1. Cooking With Coco
By Anna Del Conte (£18.99, Chatto & Windus)
"If I tell you that I have already bought 25 copies of this book to give to friends, even before my Christmas shopping is underway, you might understand how passionately I feel about this title. I have always been a fan of Anna del Conte and have written about her and her importance to me before, but this book is quite a departure for her, being the first book that includes non-Italian recipes. One of them, the upside down sausage and onion pie, has already added itself to my weekend supper repertoire, and there are many more. And on top of the cook-me-now recipes, the writing is beautiful and enormously moving, as Anna tells of cooking with her food-obsessed grand-daughter."