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7 Essential Cookbooks For Every Kitchen Shelf


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Essential cookbooks in your kitchen make getting good nutrition so much more enjoyable as we have delicious recipes to test out and tuck into right at hand. Healthy never has to be boring, it’s just about knowing the tips and tricks to make food as flavoursome and appealing as possible. Luckily, there are lots of fantastic cookbooks on the market, brimming with nutritious AND delicious recipes that will make mealtimes a thoroughly enjoyable experience whilst leaving you feel nourished and satisfied afterwards. Here are some examples of my favourites:

The Green Roasting Tin – Rukmini

The Green Roasting Tin is ideal for anyone who is time poor or for people who love food but don’t enjoy the cooking process. The book is devoted to flavoursome traybakes with 75 recipes overall and is divided according to the cooking time (30 mins, 45 mins or an hour).

It is ideal for anyone who is looking to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle as all the recipes are either vegan or vegetarian.


Iyer has taken inspiration from her mother’s Indian cooking and has cleverly developed recipes for curries that can be cooked on a tray rather than laboriously cooking them for hours on the stove – game changer!

The Doctor’s Kitchen – Dr Rupy

The Doctor’s Kitchen by Dr. Rupy is a joyful and inspiring read for anyone who wants to feel their best, both inside and out. This book provides a unique and scientifically backed approach to nutrition, with a focus on the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to integrate it into a busy lifestyle.

With practical tips, delicious recipes, and an uplifting tone, Dr. Rupy shows us how easy and enjoyable it can be to take control of our health through the power of food. Whether you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen or a fresh perspective on wellness, The Doctor’s Kitchen is the perfect guide to kickstart your journey to feeling your best.

Parsi – Farokh Talati

Parsi: From Persia to Bombay is a gorgeous cookbook that celebrates the rich history and culinary traditions of the Parsi community. The book is filled with mouth-watering recipes and fascinating stories that showcase the unique and vibrant culture of this ancient civilization.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just looking for a taste of something new, Parsi: From Persia to Bombay is sure to leave you feeling inspired and uplifted. So why not dive in and discover the flavours and stories of this amazing culture today!

One: Pot, Pan, Planet – Anna Jones

Anna Jones’ One: Pot, Pan, Planet showcases the importance of sustainable cooking. With a focus on plant-based ingredients, this book provides delicious and wholesome recipes that are not only good for your health but also good for the planet.

Jones presents a greener way of cooking that is easy to adopt and encourages readers to reduce waste, conserve energy, and support local producers. This cookbook is packed with flavourful and nourishing meals that will delight the taste buds and bring joy to your kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, One: Pot, Pan, Planet is a must-have for anyone looking to live a healthier, greener lifestyle.


Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour

This delightful cookbook celebrates the rich and flavourful cuisine of the Middle East. The book is filled with mouth-watering recipes that showcase the diverse ingredients and spices used in this cuisine. From classic dishes like hummus and kebabs to more exotic offerings like stuffed vine leaves and chicken and pomegranate stew, there is something for everyone.

Sabrina’s cheerful and infectious personality shines through in her writing, making the book a joy to read. With beautiful photography and clear instructions, Persiana is the perfect kitchen companion for those who love bold and adventurous flavours.

Jamie Oliver’s Simple one pan wonder’s

Jamie Oliver’s Simple One Pan Wonders is a fantastic collection of quick, easy and delicious meals that can be cooked in a single pan. This cookbook is perfect for busy people who want to cook healthy and tasty meals without spending hours in the kitchen. With a range of recipes that include meat, fish and vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone.

Each recipe is accompanied by stunning photography and clear, concise instructions, making it easy to follow along and create a meal that’s sure to impress. With Jamie Oliver’s Simple One Pan Wonders, cooking has never been more enjoyable and stress-free!


The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock

This is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their health and wellness through food. The Medicinal Chef is a comprehensive guide which offers a unique and innovative approach to cooking, incorporating the healing properties of ingredients into delicious and nutritious meals.

Pinnock, a renowned nutritionist, expertly blends his passion for cooking with the latest scientific research to create meals that not only taste great but also provide numerous health benefits. From reducing inflammation to boosting the immune system, his recipes are designed to target specific health concerns and promote overall well-being.

The book is organized into chapters based on various health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, making it easy to find the right recipe for your needs. Each recipe is accompanied by clear and concise nutritional information, making it easy to understand the benefits of each dish. The recipes themselves are simple to follow and use readily available ingredients, making it easy to incorporate the principles of The Medicinal Chef into your daily life.

I’d love to hear what your go-to cookbooks are! Get in touch to let me know.



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