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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

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


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

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

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;

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


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

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