What better way to shrug off the winter blues than to get in the kitchen and cook something warming, comforting and nutritious? These five cookery books are packed with the kind of recipes you need to see you through the cold season - soups, stews, casseroles, roasts and puddings. These are dishes you'll want to eat curled up by an open fire, while you laugh in the face of the wind and rain outside.
Lindsey Bareham's One Pot Wonders
New from one of Britain's most respected food writers, Lindsey Bareham, is a fantastic book of dishes to cook in a single pot. Billed as '100 recipes to curl up with', these are perfect dishes for cold winter nights, with inspiration for Big Soups, Stews, Curries, Puddings and more. An added bonus - with only one pot to wash up, you'll have more time to savour the memory of a great meal whilst tucked up by a roaring fire. Winter bliss.
Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food
If only all pubs served food like this. Tom Kerridge's wonderful new book gives you the chance to recreate sophisticated pub cooking in your own home. Traditional mixes comfortably with modern, with the sections on Meat and Puddings providing instant inspiration for hearty winter dishes. The slow roasted shoulder of lamb is a must on any Sunday lunch menu.
One of the big hits of the Christmas book-buying season, and rightly featured in numerous high profile 'Best of 2013' lists (including The Guardian), this wonderful recipe book from The Great British Bake Off collection, is full of exciting modern seasonal cooking. With all recipes written by Delicious Magazine food editor, Lizzie Kamenetzky, essential sections include Weeknight Comfort, Weekend Feasts, Winter Veg and Seasonal Occasions.
The Pieminister team are best known for bringing their mouth-wateringly delicious gourmet pies to to the delis and supermarkets of the nation. Now, with the release of their debut cookbook, they share the secrets of their pie-making success, with over 100 recipes for pies to suit every occasion. As the title of the book suggests, they advocate eating pies all year round, but winter has to be the best time to start enjoying the fruits of your pie-making labours.
Recipes from the book: Plumble
A homage to our nation's greatest puddings and desserts, this book is packed with recipes that'll fill you with nostalgic warmth and comfort on a frosty winter day. From steamed puddings to crumbles, and school dinner favourites to chocoholic delights, these are dishes to savour, smothered in custard, curled up in an armchair while the wind whistles outside.