Where Bourdain's prose was like someone pirouetting around an abbatoir with a chainsaw, Buford is more measured, offering the inquisitive view of a middle aged ingenu. In the end it gives us a better picture of how a great restaurant kitchen really feels.
Surprisingly little has been written about Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay. The Telegraph owners are under the spotlight for how their newspaper treats stories that impinge on commercial interests.
Heidi Holland's biography of Robert Mugabe does something deeply unsettling - it makes one feel the dictator's pain.
What do cars actually emit in the real world? It's not easy to find out. What started close to home - will my old banger's petrol engine be better or worse than my father's 2009 diesel - led to an emissions investigation with a troubling discovery about recent models.
So how did an intelligent, articulate man with a successful career come to be subjugated by pictures of strangers having sex? With admirable honesty Mike says he's always been fascinated by porn.
Climate scientists are like an exotic tribe - fascinating, sometimes hard to understand and rarely visited.
"They came in and they said: 'Get up, get downstairs, you're under arrest'.â€ A colleague had told the Royal Navy police that Emma was a lesbian.
At Linquenda House, Harare's gloomy immigration department, the official inspecting my visa extension form asks me what I do. "I'm a wineseller," I lie.
At Samphire Beach, a Japanese woman stands in front of Dover's white cliffs. It is 10 past seven on a Tuesday morning. Most people will be having breakfast or getting ready for a day at the office. Miyuki Fijita is swimming to France.
The Paedophile Information Exchange was affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties - now Liberty - in the late 1970s and early 1980s. How did pro-paedophile campaigners operate so openly?
In crowded Britain, villages like this would be overrun by city dwellers seeking pretty weekend cottages. But France is littered with beautiful villages â€“ what to do with them all?
On the morning of the first game I heard a familiar voice in the breakfast room. "I'd like a cheese omelette and a rooibos tea." It is the BBC's Jonathan Agnew.