Tina Jordan
March 19, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

From recipes for your sweet tooth to volumes that stand the test of time, here are our picks for the best books for your money, all for $25 or less.

Hello, Cupcake

If your cupcake habit is costing you — and by that we mean your wallet, not your waistline — check out Karen Tack’s What’s New, Cupcake? ($16.95), which hits stores April 1; Who You Callin’ Cupcake? ($15.95), by Michelle and Vinny Garcia; and Cupcakes From the Primrose Bakery ($18.95), by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas.

Totally Classic

We love the new oversize paperback edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden ($14.95), beautifully illustrated by Inga Moore, as well as the latest volume in Penguin’s spiffy new classics series: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island ($20).

Old Books, New Looks

Vintage has just released especially nice editions of Laurie Colwin’s fabled memoir of food and family, Home Cooking, and her novel Happy All the Time ($15 each). Look for a 20th-anniversary reissue of Tim O’Brien’s great Vietnam novel The Things They Carried ($24), and the 25th-anniversary edition of Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero ($15).

What you can get for…

The John Cheever Audio Collection
There are 12 sepia-tinged stories of old-time New York included here. Some are read by Meryl Streep, others by the likes of Blythe Danner and George Plimpton. But two of the most magical, graceful tales are read by Cheever himself.

War in the Pacific
Richard Overy’s companion to the HBO series The Pacific isn’t just a book, it’s a collection of facsimile documents, such as the order to General MacArthur to abandon the Philippines, the ”Pocket Guide to Australia” issued to U.S. soldiers, and a battle report from Iwo Jima.

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