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5 cook books that will release your inner foodie

September 15, 2017
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Long, dreary cookbooks are a thing of the past as people are now looking for short cuts and cheats. After a long day at work sometimes the thought of getting home and cooking is about as inspiring as a boiled bag of rice.

But with the help of a great cookbook, you are sure to fall in love with cooking again.

From super quick lunches to cheap and cheerful mains, here are our favourite cookbooks that you just have use.

Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals, Jamie Oliver

Quick, easy, healthy, tasty, do we really need to go on? One of the most famous chefs worldwide, Jamie Oliver brings you his record-breaking cookbook ‘30-Minute Meals’. Based on the popular television show, Jamie gives you the tips and tricks needed to be organised and focused in the kitchen so you can produce delicious meals in a short amount of time.

With 50 new and tasty meal ideas for all seasons and occasions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From melt-in-your-mouth spring lamb to lemon and raspberry cheesecake, you’ll be amazed at what you can make in just 30 minutes.

Nigella Express, Nigella Lawson

The domestic goddess Nigella Lawson is a household name who we have grown to love. Her top-selling cookbook ‘Nigella Express’ brings fabulous fast food, ingenious short cuts, time-saving tips and of course her delicious, indulgent recipes.

Whether you are planning a big family dinner, or simply want something quick to prepare for work, Nigella has the perfect ideas and preparation skills for you to try out at home. From buttermilk roast chicken, naan pizza, and garlic calamari, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to cook first.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child

It’s been 14 years since the release of this iconic cookbook by Julia Child and it is still the best-selling cookbook world-wide. With a whopping 524 famous recipes for all occasions and feasts, this book is also perfect for new learners thanks largely to the detailed instructions provided.

Child also discusses how ingredients should be stored as well as handled to ensure the best tasting quality, so your meals blow your family and friends away. Put your skills to the test with a fluffy soufflé or dig into a warming French onion soup bowl. This book is ideal for people who love cooking and experimenting.

From melt-in-your-mouth spring lamb to lemon and raspberry cheesecake, you’ll be amazed at what you can make in just 30 minutes.

Thug Kitchen, Various

Initially a website trying to encourage young people to eat healthier, Thug Kitchen’s popularity grew and they released this incredible hip cookbook. Thug Kitchen is not your typical cookbook as the language is informal, famous recipes have been altered, and well, it’s just more fun.

For anyone who is starting out cooking or if you know someone who’s going to university, this book is the ideal gift. Be ready to make dishes such as roasted beer cauliflower tacos and pumpkin chilli. Like the authors state at the start of the book “cooking vegetables takes a minute and a little finesse, but it’s not &%#* rocket science.”

The Complete Cooking For Two, America’s Test Kitchen

Cookbooks can prove difficult for couples or roommates due to the typical recipe portions. Sometimes you just want a quick spag bol but end up cooking enough for the entire street. So how do you avoid that? The Complete Cooking for Two of course.

With 650 recipes listed with clear and easy to follow instructions you will be able to cook great food that is just enough for two portions. Because of this less equipment and cooking time will be needed so you can spend more time enjoying your food.

With a large variety of starters, main courses, and desserts to choose from such as; fudgy brownies, pan seared rib-eye steaks and chicken saltimbocca, you can also enjoy delicious home cooked meals without the hassle and that cost less.

Jack O'RiordanView all posts

Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.