Get ready, Bake!

Mary Berry's baking bible: over 250 classic recipesGreat British Bake Off fans – six cook books to help your baking skills.

Mary Berry – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible: 250 classic recipes – The best!! 9 readers rate it 5 *

Tarek Malouf – The Hummingbird Bakery Nice classic recipes 

Scandilicious bakingJohn Whaite – John Whaite Bakes at Home Bake Off’s own – for more confident bakers

Sine Johanson – Scandilicious Baking Wasn’t there a very complicated  Swedish bake on last week? This might help

Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman- Meringue Girls Cookbook Meringues are the new macaroons

Signe Johansen – Scandilicious Baking – Wasn’t there a Swedish cake in last week’s Bake Off that looked complicated. This might help

Pronto! Fast cooking for summer

Pronto!: let's cook Italian in 20 minutesDo you want to sit and relax rather than slaving making dinner?

Pronto!: let’s cook Italian in 20 minutes by Gino D’Acampo may be worth taking a look at. It’s got 130 delicious and quick dishes to inspire you to leave behind the same ‘dull, after-work meals’. Recipes are organised by ingredients, so you can easily find a dish using what you have in the cupboard or fridge

Or there’s Emma Lewis’s Food for friends: every dish, three ways – you choose!: 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes   This is a collection of 360 recipes, providing a wealth of inspiration for relaxing meals to share with friends even when you’re short of time

Fay Ripley’s ‘Fay makes it easy: 100 delicious recipes to impress with no stress’  100 deliciously easy and simple recipes that will keep your family and friends coming back for more

Recipes on the move

If you’ve ever borrowed cookery books from the library and written down a few recipes you liked, this recipe manager app is a way to save them and add your own touches.

Called Sesame, you can use the app to find and save recipes from various websites, or input your own and tweak them if you find you prefer different ingredients or serving styles.  It also searches the web to help you find more recipes and let’s you tailor portion size/numbers to cater for and avoid the nasty ingredients you don’t like.

Recipes can be tagged to make them easy to find, and there’s a multiple timer feature so you can cook and time things together. It lets you email the recipe directly from the app to the person who’s just admired the meal you cooked. Also good for enlisting helpers – create a shopping list from your recipes so you or your lovely assistant can tick off the items as they go in your trolley. It’s all saved in the iCloud, so no problem if you drop your phone in the washing up.