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Cooking has many benefits: it’s calming, it’s creative and, if you follow the recipe right, it leaves you with a delicious meal at the end.
And though we know that many recipes can now be found online, nothing beats the joy of thumbing through a beautifully bound cookbook, marking the recipes that look the best.
Plus, who wants to risk getting tomato sauce all over the iPad?
There are a plethora of cookbooks out there though - different cuisines, different occasions and different methods - and so finding one that is straightforward to follow with a range of delicious recipes to suit your taste can feel a challenge.
We’ve found that the best recipe books are those that are simple to follow with meals that are often quick to put together, whether you’ve got lots of hungry mouths to feed or just don’t have the time to faff around with chiffonading vegetables (no, we don’t know either).
So, to make sure cooking is a pleasure and not a chore, we’ve rounded the best easy cookbooks for you to fill your shelves with.
8 of the best easy cookbooks
30-Minute Vegetarian: 100 Green Recipes to Prep in 30 Minutes or Less | £12.79 from Blackwells
The concept is simple, ease your way into a mostly or full vegetable-forward diet by cooking dishes that are quick to prepare and impossible to resist.
The Roasting Tin: Simple One Dish Dinners | £9.81 from Wordery
The concept is simple: each of the 75 recipes use fresh, easy ingredients, take a few minutes prep, and let the oven do the bulk of work.
Pinch of Nom Everyday Light: 100 Tasty, Slimming Recipes All Under 400 Calories | £10 from Waterstones
100 delicious recipes all under 400 calories from the authors of Pinch of Nom, the fastest-selling cookbook of all time. Expect a surprising amount of deliciousness from ‘virtuous’ foods.
SIMPLE: effortless food, big flavours by Diana Henry | £13.59 from Wordery
The winner of The Fortnum & Mason Cookery Book of the Year Award includes beautiful food photography and, let’s face it, no-one is better than Diana Henry at turning the everyday into something special.
Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store-cupboard Recipes | £6.99 from Waterstones
From cookbook extraordinaire, Jack Monroe - known for creating delicious recipes on a shoestring budget - this tin can cookbook uses ingredients you will already have in your house. You don’t much more fuss-free than that.
The Quick After-Work Cookbook | £8.72 from WHSmith
Designed for use when you’re tired, hungry and just want to get in front of your latest Netflix obsession each of the exciting recipes can be on the table in half an hour or less.
Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients | £9.99 from eBooks
With just five ingredients that have maximum flavour and minimum fuss, Jamie will have you cooking exciting food that's ready in less than 30 minutes. Win, win.
Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together | £20 from Waterstones
The brains, and braun, behind the Lean In 15 empire, Joe Wicks family-friendly book is about big portions with little effort.