With Valentines Day approaching, the world is aflurry with red roses, hearts and chocolate. We thought that you might need a break from all the festivities so here’s a little red book that will keep you in good stead all year ‘round.

The Silver Spoon is a comprehensive collection of Italian cuisine. One can only liken it to the wiles of The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child because its systematic logic guides the cook through various categories including separate chapters for eggs, vegetables, fish & crustaceans and our personal favourite, cheese.

The weighty volume includes menus for festive occasions as well as menus designed by celebrated chefs, which will give you hours of reading, cooking and inspired time.