5 Cookbooks to Live by This Summer

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These are the 5 cookbooks you need to guarantee a sizzling summer

Summer is here which means it’s time to swap the normal staples for something a little leaner (or sweeter). Whether you’re cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, we guarantee there’s a cookbook that’s perfect for every occasion in our list below.


For entertaining… try Cooking for Family and Friends by Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach may be an Instagram superstar and known for his ‘lean in 15’ series where people undertake some impressive body transformations, but one of his newer books, Cooking for Family and Friends has over 100 lean recipes that will impress your friends, including barbecue-friendly dishes such as Joe’s BBQ Ribs with Dirty Corn. Yum!


For those who fancy a little British cooking… try Classic, by Mary Berry

Featuring recipes from Mary’s BBC One series, this book brings together essential recipes no home should be without, regardless of your skill, budget or time constraints. If you need a little hand-holding along the way, this book has step-by-step guides and there’s few people we trust more than the national treasure that is Mary.


For those with a sweet tooth… try Bake by Lorraine Pascale

We don’t know about you, but summer for us means a bit more time to spend in the kitchen perfecting our cake skills in time for The Great British Bake-Off. No more soggy bottoms for us, thanks to the easy recipes found within Bake. With over 100 gorgeous recipes including Naked Pecan and Popcorn Layer Cake, Chocolate Layer Cake with Toasted Meringue and Fraisier Cake with Port, Strawberries and Almonds, there’s bound to be something to satisfy every craving.


For the home cook… try At My Table, by Nigella Lawson

Featuring everything from sweet treats to warming family favourites, At My Table is great for those looking for new twists on old classics. This book contains the meals Nigella likes to cook for her friends and family, and if it’s good enough for them – it’s good enough for us.


For the health conscious… try How Not To Die, by Dr. Michael Gregor

Backed by years of scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us – and how increasing consumption of certain foods (and avoiding others) can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease. Be warned, though, this book will permanently change the way you look at food.



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