CRACKED: CREATIVE AND EASY WAYS TO COOK WITH EGGS, by Linda Tubby. Published by Kyle Books ( £16.99. Softback.

A WRITER and food stylist who grew up in the Northumberland countryside, the author has always understood the importance of fresh ingredients, and she argues that you will never go hungry with half a dozen eggs in the kitchen.
Here she offers a huge variety of recipes, from the simplest of dishes, including how to make the perfect boiled, scrambled and poached eggs, to soufflés and meringues, plus exotic recipes inspired by her extensive travels overseas.
From India come egg hoppers with kachumber; from Vietnam bun cha with omelette noodles, plus Chinese-style marbled tea eggs and other recipes from Spain, Indonesia, Japan, Ireland, Thailand and Italy. Stressing the importance of eggs as a vital ingredient for millions across the world, Linda points out that the humble hen’s egg averages about 70 calories, which means that including them in your diet is also great for weight management.