The Gubeen stand at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit Fest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Large scale agriculture is not the only way to feed a growing world population, US food activist Sandor Katz told a panel at the Ballymaloe Litfest ye(...)

  Catherine Cleary weighing up the  pros and cons of shopping in small shops and markets versus supermarkets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s a wet Saturday morning and the “here we go” look has just flashed across my husband’s face. We’re mapping out the rules of a household experiment(...)

Ballymaloe house and cookery school: the venue for  Litfest.

No one told the weeds in the kitchen garden at Ballymaloe to stop growing so staff could set up for the thousands of people expected to arrive at t(...)

Darina Allen and René Redzepi at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest food festival in Co Cork yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision 1:16

Follow our coverage of Ballymaloe Lit Fest @irishtimesfood and @mcdigby René Redzepi was impressed. “This is the most organised farm I’ve (...)

Follow our coverage of Ballymaloe Lit Fest @irishtimesfood and @mcdigby ‘I’m very, very post-concept,” restaurateur Elaine Murphy says wit(...)

From left, Cillian McAuliffe, Conor Doyle, Alex Chapman, Grace Chapman, Eoin Hughes, Dara Hughes and Max Lagana. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Oh God,” my friend Anne wails. “Not only is it disgusting, but my children like it.” This is all my doing. As people gather in Ballymaloe this weeken(...)

American author Bill Buford begins his brilliant book Heat with a killer quote from chef Mario Batali about the job of a restaurant kitchen. It is to (...)

I’m in love with a new bike. If Farrow & Ball made high nellies they’d look like my new lady bike. Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. (...)

You learn a few things on a road trip to Limerick. Pat Kenny’s talking on the radio to a scientist about the mantis shrimp which can see 12 kin(...)

 Pho Ta restaurant in Cope street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s ironic when we reach for phones before forks these days that menus with pictures of the food are still deemed slightly naff. The(...)