A man  building  a shelter in the migrant camp  in Calais, France. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The landscapes of emigration, migration, exile and return are complex ones of loss, enrichment, suffering and enduring hope. Every time I hear about t(...)

Making carbonara is difficult. Because there is little or nothing to it, the potential for failure is huge. Photograph: Thinkstock

There is a widely held, romantic notion that the children of cooks and food writers are themselves gifted cooks, their skills learnt through patient i(...)

Chef Donal Skehan who says part of the problem with Irish food is that it tends to favour convenience over quality, he says.

Despite a fondness for “a bacon sandwich in a white sliced pan”, TV cook Donal Skehan agrees with food writer John McKenna’s recent criticisms of w(...)

Eloquent: abuse survivor Maíria Cahill outside Government Buildings this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s a story that won’t go away, you know: a controversial leader, beset by allegations of a cover-up following a crime, sees his position become e(...)

Waiter, waiter: how much service is truly shocking? Photograph: Betsie Van der Meer/Stone Sub/Getty

Look, we all know how these things work. You’ve put a restaurant or hotel guide together and need to make a bit of a splash, so there’s no point just (...)

Traditional music recordings from the early 20th century were largely dominated by renowned Sligo fiddle players Michael Coleman and James Morrison(...)

If you want to see Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi cooking up a Middle Eastern feast, or go foraging with René Redzepi and Alys Fowler, unfortunately(...)

At some point during every food conference, culinary congress, grub camp or agricultural symposium, a well-meaning panel member or audience member wil(...)

Worth more than a hill of beans: bean video makes us ask ourselves if we have been showing enough respect to the most humble things that we grow. Photograph: Getty Images

There were many valuable lessons learned about eating and diet and health from studies and research published in the year just ended. We learned that (...)

You can eat and drink what you like over the Christmas period, so long as you exercise every day. A walk, run or a cycle will cancel out all the extra indulgence. Photograph: Getty Images

The season of good cheer deserves to also be the season of good news. And boy, have I got good news for you.The published results of a recent study, l(...)