My most favourite thank you this year has been a box of biscuits from the Biscuiteers-

Their stunning decorative cookies also taste scrumptious-the Christmas boxes are a unique and beautiful gift – I shall order one for myself!

England eats more biscuits than any other nation – here is the history and recipes of the favourites in a charming small book  well researched and tested by Lizzy Collingham- ideal as a Christmas present for the baker in your family. Lizzie Collingham  books include Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors and The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. She is currently an Associate Fellow of Warwick University and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She recently completed a project researching the history of the kitchens of the Indian President’s palace and regularly lectures on a gastronomic tour of Kerala. She works  like me inher ‘garden shed’ near Cambridge.