After years of teaching young people how to cook, Bee Walsh of the Busy Bee Cookery School in Monkstown teamed up with her daughter, designer and stylist Jill Walsh, to put all that hard-earned knowledge down on paper. 'The Right Bite' is a collection of recipes for the over-14s which encourages people to cook inventive and inviting real food.

With an A to Z of cooking terms and ingredients, along with information on herbs, unusual fruit and farmers' markets, this book would be particularly useful to anyone who's just left home and has to fend for themselves for the first time, be they 19 or 29. Lots of common sense, practical tips and simple recipes make this a good cookbook for a first-timer although anyone with a little more cooking experience may quickly tire of this blend of 70s standards (Stuffed Mushrooms, Melon Cocktail, Éclairs au Chocolat), updated with a selection of more modern international dishes (Chilli Nachos, Gambas Pil-Pil, Thai Chicken with Bean Sprouts and Noodles). But the old reliables are there for a reason - everyone needs to know how to make a decent Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing and Potato Cakes are popular precisely because they are easy and, most importantly, tasty.

Bee Walsh evidentially knows her market well, and with chapters that include Grab Grub for people on the go and DVDs (Delicious Veggie Dishes), alongside the usual Mains, Desserts and Salads, 'The Right Bite' is enticing even for the novice although the photographs (perhaps more realistic than most cookbooks!) don't do justice to the final results.

Caroline Hennessy