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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.

 

 

Celeriac, a knobby and bulbous root vegetable, is a variety of celery. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

Celeriac looks like Hannibal Lecter's lunch. A pale and ghostly cerebellum with tangled dreadlocks, it is never going to win any beauty prizes. Prepossessing,

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The atavistic impulse to make mince pies is strong in British homes. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

"Mince around the World" is probably one of the worst names ever for a cookbook, yet it was discussed in all seriousness by an

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Frying latkes for Hanukkah. Credit: iStock/Lisafx

Latkes, doughnuts and fritters -- in Jewish homes, everyone's frying this month, much as we have been for the last 2,000 years or so.

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Savoy cabbage, a winter vegetable, is a milder and sweeter alternative to green and red cabbage varieties. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

For years, I thought Savoy cabbage was a specialty of the great London hotel of that name, a way of cooking the vegetable that

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Bagna càuda, made with garlic and anchovies, is a dip best served hot. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

Di Carroll always knew she wanted to live in Italy. Brought up in Cheshire, North West England, she felt an overwhelming affinity toward all

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White truffles for sale at the Alba White Truffle Fair. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

Truffles and sex go together like Maria Callas and opera -- and the good news is it's a splendid year for the voluptuous white truffles

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Guests dressed in all their finery enjoy a meal at the legendary Quaglino's in London. Credit: Quaglino's

Glamor may be a beautiful illusion, but we all need a Fred and Ginger moment in which to dream, if only for a day,

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Pears are the star in Rincón de Soto, Spain. Credit: Clarissa Hyman

Pears and Rioja are a marriage made in Spanish heaven, but although the region of La Rioja is synonymous with wine and bull running

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