There’s nothing worse than picking up a cookbook to find it's full of ingredients you can’t pronounce, that mean you have to spend half your month’s wages in Wholefoods before heading home and spending 4 hours in the kitchen getting confused and stressed. When it comes to cookbooks, we like them to be full of good, nourishing meals that won’t cost the earth or take all day to prepare. So if you’re searching for some inspiration in the kitchen or a Christmas gift for the healthy foodie in your life, these are the five no-nonsense cookbooks you need to try…
Described as “The New Nigella” by the Times, at just 21 years old Izy Hossack is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the food world. As a student herself, she focuses on “maximum flavour for minimum effort, without breaking the bank” and her latest book, The Savvy Cook, is full of easy vegetarian recipes that are nourishing, delicious and fad-free. We love the focus on using leftovers and eating sustainably, without sacrificing flavour.
We couldn’t do a cookbook round up without giving a shout out to our friends at Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box service. Founders Myles and Giles came out with this awesome recipe book earlier this year, full of 30-minute, gluten-free meals that have a maximum of 10 ingredients. Their ethos is right up our street: no meticulous calorie counting or strict diets, just good, wholesome food.
The latest recipe book from internet sensation and best-selling author Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, is all about delicious and nutritious recipes to share with your friends and family.
It takes a similar format to his previous books, with sections for reduced-carb dishes, post-workout meals, side dishes and even smoothies & sweet treats. They might take a little longer to make than the ones you'd find on his Instagram, but they are definitely worth the wait! From classic dishes like toad in the hole and a Sunday roast, to a sticky toffee pudding, these meals will be crowd-pleasers whether your guests are fans of his 90 day plan or not.
The king of cookbooks, Jamie Oliver, has released his latest book and it couldn’t be more simple. All his recipes, straight from his Channel 4 series Quick and Easy Food, can be made using just 5 simple, wholesome ingredients. It’s all about quality not quantity and using ingredients that pack a punch, meaning you don’t need to buy half the supermarket to make your dinner! With over 130 recipes to choose from, there’s a little something for everyone, and every recipe has visuals, an easy to follow method and nutritional information. This is our top pick for any busy parent’s looking for easy but wholesome recipes to please their families.
In her recently published first book, junior doctor, personal trainer and blogger, Hazel Wallace shares her story and her favourite nutritious recipes. With her background in medicine, her take on nutrition is refreshingly no-nonsense and based on actual science, and her book is full of myth busting and foods that can boost your mood and improve your sleep.
For those struggling to eat well during the winter months, you’ll certainly find inspiration in her comforting meals such as fish and chips, healthy bangers and mash, salmon pie and a whole lot of chocolate and peanut butter in the dessert section – she’s definitely a girl after our heart!