• Natasha Hart

The Six Cookbooks You Need to Read This January

Since 2014, over half a million people have pledged to be vegan in January. For one month, they throw out the eggs, the milk, the meat, and only eat plant-based diets. Some participate for the health benefits, some for their love of animals. Others do it as a cooking challenge: how can they make tasty, filling meals with just vegetables alone?

If Veganuary isn't your thing, but you still want to feel fresh, invigorated, excited by cooking again after Christmas, what better way than by exploring all the new amazing cookbooks out this time of year? January is the perfect time of year to experiment, especially with quick and easy home-cooking. Because, that's what it's all about really isn't it? Bringing people together with food.

With that in mind, here are six of our favourite cookbooks this January that we think you'll love.

1. BOSH! Healthy Vegan by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

Even if you're not doing Veganuary this year, it's always fun to experiment in the kitchen, and what better way to do that with BOSH! Healthy Vegan. Henry & Ian love cooking, and have collated 80 of their favourite plant-based meals in this amazing cookbook to help you feel great this January. What's special about this cookbook is that it's not just full of recipes, but also lifestyle advice and healthy meal plans to help you become a happier person overall. Feel better from within with BOSH! Healthy Vegan this January.

2. Pinch of Nom Everyday Light by Kay Featherstone & Kate Allinson

We've all been there, we're tired and it's late and we're hungry. We want something healthy and nutritious, but we want it FAST. Those things don't usually go together, so we end up getting a takeaway, or eating something super unhealthy. Kay & Kate understand the need for meals that are quick and easy, but tasty, and low-calorie. Pinch of Nom Everyday Light is the cookbook for you if you're trying to be healthier this January, without missing out on all your favourite meals. All the recipes (including accompliments) are under 400 calories, and they range from breakfasts to takeaways to quick midweek meals. This is the perfect recipe book for you if you love healthier versions of family-favourite meals.

3. Rick Stein's Secret France by Rick Stein

No recipe book list would be complete without Rick Stein. With his amazing collection of books, they'll be a Rick Stein cookbook somewhere outthere to suit everyone's cooking style! This January, we're loving Rick Stein's Secret France. The pinnacle of all good cooking is french cuisine, and Rick helps us recreate these classic dishes at home. Whisking us away to rural France, Rick takes us on a tantalising taste-bud journey from Normandy to Provence. All the best recipes from his BBC Two series are ready and waiting for you to fall in-love with french cooking this January.

4. Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge

If your goal this January is to lose weight and get fit, Tom Kerridge's book is the one for you! Tom will help you on your way to a happier and healthy lifestyle, keeping you motivated along the way with tasty recipes. Tom's secret to weightloss success is to combine delicious food with fitness-goals, so you're targeting both aspects of a healthy lifestyle. With amazing low-calorie recipes of family favourites and traditional british meals, as well as international dishes, there's a lot of variety which is great if you're trying to shed the pounds. Lose weight and get fit with Tom Kerridge this January.

5. The Green Roasting Tin: Vegan and Vegetarian One Dish Dinners by Rukmini Iyer

I love this book. It's the opitome of lazy, but delicious, cooking. With both vegan and vegetarian dishes, this cookbook is perfect for people who are trying to do Veganuary this year, without all the hassle that can be associated with a vegan diet. With every single recipe, you just put all the ingredients into a single roasting tin, and let the oven do it's magic. And there are 75 different recipes! Perfect for taking plant-based eating to the next level.

6. Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Another cookbook based on simple, hassle-free cooking (because January is for chilling), Ottolenghi SIMPLE is all about dishes that surprising and vibrant cooking. The book separates the recipes out to suit whatever style of cooking is simplest for you, be it meals that are ready in under 30 minutes, or ones that you can make ahead, or ones with less than 10 ingredients. Yotam has thought of all the ways to make cooking easier and more enjoyable at home. With beautiful, mouth-watering photography, Ottolenghi SIMPLE is a stunning cookbook to help you feel more invigorated for cooking healthy recipes this January.

Let us know if you have any other cookbooks you'd add to this list. Pop into The Book Nook to see what other fantastic cookbooks we have to offer! January is the perfect time of year to reinvigorate your food library.

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