Festive showstoppers 2013: 12 cookbooks you need on your Christmas list

A new cookery book is the perfect gift for your food-loving family and friends this Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for a keen baker, a novice cook or a lover of fine dining, there are hundreds of great new books to choose from. To help you make your choice, we’ve rounded up our festive showstoppers – the cookbooks you simply must have on your Christmas shopping list this year. Buy them for the foodies in your life, and then sit back and wait from them to cook you something lovely!

Perfect cookbooks for daily inspiration

Mary Berry at Home

A collection of over 150 of Mary’s favourite dishes to cook for family and friends, with delicious and reliable recipes for every occasion. More about the book

The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen

A wonderful new book with seasonal cooking at its heart. Over 130 recipes provide daily kitchen inspiration right through the winter. More about the book

Books from our favourite food shows

Save with Jamie

An inspiring book to accompany Jamie’s recent Channel 4 series. Packed full of clever recipes and crafty tips to eat well and save money. More about the book

Rick Stein’s India

All the recipes from Rick’s journey of culinary discovery across India, plus many more. The ideal book for anyone in search of the perfect curry. More about the book

Cookbooks for happy bakers

Primrose Bakery: Celebrations

Amazing baking ideas for every special occasion from London’s Primrose Bakery team. Stunning photography makes this book a feast for the eyes. More about the book

The Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes

Take on a technical challenge, or bake yourself a showstopper, with the book to accompany this year’s popular Bake Off series. These recipes are truly foolproof. More about the book

Cookbooks for lovers of world cuisine

My Little French Kitchen

Let Rachel Khoo whisk you off on a grand tour of French cookery. Her second book is packed with simple, elegant recipes from every region. More about the book

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The first recipe book from New York blogging sensation Deb Perelman is the perfect gift for serious foodies. Contemporary American home cooking at its best. More about the book

Great books for fine diners

Michael Caines at Home

A sophisticated, intelligent cookery book from one of Britain’s most highly regarded chefs. This is home cooking with Michelin-starred style. More about the book

The Gilbert Scott Book of British Food

Chef and restaurateur Marcus Wareing rediscovers and reinvents traditional British classics for a new era. Stunning photography accompanies over 130 recipes. More about the book

Cookbooks for a Christmas to remember

Delia’s Happy Christmas

Feeling daunted by the prospect of cooking the Christmas classics this year? Never fear! Hold Delia’s hand and all will be well. A festive classic. More about the book

Nigella Christmas

Celebrate Christmas  with this bestseller from Nigella, with recipes and menu ideas for every festive occasion. More about the book

Happy Christmas shopping from The Happy Foodie team.

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