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Food for body and soul. Elizabeth David's An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (Penguin, 3hrs, pounds 8.99) is perfect kitchen listening, peppered with mouth-wateringly simple combinations of Mediterranean delicacies. Appreciatively read by Sian Phillips, David's short essays from the 1960s vividly conjure up a culinary purity and simplicity that we have lost in today's obsession with over-elaborate food combinations.

Pope John XXIII was arguably the greatest pope in the modern period and certainly the best-beloved. You don't need to be a Catholic to be inspired by Days of Devotion (pounds 8.99), a selection of his reflections on what it means to be a Christian.

Christina Hardyment

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