A Scientific Picnic

New Scientist Summer is the season for open-air concerts, where the ticket reads “bring a picnic and chairs”. The picnics in our part of rural Somerset are competitive affairs, with elaborate candelabra and equally elaborate dishes on display. At one...

Umami Dearest

Guardian Weekend – Part of a series of 6 articles on taste and cooking with co-author Peter Barham Every two years, a group of leading chefs and food writers and a few lucky scientists such as ourselves get together in the Sicilian mountain village of Erice to...