Skehan's no-nonsense debut, 'Good Mood Food', is a real family friend, and his follow-up (and TV tie-in) will also justify its shelf space for years to come. Once again, it's a confidence builder of a book that you don't need a store cupboard the size of Croke Park to use.

Whether you're after quick meals, party food, sweet treats or magic with leftovers, these globe-trotting recipes will inspire even the biggest culinary cowards and misfits to have a go, while veterans can also learn something new.

See the recipes from the 'Kitchen Hero' series on RTÉ One.

Those of us who have been brought up to believe that the most enjoyable food is 'the bit you make at home' will find another champion of that wisdom here, so curl up in front of the TV with a plate, surprise someone special or invite friends 'round - big smiles, full bellies and empty plates are guaranteed.

Harry Guerin