Recipe for a happy kitchen! Whet your cook’s appetite with this list of 2016’s BEST

Jamie Oliver has been a mentor for an entire generation of young cooks who were inspired by his passionate belief that cooking with fresh ingredients could be tasty, fun and a bit irreverent. Here, he tackles that most daunting of culinary prospects: Christmas food.

Monty Don's own doggy memoir should represent a stark contrast to Mooney's. Whereas she happily attributes human-style thoughts and emotions to pets, he sternly warns us how unscientific this is.

Michelle Slatalla is a former columnist for the New York Times and the editor-in-chief of the Gardenista website. Her 'definitive guide to outdoor spaces' begins with a 'gardenista manifesto'.

These picture books are a sumptuous feast for the eyes. They include the British Wildlife Photography Awards and Chanel Catwalk. They can be purchased from the Mail Book Shop.

The British upper classes are like the best sitcom characters: they're funny precisely because they don't know they're funny. Del Boy doesn't realise we're laughing at him. Neither does David Brent.

Joanie’s bonkbuster or le Carre’s spy — which will the Mail’s stars pick this year? 

The Mail's columnists have chosen their best books of the year. Richard Littlejohn recommends Darktown by Thomas Mullen, Sarah Vine chose Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Jan Moir enjoyed reading A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre.

In this collection of the Economist magazine's 'explainers', their short articles answering questions on just about any and every topic you can imagine.

This is John Simpson, the former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He started at the OED in 1976, straight out of university, as the most junior editor and retired in 2013 as head honcho.

Henry Jeffreys' book has an interesting premise: that of all the countries that might lay claim to having the greatest influence on alcoholic refreshment, it's probably Britain that shades it.

Iain has more than 30 years of conservation experience (he even started a nature reserve in Sussex), and the proceeds of this book are donated to charity as he tirelessly works for zero profit.

At the heart of Margaret Thatcher's radical revival lay the privatisation of state-owned firms and the spread of a share-owning democracy. Key to this was Big Bang.

Marc Jacobs' dog Neville is the hardest-working dog in fashion. With an Instagram account, adoring fans and now his very own book, he is fast becoming more popular than his owner.

Sir David Tang is the glorious exception to the curse of social anxiety that tends to bedevil even the most confident. His Chinese name, Tang Wing-Cheung, means 'forever brilliant'.

Mary S. Lovell's book is a portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes.

My Son's Not Rainman is a celebration of all the autistic traits that are not miraculous, but which still bring swirling rushes of emotion into the lives of struggling families.

Alfresco frolics, an enduring love affair and a very forgiving wife

The explosive story of Bates's long affair with her colleague, William Evans, is recorded in the remarkably frank wartime diary that is finally published this year. It's billed as the account of a 'surprisingly modern romance' and, though the struggles of The Other Woman are as old as time, Bates's independent, go-getting attitude is strikingly modern at a period when unmarried mothers were still unwelcome on many British maternity units.

Frank Buckland was born in 1826 in Oxford, son of a geology professor there. He loved animals and in later life he tasted all sorts of animal meat in the hope of finding a new source of food for mankind.

Leaf through the pages of this evocative book, written and compiled by leading propaganda historian David Welch, and be transported back to wartime Blighty and its jolly stoicism.

The words of the hermit mystic Julian of Norwich echo down the centuries, curious words of comfort from an age of war, hardship, plague, religious persecution and horrible executions.

Normally, when people are described as 'forgotten figures', there's a faint air of regret about it. In the case of MP John Beckett, though, his obscurity seems thoroughly deserved.

Whatever happens in next Tuesday's election, the United States is in for a first. If Hillary Clinton wins she'll become the first female president, while Donald Trump would be the country's oldest at 70.

Ian Cobain, author of this well-researched and carefully written book, takes deadly aim at the official version of modern British history. It deserves to change the way we see our recent past.

Brave boys the fat man branded liars: How Cyril Smith's victims were ignored when they

All this week, Labour MP Simon Danczuk is laying bare how the Establishment, the Liberal Party, the police and even MI5 covered up the industrial-scale child abuse of 29-stone Rochdale MP Cyril Smith. Today, how his victims were ignored and betrayed when they tried to expose their suffering.