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Clarissa Hyman is an award-winning food and travel writer (twice winner of the prestigious Glenfiddich award amongst others). A former television producer, she now contributes to a wide range of publications and has written four books: Cucina Siciliana, The Jewish Kitchen, The Spanish Kitchen and Oranges: A Global History. She is based in Manchester, England and is the vice-president of the UK Guild of Food Writers.

 

 

Fresh spinach. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

At a certain point in many people's lives, something magical occurs. Your blind, blinkered, unreasoned, gut-churning hatred of spinach -- you've never even tasted

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The Most Popular Potato Salad in Finland. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

It might be raining, hailing or even snowing, but when Jersey Royal potatoes arrive in the shops, everyone knows it's the unofficial start of

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At The Vegetarian Butcher in Netherland's The Hague, the only thing they sacrifice is your prejudice. It's a snappy marketing slogan and deliberately provocative

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Buttery Saffron Beans with chopped parsley. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

The great food writer Waverley Root condemned "pulse" as a “picturesque little word” used to describe the diet of ancient hermits -- all gas

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Harp Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

The wee city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, as its feisty residents describe their capital city, punches above its size. The Titanic was built here;

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A retro melon baller taken out of retirement. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

The C word-- that is, clutter -- is this year’s mantra. Or rather the D word -- declutter. When the utensil drawer jams and you

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In Provence, Christmastime comes to an official close on Feb. 2. This is not just maddening French bureaucracy but a recognition that Candlemas Day

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Fish knives and forks had a specific use that is too much for most contemporary kitchens. Credit: Copyright 2015 Clarissa Hyman

Form and function are the twin peaks of kitchen design. Years of ergonomic trial and error, engineering triumphs and technological advances lie behind the

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