Table Talk

Lisa Hilton is influenced by a Booker Prize shortlisted novel as she samples gastropub grub

Improvise in the kitchen, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Hannah Betts on the colour with which you can’t go wrong

Patrick Galbraith describes the exhilaration of hunting

Nick Cohen ran and ran and did himself no good in the process

Theodore Dalrymple reveals how the choice of words in medical obituaries are important

Christopher Pincher on the warming tones and redcurrant taste of Pernand-Vergelesses Les Fichots

Thomas Woodham-Smith mixes gluttony and business

Claudia Savage-Gore bravely faces up to disastrous seven-plus results

Lisa Hilton sees Venice disappear beneath the flood waters again and fears for the future