Antonio Carluccio (Quadrille, £25) The well-known Italian chef says his motto is MOF MOF: minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour. The book is full of Italian classics, but there are plenty of new ideas, too. Try frittedda, a Sicilian stew for which baby artichokes, onions, peas and beans are put in a pan with parsley for 20 minutes— that’s all.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Taste of France
Carol Hilker (Cico Books, £16.99) An unlikely book, but who could miss James Joyce’s beef tea, T. S. Eliot’s duck à l’orange or even Scott’s