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Published 13/10/2011

<b>India: Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant</b><br/>
Written by a culinary academic, who lives and works in Delhi, this beautiful book with its rice-sack-inspired cover is the Indian Silver Spoon. There are 1,000 family recipes that have been collected from all over the subcontinent and carefully edited to ensure they are easy to follow and achievable in Western kitchens.
<b>Publisher</b>Phaidon <b>How much </b>£29.95
India: Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant
Written by a culinary academic, who lives and works in Delhi, this beautiful book with its rice-sack-inspired cover is the Indian Silver Spoon. There are 1,000 family recipes that have been collected from all over the subcontinent and carefully edited to ensure they are easy to follow and achievable in Western kitchens. PublisherPhaidon How much £29.95
Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen
Or to give it its full title: The Time-Honoured Ways Are the Best - Over 700 Recipes Show You Why. Darina Allen's sixth book covers everything from eggs to preserving via herbs and baking. It will take a long time to cook your way through all of this but it's a pretty definitive guide on how to do it. PublisherKyle Cathie How much £30
Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz
Pastry chef and blogger David Lebovitz, who spent 12 years at Chez Panisse, has gathered together 170 recipes for bakers of all abilities. The photos alone will inspire you, not to mention the names - champagne gelée with kumquats and anise-orange ice-cream profiteroles with chocolate sauce for starters. PublisherJacqui Small LLP How much £25
Jamie's Great Britain by Jamie Oliver
Yes, another one. But his recipes work and he understands food and how flavours work so you'll find no apologies for including his new opus here. This is gastropub food, classics with a twist and future classics. You'll use it a lot in contrast to those other books that you only pull out for one dish a year. PublisherMichael Joseph How much £30
The Ultimate Children's Cookbook
Dorling Kindersley is known for its breezy presentation and for cramming in lots of facts and this is no exception. Everything from fruit smoothies to main courses with lots of extra tips and advice, as well as sections on food hygiene, a glossary of words and a guide to equipment. PublisherDorling Kindersley How much £15
Great British Food Revival by Blanche Vaughan and others
Contributors include Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett, Gregg Wallace and the Hairy Bikers. The 100 or so recipes were based on the TV show of the same name. PublisherWeidenfeld & Nicolson How much £20
My Daddy Cooks by Nick Coffer
What started out as a blog by a stay-at-home dad who wanted to cook and entertain his son is now a hugely successful website and book. Easy to follow with simple family ideas. PublisherHodder & Stoughton How much £16.99
Bocca Cookbook by Jacob Kenedy
Bocca di Lupo is one of the capital's favourite restaurants and now you can try its dishes at home. It's Italian but not classic and don't worry - some of the recipes are more complicated on paper than they are to cook. PublisherBloomsbury How much £30
River Cottage Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
A book for those who love veg but can't think of what do with it other than steam or stir-fry. It's also ideal for anyone with a weekly veg box who is facing the seventh week of cabbage in a row. PublisherBloomsbury How much £25
River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy
A book that aims to encourage children to eat the same food as their parents, teaches them how to cook it and hopefully lay the foundations for a lifetime of sensible eating. PublisherBloomsbury How much £14.99
Cox Cookies & Cake by Eric Lanlard and Patrick Cox
Yes, him. The one who makes the shoes. So you know these cupcakes are going to be sexy and great to serve at parties. Look out for the ones that are covered in skulls and black icing. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £16.99
The Modern Vegetarian by Maria Elia
Not just for vegetarians who are bored with cooking the same old thing, but interesting enough to inspire the meat-eaters who might have to cook for them. One for the aspiring or experienced cook. PublisherKyle Cathie How much £16.99
Home at 7 Dinner at 8 by Sophie Wright
With 100 recipes ranging from everyday ideas to 'posh nosh' for entertaining and a chapter on cooking to a budget, this book really does have something for everyone. PublisherKyle Cathie How much £14.99
The Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood
