If there's a present needed for a foodie on your Christmas list, you've just saved yourself a search. With proceeds going to the Irish Hospice Foundation, you will get as much enjoyment from buying 'Zest!' as they do from trying out the 160-plus recipes - and if it's for your own kitchen that's double the joy!

Described by the book's culinary advisor Paolo Tulio as "a showcase for the best of Irish cooking", 'Zest!' gathers many of the big names alongside chefs from establishments that you may not have heard of but will want to visit after seeing/making their creations.

From Banana Gingerbread (The Tannery, Waterford) to Irish Angus Fillet of Beef with Warm Rocket, Watercress and Baby Potato Salad (Salt Restaurant in Lisloughrey Lodge, Cong), there's something for snack or feast.

Old favourites like Shepherd's Pie (Nuremmore Hotel and Country Club, Carrickmacross) and Fish and Chips (Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill, Dublin) share space with Calcutta Fish Stew (Ananda Restaurant, Dublin) and Almond and Sultana Ice Cream with a shot of Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Jacques Restaurant, Cork), and those cooking might even find that something they thought was a no-no for their taste buds ends up being a yes-yes..

Great for the belly and the soul.

Harry Guerin