It was a fantastic year for cookery, with the triumphant return of Nigella Lawson and the continuing excellence of Yotam Ottolenghi meaning there was a book for every palette. With Christmas but a few moments away, if you are still hunting for that perfect present, you cannot go wrong with a cookbook. Even if they never cook a single recipe, the likes of Anna Jones have succeeded in creating a well-being tome rather than a list of recipes, which will be enjoyed by anyone.

If you want to know about Lawson's latest concoctions or are interested in Rick Stein's travels around the Mediterranean Booker, check out IBTimes UK's pick of 2015's finest food books.