(Updated 30 May 2024)

Our Top Five Books for Cooking on a Budget

Top 5 Cooking Books

The price of food shopping has accelerated in the past few years. Census’ cost of living insight shows the overall price of food and non-alcoholic beverages rose around 25% between January 2022 and January 2024. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best budget cookbook offerings to help you save money on your food shop. 

Student Eats

Best for students

Grappling with a student kitchen? Student debt and living off a budget while you study? Rachel Phipps has the answer with her hundreds of tried-and-tested recipes any student can cook with minimal ingredients, no fancy gadgets and suitable for absolute beginners who are finding their way in the kitchen. It features helpful information on simple menu plans for multiple people or feeding the freezer. A starter store cupboard shopping list, breakfast ideas, solo dinners and something sweet for when you deserve a treat. You can buy the book here.

Pinch of Nom Budget

Best for being healthy on a budget

If you need recipes you’ll love that won’t break the bank and are healthy, get your hands on this book. It’s packed with slimming-friendly meals and desserts that are flavoursome without the extra calories. From sweet treats to fakeaways, there’s plenty of choice and a variety of methods for you to cook in your air fryer or slow cooker too. Kate and Kay Allinson have sold over 4 million books and have a whole collection of Pinch of Nom Books bursting with recipes. You can buy the budget version here.

Feed Your Family for Under a Fiver

Best for families

This is the debut cookbook from TikTok star Mitch Lane (@mealsbymitch). Famous for the amazing recipes he makes in his TikTok videos, this book is packed full of easy, comforting, crowd-pleasing recipes that anyone can make on a budget. The whole premise of the book is you can cook a family meal for under a fiver. The recipes don’t demand much space, equipment or lots of store cupboard ingredients. You’ll find recipes such as Tandoori Chicken Traybake, Halloumi Tacos with Salsa and Chilli Yoghurt, Chorizo Hash, and more. You can buy the book here

The Batch Lady: Cooking on a Budget

Best for batch cooking

If you want to get organised and batch cook so you spend less time in the kitchen, this book is a must-have. The Batch Lady is a Sunday Times best-selling author and has numerous books so you can shop once and cook once, freeing up time for you to enjoy life. The book features over 100 delicious, simple and energy-efficient recipes that will feed the family and fill your freezer. If this sounds up your street, you can buy the book here.

Cardiff Mum’s Thrifty Feasts

Best all-rounder

With a promise to banish the bland and show you how thrifty food can be just as tasty, Ashleigh Mogford aka The Cardiff Mum has brought her popular Instagram page into book form. Chapters cover £5 family meals, speedy air-fryer feasts, set-and-forget slow-cooker classics, one-pot wonders and Friday-night fakeaways, it’s a great all-rounder to make every meal a celebration. Recipes include Smoked Pancetta and Baked Feta Spaghetti, Sticky Mushroom Tacos with Mint Slaw, Peanut Satay Chicken Noodles and much more. You can buy the book here.

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