This new book by the Irish TV cook Rachel Allen is as easy on the eye as it is to use. From cheese straws to Cornish saffron cake, homemade pies to frosted cupcakes, it's packed with straightforward recipes for cakes, bakes, tarts, quiches and casseroles and even includes some wheat- or gluten-free recipes. Better still, with the credit crunch in mind, buy it yourself and bake something pretty. You'll win extra brownie points, too.
Collins - £20