Oh readers, how lucky we are to have had Laurie Colwin cooking amongst us for the 48 years before her untimely death. Her writing is the kind of feast for the senses we rarely experience even in the best of books about food.

I first read Home Cooking a few years ago, and as with the best of books it felt like having the most intimate of conversations with my truest friend. Literary and accessible. Hungry and often beautiful. And then, silly me, I lent the book to heaven knows who, never to be returned or indeed, read again. Until now.

For last night after I downloaded and devoured Family Happiness holed up in the fridge that is my bedroom, I discovered that Home Cooking was just $1.99 on Amazon.com too, and before I knew it, it was safely ensconced in my Kindle and this evenings entertainment was secured.

Read it to remember why food is family and family is love.

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen. Available on Amazon.com here and Amazon.Co.uk here.

2. Family Happiness by Laurie Colwin. Buy it on Amazon.Com here . Sadly it is not currently available in the UK. So sorry.