Food

British food and drink exporters defy the doom-mongers

21 February 2017 15:12

Many farmers, asserted the Earl of Sandwich in a Lords debate last July, were now experiencing ‘regrexit’ – having voted…

Could Brexit mean cheaper food? Don’t open the prosecco yet

20 February 2017 8:38

‘Brexit to chop food bills’, said the headline in the Sun on Sunday this weekend. The paper ran some research from the…

Higher prices are the only way of dealing with Britain’s food waste problem

10 January 2017 12:13

Food waste is on the increase. British households are throwing the equivalent of 500 meals into the bin every year.…

Britons are a nation of tea-drinkers, and we’re willing to pay top price for the perfect cuppa

14 October 2016 12:28

If you believe the national stereotypes, there are certain things us Brits can’t live without, among them fish and chips,…

‘Clean food’ is a dangerous fad

31 December 2015 13:00

Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast explored the unhealthy advice peddled by 2015’s near-ubiquitous ‘wellness’ gurus in The Spectator‘s second most…

How hard can it be to remove all plastic from your supermarket shop? You might be surprised

9 October 2015 17:24

The UK produces 3.6 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, 1.5 million tonnes of which takes the form of…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

Like all the best spiritual leaders, this diet theologian will leave you trembling

16 April 2015 17:19

Eat. Nourish. Glow., the healthy eating book currently number one in at least three Amazon categories, came to my attention…

Does George Osborne really lock his office fridge at night?

18 November 2014 17:11

It seems the most exciting thing to come out of today’s Commons press gallery lunch with Danny Alexander was the…

Are bowls of pasta Blairite?

29 October 2014 18:54

If Thatcher was Britain’s Bonaparte, then Blair was most certainly our Louis-Philippe. It was during the reign of the latter…

The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

17 October 2014 16:43

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of…

And the best private hospital for food is… 

29 August 2014 16:50

News today that the government is going to try to improve NHS food with that old New Labour favourite, the…

Ten foods to tackle diabetes

7 August 2014 14:58

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since…

Airports are hell – no wonder staycations are growing in popularity

28 July 2014 13:10

Last week I experienced the horror of Stansted Airport. I had paid for a fast track through security to avoid…

Picnics are ridiculous. Don’t expect me or my dog to have any respect for them

16 June 2014 13:31

In the past few weeks my poor dog Maisie has been screamed at, threatened, vilified and monstered, just as she…

Edible food: a triumph of immigration and globalisation

3 June 2014 12:43

As usual I enjoyed Hugo Rifkind’s column in the Times today. His central point that fights, whether on Europe or Scotland or…

Masterchef is a food programme by tossers for tossers

19 May 2014 12:47

There is so much to hate about massively successful TV series Masterchef that I have been glued to it for…

Don’t chicken out of labelling food

9 May 2014 16:05

Do you know where the chicken in your lunchtime sandwich came from? Where it lived and how it died? For…

Today in #middleclassproblems: worrying how your lamb was killed

8 May 2014 16:06

It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. At least not very much. The notion, apparently scandalous, that the Great British food…

It’s not acceptable to pass off halal food without telling us

8 May 2014 13:53

    It matters; it really does, if meat from animals conscious when killed is being passed off on us…

The poetry and poignancy of the Consumer Prices Index

14 March 2014 9:39

Tufted carpets out, flavoured milk in. Canvas shoes in, take away coffee out. Last year we accepted spreadable butter, dropped…

If this picture puts your toddler off his lunch, he should consider vegetarianism

28 February 2014 14:40

How can we encourage children to be closer to nature, when 80% of Britons live in urban areas? This is…

MP tries to remove the poison from the food debate

14 February 2014 16:24

One of the more unpalatable news stories of the week was the survey by West Yorkshire councils that seemingly innocuous…

Let them eat whale

30 January 2014 11:28

If the Faroe Islanders want to eat whale, let them. So says Tim Ecott in today’s Spectator. He argues that…

My January diet and detox – anything to stay in the middle class

9 January 2014 15:20

Like many of you folks out there, I’m currently engaged in the thinly-disguised admission of alcoholism that is ‘Dry January’.…