Come this time of year, if you're anything like us, you probably find yourself drawn to the comforts of food. And, although you doubtless have your old family favourites, there's nothing like trying out a host of new recipes to warm you up. But there are so many new and, as yet, undiscovered tomes out there right now that choosing the right one for you can be quite a challenge. While you will have your own ideas, we thought we'd share just some of our favourites.

The Ski House Cookbook: Warm Winter Dishes for Cold Weather Fun 

by Tina Anderson & Sarah Pinneo

The beauty of a really good cookbook is that, without actually leaving your home (save the important trip to the shops to buy ingredients, of course), you can pretty much travel the world without very much effort.  And, one of my latest jaunts into the fantasy lifestyle has been to a cosy timber lodge, high atop an Alp. Or a Rocky. Or, for that matter, a Cairngorm. My long days ski-ing were rewarded by tasty, heart-warming dishes eaten beside a roaring fire. Except they weren't. Because this is a fantasy. I didn't leave my own English suburban home and the roaring fire was really a couple of candles burning in the hearth. But with the scrummy recipes in this gorgeous book, it was no effort whatsoever to picture myself high atop a mountain. Containing around 125 recipes none of which would be out of place in that ski-house, but all of which are perfect for cosy nights at home, this book is a revelation. Because all of the recipes are quick to make, easy to prepare and leave you completely satisfied without being exhausted. There are meals for all times of day and all occasions, from casual gatherings and family meals, to entertaining and celebrations. Should you actually be in the mountains, the book offers advice on cooking at high altitudes, and codes its recipes with the kind of geometric symbols used on the ski slopes.


Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul 

by Diana Henry

Diana Henry's books always have the most delightful titles. (Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons & Salt Sugar Smoke are just two of them.) This book, the author notes, is the culmination of five years spent travelling the globe's 'snowiest climes'. gathering recipes from Northern Europe and North America. Imagine yourself dining in Russia, in Austria, Italy. Hungary and Canada. Plenty of recipes with which to impress your friends.

Eat Feed Autumn Winter: 30 Ways to Celebrate When the Mercury Drops 

by Anne Bramley

A lovely book that pays great attention to cooking what's in season, it offers a very varied array of feasts. For those of us who really value all the seasons, and want to celebrate every aspect, not just the obvious Christmas/New Year period, it's really deserving its space on your bookshelf. And there are suggestions for entertaining too.

Scandinavian Christmas 

by Trine Hahnemann

I'm a huge fan of Trine Hahnemann, and already own her  "The Scandinavian Cookbook" and  "Nordic Diet" books. This lovely book is full of ideas for food, drink and celebration in the Scandinavian style. Covering pretty much the whole festive period, from the beginning of Advent to the start of the New Year,  there are recipes for sweet treats and cosy comfort food too. It is an absolute delight.

Snowflakes and Schnapps  by 

jane Lawson

It might look like a coffee table book, with its huge dimensions. gorgeous photography and artistic layout, but Jane Lawson's book is a really useful, practical book. Traditional recipes get a modern twist in this collection of simple peasant foods and glamorous feasts from right across the snowier areas of Europe. Gorgeous book, gorgeous food.