Oh, that sublime French cuisine. Oh, those calories. Well this is the result of the author's year spent tweaking and twisting the classics in her tiny Parisian kitchen up seven flights of stairs. PublisherBantam Press How much £20
Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style by Viana La Place
Beloved of Rose Gray of the River Café, who claimed to refer to it every day, this will give you 300 ways to treat fresh veg simply but with real flair. PublisherGrub Street How much £12.99
Sam Stern's Get Cooking
After his first two books, teenager Sam wanted a challenge so he asked his mates to make a list of their favourite ingredients, which he then turned into meals and snacks. PublisherWalker Books How much £9.99
Barefoot Contessa Parties! By Ina Garten
Fans of the ebullient Contessa will love her latest book with lots of ideas for seasonal, and easy, entertaining. PublisherBantam Press How much £20
At Elizabeth David's Table
Published last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her first book, this has 12 chapters of everyday recipes from soups and starters to meat and desserts. PublisherMichael Joseph How much £25
Tart Love by Holly Herrick
Who doesn't love a bit of puff pastry? American chef Holly Herrick was trained in France and covers everything from lavender buttermilk to peach, pancetta and chèvre. PublisherGiles M Smith Inc How much £16.99
Bill's Everyday Asian by Bill Granger
Self-taught cook Bill makes easy, healthy Asian recipes for everyday meals by simplifying many of the classics so they are less daunting for the home cook. PublisherQuadrille How much £20
The Accidental Vegetarian by Simon Rimmer
He has been described as the vegetarian world's Jamie Oliver. Quick and easy recipes from Rimmer's Manchester restaurant which he opened with the aid of a friend, two cookbooks and lots of enthusiasm. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £9.99
Flossie Crums and the Royal Spotty Dotty Cake by Helen Nathan
The third book in this hugely successful series that combines adventures and baking. The recipes are simple and, combined with the fairy-tale adventures, have made this a real hit. PublisherPavilion How much £8.99
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
One-hundred favourite and innovative recipes including salty caramel, butter pecan and lime cardamom as well as Riesling pear sorbet and baked Alaska. PublisherArtisan Division of Workman Publishing How much £14.99
The Good Cook by Simon Hopkinson
The book to accompany Simon Hopkinson's very approachable and inspiring TV series is divided into sections - lamb, chicken, rice, fish, for example, and will give you new ideas as well as reinventing the old ones. PublisherBBC Books How much £25
Less Meat More Veg by Rachel de Thample
This is not a vegetarian book but a book about how to eat better meat, less often and with a high proportion of vegetables. The author shows you how to really use up the leftovers from the roast. PublisherKyle Cathie How much £16.99
A Taste of Home by Angela Hartnett
Hartnett likes to eat food from around the globe at home and she promises that it's not too 'cheffy'. There are lots of lovely pastas, risottos and salads. PublisherEbury Press How much £25
For the Love of Food by Denis Cotter
The latest book from the owner of the Cafe Paradiso in Cork has lots of inventive recipes that will also appeal to the non-vegetarians who want to try some new combinations and flavours. PublisherCollins How much £20
Hello Kitty My First Cookery Book Licenced by Sanrio
A good starting book that isn't all cakes and biscuits but includes open sandwiches and proper cooking such as cheesy mustard chicken. PublisherHarper Collins How much £3.99
The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree
Recipes include chilled raspberry soup and chocolate figs dipped in sea salt as well as savoury dishes and advice on hair, make-up and shopping for vintage dresses. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £20
What to Cook & How to Cook it by Jane Hornby
Lots of old favourites and classic dishes with clear step-by-step instructions, pictures and hints and tips. No specialist equipment and the ingredients are all in the supermarket. PublisherPhaidon How much £24.95
Small Adventures in Cooking by James Ramsden
Lots of speedy after-work suppers as well as a great section on what to cook when the only place for ingredients is the corner shop. PublisherQuadrille How much £14.99
Scandilicious by Signe Johansen
A beautifully presented book with a clean spacious layout. Includes tips on making blueberry tart, fish chowder, Jarlsberg and fennel muffins. PublisherSaltyard Books How much £20
