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Raw chocolate

A treat for chocolate lovers who want their chocolate hit organic and free of refined sugar: Raw Halo, uses Peruvian cacao and organic coconut sugar and lucuma powder as sweeteners. Twelve beautifully wrapped bars inc dark chocolate with ginger and pecan or lemon and pink Himalyan salt and milk with vanilla or goji berries and vanilla

Raw Halo chocolate bars, £2.79/35g, rawhalo.com

Liberty food hall

Liberty, the glorious black and white, crenellated confection on Regents Street, London W1, has introduced a new food hall: an enticing range of artisan foods made by small British producers from across the UK

Visit libertylondon.com for details

This Cookbook is Gross

Fresh from the Roald Dahl school of cookery, This Cookbook is Gross majors in revolting recipes for Halloween – chocolate brain cake, baked hand or roasted cheese mice – plus mind-boggling foods from round the world (tarantulas, sheeps eyeballs and so on). Cool cooking for gruesome kids

This Cookbook is Gross, £9.99 QED Publishing (out on 21 Sept)

34747572632_4f6d805838_hPlus five of the best kitchen knives

Robert Welch

Robert Welch, the designer cutlery company, was launched in 1955 in the Old Silk Mill in Chipping Campden. Sixty years on, they’re still based in this idyllic spot, continuing to produce high quality kitchen utensils, including their Signature Cook’s Knife (£44/14cm) and Santoku Knife (£48/17cm). The knives are made from German stainless steel with a hand applied 15° Japanese-style edge for sharpness, with a 25-year guarantee.


Anolon advanced utility knife Suregrip

Compact, carbon steel knife, light and comfortable to hold and very versatile in the kitchen

£25/15cm, John Lewis

Le Creuset vegetable knife

Compact sharp knife, easy to hold, great for chopping and dicing all kinds of veg. Blade made from damascus steel, the handle stainless steel. Hand wash only

£60/9cm, ecookshop.co.uk

Oxo good grips pro slicing knife

Easy to hold, long knife meaning it’s great for slicing through meat, chicken and fish. Hand wash only

£28/34cm, John Lewis

Blenheim Forge

Knives that are works of art, rather than common or garden kitchen implements. Handmade in a south London forge  fuelled by a blend of coke and charcoal, these knives are beautiful to look at it and wonderful to use. From £140/12.5cm