1. Eating for England by Nigel Slater - He describes food in a way no other can and eloquently takes you back to the first time you damaged the roof of your mouth with a piece of toblerone or the warm feeling you get when you sink your spoon into a treacle sponge.
This is how he describes cake, I think I want this on my grave...
"British cakes have a certain wobbly charm to them, and what might be missing in terms of finesse is there in lick-your-fingers stickiness...they are something you tuck into with the enthusiasm of a labrador at a water bowl."
2. Cakes & Bakes, From my Mother's Kitchen by Linda Collister - The cakes in this book are both special and comfortingly familiar. I made the pistachio and carrot cake for the other half for his birthday as it's shards of green pistachio make it look celebratory enough to give as a gift.
3. Weekend Baking by Sarah Randell - Fabulously easy recipes but massive crowd pleasers. I recently adapted the chocolate and raspberry bars to sell at a fair and they were gone in under an hour!