The Meat Free Monday foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney
For those meat eaters who can't think how to cook without it, this will help and inspire. PublisherKyle Books How much £19.99
Paddington's Cookery Book by Michael Bond
Well, yes, there is a certain amount of marmalade but plenty of good basics to help little ones start, such as scrambled egg and beef stew. PublisherHarper Collins How much £12.99
The Good Table by Valentine Warner
Not just for entertaining obviously, this is a good book for a kitchen supper with friends as well as for an ordinary weeknight in. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £25
Food from Plenty by Diana Henry
Or to give it its full title: Good Food Made from the Plentiful, the Seasonal and the Leftover with Over 300 Recipes, None of Them Extravagant. Which means it's probably one of the most essential books you can have. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £25
The Family Meal by Ferran Adrià
A cookbook by the chef of the world-famous El Bulli that's broken down into three-course meals with the instructions in pictures and minimal writing making it easy to follow and beautiful to look at. Publisher Phaidon PublisherPhaidon How much £19.95
Rick Stein's Spain
Of course, he's known for his fish dishes but here Stein includes lots of meat dishes. It's arranged by region, and there's an index so if you happen to have some prawns and don't know what to do with them you can choose from the 10 suggestions there. PublisherBBC Books How much £25
New Vegetarian Kitchen by Nicola Graimes
Organised by method rather than season or ingredient, this covers steaming, simmering, frying and grilling. There are dozens of inventive recipes that will move you on from the old staples of lentils and bean burgers. PublisherDuncan Baird How much £20
Cook It Together by Annabel Karmel
In this book for older children, Annabel Karmel takes 10 ingredients and aims to show children where they come from or how they are made before showing them what to cook in easy step-by-step instructions. PublisherDorling Kindersley How much £7.99
Michel Roux Desserts
There are lots of ice creams, soufflés and sorbets but some pies and pastries too so it might not be the easiest of books but everything is so beautifully presented that it will bring a gasp to the table when you serve. PublisherQuadrille How much £14.99
Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches
In celebration of the classic Sunday lunch, here are 150 recipes from Yorkshire pudding to joints, with newer ideas for the long lunch including summer salads and winter stews. PublisherHeadline How much £20
Home Cooking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
A very approachable book. Great for entertaining - goat's cheese truffles - as well as a range of main courses from slow cooking for weekends to quick weeknight suppers. PublisherHarper Collins How much £20
The Cook's Book edited by Jill Norman
An international tome of a book. as each chapter is written by a different chef from Spain's Ferran Adrià to China's Ken Hom and New Zealand's Peter Gordon. PublisherDorling Kindersley How much £35
Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian
Fully revised and updated last year, this weighty tome has 1,000 recipes from the classic French onion soup to purple sprouting broccoli with lemon butter sauce. PublisherCollins How much £25
30 Healthy Things to Cook and Eat by Rebecca Gilpin
Thirty large wipe-clean recipe cards with clear details, good pictures of the finished dish and instructions of what to do next. PublisherUsborne Publishing How much £5.99
The Ginger Pig Meat Book by Tim Wilson and Fran Warde
Arranged monthly for seasonality, dishes include Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons and slow-roast belly of pork. PublisherMitchell Beazley How much £25
The Silver Spoon New Edition
Yes, it's Italian but it's also great for vegetarians, or anyone who struggles with the weekly veg box, and puddings as well as meat. PublisherPhaidon How much £30
The Modern Pantry by Anna Hansen
It might be more of a weekend book when you have a little more time but if you are cook who wants to be stretched a little, this is the one for you. PublisherEbury Press How much £125
Bought, Borrowed & Stolen by Allegra McEvedy
Truly, a book of world cooking as the author relates recipes from her travels and links it to cooking knives she has bought along the way. It all looks delicious. PublisherConran Octopus How much £25

From brilliant Basque chicken to marvellous meringue, Kate Watson-Smyth picks the tastiest titles for your kitchen


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