Adventures in…

In this series, people reflect on their area of expertise in food or drink and how it shapes their everyday lives

Adventures in Whisky – The spirits writer Dave Broom on his whisky epiphany, uncovering the secrets of the industry and the joys of mixing Lagavulin and Coke. Bonus: he picks 9 favourite bottles from his incredible spirits "library"

Adventures In Vegetables – The revered Irish chef Denis Cotter on the challenges of setting up a vegetarian restaurant, the freedoms of meat-free cooking, and how his food has become less "shouty" with age

Adventures in Knives – Food writer and restaurateur Tim Hayward on the weird symbiosis between human and blade that inspired him to write a book about knives

Adventures in Fermentation – Fermentation guru Sandor Katz on acquired tastes, his childhood love of sour pickles and why fermented foods are more widespread than we might imagine

Adventures in Charcuterie – Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcutier Ltd on life as a Welsh pig expert, why beer is great for bacon and his ideal British charcuterie board

Adventures in Ice Cream – Kitty Travers of La Grotta Ices on childhood memories, her most adventurous creations and why ice cream is a magic food

Adventures in Baking – Justin Gellatly of Bread Ahead on his world-famous doughnuts, the torments of working nights and why it’s worth paying more for good bread

Adventures in Beer – Marcus Hjalmarsson of Brewski microbrewery in Sweden on tropical flavours, the virtues of taking risks and the Swedish craft beer explosion

Adventures in Mezcal – Melanie Symonds of QuiQuiRiQui, the UK's only mezcal brand, on jungle epiphanies, weird distilling practices and agaves that grow on trees