread is big business.
Village cooking contests are usually the stronghold of stalwart members of the WI, who are used to their home-cooked fare winning the rosettes.
When you're a chocolatier tasked with serving up a show-stopping cake for actress Whoopi Goldberg in an unfamiliar kitchen with unfamiliar ingredients, bad things can happen. Things like setting fire to said kitchen.
Endless chocolate eggs, slabs of simnel cake and heavenly hot cross buns might be tempting, but there's only one treat that turns MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace's head at Easter, and that's roast lamb.
Some turn to therapy in times of need. Others phone their friends. But for queen of the kitchen Delia Smith, there's only one proven way to lift the blues - cake.
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