The interest in slow cooking and using a slow cooker continues unabated with Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients fame jumping on board with The Easiest Slow Cooker Book Ever!

With more than 100 favourite family dishes, from soups, casseroles and vegetarian dishes, this easy to use cookbook makes cooking for those with little time a whole lot simpler, whilst ensuring maximum flavour.

For those who like their slow cooking a little more adventurous, you can’t go past the latest Australian Women’s Weekly book on slow cooking, Slow Cooker Comfort Food.

Sumptious looking with tried and tested yet innovative dishes, this large-format book is worth curling up on the lounge with just to savour the piccies!

Another easy, time-saving cookbook is Simple Every Day, by popular food writer Justine Schofield. Designed to save you time in the kitchen, this lovely looking book has recipes for quick pastas, soups, seafood and meat dishes, curries and gorgeous desserts.

Justine is the host of the Channel 10 Everyday Gourmet program, a cooking columnist and caterer. This is her second cookbook and she devotes a whole chapter to slow cooked weekend meals sure to make your mouth water.

For those looking to create healthier fast family meals, the new cookbook from Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame, Fast Family Meals, is packed with nutritious, easy and tasty meals that are quick to prepare.

She focuses on preparing simple, delicious food for $5 or less per serve, using leftovers, meals for kids and preparing meals in advance for the week ahead. Her priority is to make affordable food which has the most flavour and is the easiest to prepare for a family.

And now for something completely different, as Monty Python would say, is the quirky new cookbook, Junk Food Japan, from Australian chef Scott Hallsworth.

Scott worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before returning home to open the famous Nobu restaurant in Melbourne in 2007. He now works in London with two Kurobuta pop-up locations, featuring Japanese-themed food. From snacks, raw dishes, BBQ and sushi-style dishes, through to the wonderful junk food that Japanese food lovers find so addictive, this is a unique yet easy to prepare book full of original takes on Japanese tradition.

For desserts lovers and Tour de France aficionados, the most popular cookbook of late is So French So Sweet, from Gabriel Gate. Full of classic French recipes for tarts, cakes and desserts, it is utterly mouth-watering, with the Apricot Tart alone sure to make you swoon.