Throughout Food Month we will have a daily “Guilty Pleasure” feature where well-known faces share their secret treats, from the delicious to t(...)

Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

WILD BAKING Kate Packwood describes herself as a “British woman working with Irish ingredients”, which is how she found herself a finalist(...)

Off course: gales bring migrants within telescope range. Illustration: Michael Viney

It is usually enough for me to write about the weather to have it change utterly by the time the column appears. So it may be right to share a website(...)

People gathered at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay in solidarity with the refugees and migrants around Europe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jean-Claude Juncker is right: “there is a reason the number of O’Neills and Murphys living in the US exceeds the number in Ireland”, and you could lis(...)

Simon Higgins of Fighter Food

Restaurant-standard meals to order Simon and Lucy Higgins, who are brother and sister and are both chefs, run their family’s three food business(...)

Everything is Irish on the breakfast menu at Pembroke Townhouse,  in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, with  plenty of scones, cakes, and traditional breads, all made in-house. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

ALL PIG, ALL DAY There’s always strong demand for “Pig in a Day” classes that teach the rudiments of butchering a pig and putting every bit of (...)

The heart of Dublin was so riddled by urban blight 40 years ago that one former Lord Mayor (the late Jim Mitchell, of Fine Gael) complained that it(...)

Marie Claire Digby selects the best cookbook reads for Christmas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Extra Virgin Kitchen By Susan Jane White (Gill & Macmillan, €27.99) Just the thing for those contemplating a January detox, but more tha(...)

Neven Maguire (left) celebrating his win in the cookbook category at the Irish Book Awards  with television presenter Graham Norton

The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast!, written by Neven Maguire and published by Gill & Macmillan (€22.99), has won the cookbook category at the Bord (...)

Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)