My favourite things ( in no order of preference and taking out Ed and work for this purpose) are books, cooking, havens, gardens and animals.
I am a cook type person - a pretty good one apparently. In fact I supported myself through University, with my own little catering company.
Nigel Slater is a cook, not a chef, and a really marvelous one at that. His recipes are the ones I use most often, and his books replace my novel reading at times, such is his delightful prose. If you have never used his books - start with the Kitchen Diaries as it will change the way you feel about cooking and eating.
The above is my new favourite and I'm going to read it cover to cover this weekend - it really deserves my full attention.
I really can't wait.