THE ART OF THE PARTY: Drinks & Nibbles for Easy Entertaining by food and drinks writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge offers up 90 simple and tasty recipes for cocktails and finger foods that can be prepared well in advance so you can be the hit of your own party. Fun cocktails include the poinsettia which is made of cranberry juice, Cointreau, prosecco, and a twist of orange; or the French 75 made up of gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, Champagne, and a twist of lemon. Appetizers include a soup shot of green gazpacho with serrano ham crisps; polenta “fries” with rosemary and sea salt flakes; mini cornbreads with bacon, chilli and cheese; and avocado toasts with anchovies.

INSTANTLY FRENCH: Classic French Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker from food and travel writer Ana Mah is a wonderful exploration into the use of this new kitchen convenience but in a classical and thoughtful manner. French traditional dishes are made easy with the electric pressure cooker including French onion soup (soupe à l’oignon gratinée); chicken in red wine sauce (coq au vin); mussels steamed with white wine, garlic, and parsley (moules marinière); beef braised in red wine (boeuf Bourguignon): and even crème brûlée.

MODERN BAKING: Cakes, Cookies, and Everything In Between by internationally regarded Australian cookbook author Donna Hay is full of over 250 delightful recipes for cakes, biscuits and all kinds of amazingly delicious sweet delights. This is Donna Hay’s baking bible full of mouth-watering recipes including: chocolate s’more cookie sandwiches; salted chocolate caramel tarts; caramelized fig meringues; ricotta hotcakes with spiced sugar; and lemon curd impossible puddings.

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