The Which? Good Food Guide celebrates its 55th anniversary this year with reviews of more than 1,200 restaurants across the UK, from the best gastro-pubs to the finest top-end dining.

Providing up-to-the-minute information on chefs, openings and changes of ownership, the guide once again sets out to help readers choose the best - and avoid the worst - restaurants the UK has to offer.

For those who like to stay abreast of the latest food fashions, one of this year's success stories promises to be the Bistrot de Luxe, according to the guide.

Promising none of the usual faddy pre-starters and pre-desserts, these are unpretentious and lively places that make a virtue of straightforward cooking. And the good news is they're not confined to London.

As for gastronomic hotspots, the guide confirms that Marlow in Buckinghamshire goes from strength to strength, after the arrival of Aiden Byrne at Danesfield House, while Rick Stein has had to

surrender his crown in Padstow to Paul Ainsworth's No 6.

It also includes introductory features from Gordon Ramsay and John Simpson.

Published by Which? on

3 October.

Fabulous Food Shops

This book, which received rave reviews when it was published in hardback last year, is now being published in paperback. It offers a unique opportunity to browse 33 food shops across the world. Published by Wiley Academy this month.

The City of London Cook Book

This guide promises a combination of fact, gossip, humour and recipes. The area's culinary treats include recipes from contributors as diverse as Tony Blair and Gordon Ramsay.

Published by Accent Press on 18 September.

Star Cooks

Sold in aid of national food charity Foodshare, this cookbook for kids is packed with healthy recipes by celebrity chefs and has a section on how to how to incorporate five a day into diets. Published by DK on 5 October.