I have grown quite a collection of cookbooks over the years and whilst I enjoy them all I do have a few favourites. These favourites are ones I can turn to for fail safe recipes using ingredients I will mostly have stocked.

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Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals – I love Jamie Oliver’s books and do have most of them. I remember when I saw the trailer for the series and first thought that I wouldn’t be interested in it but the book is really good. It’s a great collection of weekday meals which are simple to follow. Once you’ve made a few of these they are the kind of recipes which stick in your head and can play around with to make your own.

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Comfort Food – Another Jamie Oliver book and my favourite Jamie Oliver book, it is packed with mouth-wateringly good recipes that you will want to make. When I first get a cookbook I go through it and add sticky notes on the recipes I really want to cook from it – when I went through this book I was close to adding sticky notes to every page.

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Good housekeeping Step-By-Step Cook Book – This was one of my first cookbooks and is one I still refer to regularly. It has all the classic recipes with great explanations on preparing the food and cooking particular types of food, such as preparing veg etc., as well as recipes using that food. This is the recipe I turn to for the perfect Yorkshire puddings.



Deliciously Ella – This was a book I picked up recently without any research on it. It’s a lovely book with beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipes. It’s not a book packed with recipes you can make that night as a lot of the ingredients aren’t cupboard staples but it is a great one for healthy snacks and healthy lunch ideas.


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