Diana Henry

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The cookbook author Claudia Roden at her London home. Reading her latest book is like talking with her in her garden, says food writer Nigella Lawson. Photograph: Lauren Fleishman/New York Times

If you’ve ever swiped a supple piece of pita bread through a plate of garlicky hummus and your family roots aren’t in the Middle East, you may have Cl(...)

Leek and smoked haddock lasagne with curry spices. Photographs: Harry Weir

I love food imbued with a gentle smoke. It always makes winter more tolerable. But I avoid anything over-smoked – it just gives off unpleasant thuggis(...)

Daniel Smith, marketing manager at Grogan’s pub, South William Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s hospitality sector begins to reopen next week, after almost five months of shuttered businesses. For hoteliers, restaurateurs and pub own(...)

Is this how you will be eating your pancakes today? Photograph: iStock

“The first pancake invariably comes out [shaped] like Australia.” This comment from Kate Dempsey, who makes Kinsale Mead with her husband Denis, addre(...)

Tasty Sunday dinner: smoked haddock, leek and potato bake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

I’ve mentioned before that I have been getting Instagram lessons from my 14-year-old, but I still can’t crack it. The visual nature of it is instant a(...)

‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man.’ Photograph: iStock

These potato cakes, known in Irish as bacstaí (derived from either bácús, meaning bakery, or arán bocht tí, or bread of the poorhouse – no one seems q(...)

Roast aubergine purée with goat’s curd, smoked almonds, chilli and rosemary

Here’s a picture of what I was cooking when I had friends over for dinner in the late 1980s. Warm fish terrine – a layer of scallops set in a soft fis(...)

A Christmas cauliflower

December for me is all about spices. In the Tannery kitchen you could tell Christmas is approaching even if you were blindfolded. The air is heady wit(...)

Gerry Godley, at home with his cookbooks, in Rialto, Dublin. ‘In a world full of fads, blow-ins and opportunists, my fondness for Rick Stein remains undimmed.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gerry Godley is the principal of Leeds College of Music. He was previously a chef and has also been a broadcaster, a saxophonist and concert producer.(...)

Food Month at The Irish Times begins on Friday and will continue throughout November. To launch the initiative, our Winter Food & Drink (...)

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