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Sue Style is into food, wine and travel and writes about all three – sometimes separately, often in combination. She comes originally from Yorkshire and has migrated over the years to London, Madrid, Fontainebleau, Mexico City and Basel. She’s now happily ensconced in southern Alsace, France, within spitting distance of that region’s vineyards and conveniently placed for cross-border raids into Switzerland and across the Rhine to Baden/Germany, both of whose wines and food she explores at every opportunity. Lately, she’s discovered Catalunya, where both her children have had the good taste to settle. She's the author of nine books on subjects ranging from Mexican food through the food and wines of Alsace and of Switzerland to creative vegetable cookery. The most recent is "Cheese: Slices of Swiss Culture," devoted to the finest Swiss farmhouse cheeses and the talented people who make them. Her articles appear in Decanter, Financial Times Weekend, How To Spend It, Culture and on her website, She gives sporadic cooking workshops in her Alsace kitchen and leads bespoke vineyard tours in the region.

Reto Frei was eating his greens long before Michael Pollan was adjuring us to "eat food, not much, mostly plants." Frei is one of


In the western, industrialized, urbanized world where everything is available all year round and we've almost lost our sense of the seasons, our own


Every year, from January until April, a particular kind of fish comes -- briefly -- into season. This is skrei, the Norwegian Arctic cod,


There's a kind of hush over the vineyards of Alsace in the chill depths of these winter months. Lone viticulteurs move quietly between the