Our top three most useful cook books of 2019

Looking for some delicious and surprisingly healthy recipes you can make in under 30-minutes?


So, you’ve put up the new calendar, the kids and grandkids have left the building and the silly season has faded into normalcy once again. It’s 2020 and the New Year messages are coming through strong including, as always, to live a balanced lifestyle full of healthy and nutritious meals. Want to improve your eye health? Increase bone strength and density? Be able to keep up with the g-kids? Whatever the reason, there’s one universal necessity that we won’t compromise on – flavour!

And what if we said you could make these meals in under 30-minutes and often with less than 10 ingredients? We’ve found the three most useful cook books of 2019.

Donna Hay’s ‘Week Light’ Cookbook

The title is pretty self-explanatory. Packed into one handy recipe book are plenty of quick, fuss-free recipes that’ll be your go-to for weeknight meals. They’re also grandchild approved (Donna trialled them herself!) and could pass as a beautiful coffee table book, so it’s never far from your reach. Think crunchy Pad Thai, pizza recipes and even a healthy tart shell for all the keen bakers out there. And it’s Donna Hay, need we say more?

Jamie Oliver’s ‘5 Ingredients’ Cookbook

We couldn’t have a round-up of the most useful cookbooks of 2019 without including Jamie Oliver. Especially when the recipes promise to be five ingredients and you know Mr Oliver doesn’t skimp on flavour. What could be easier! Bursting with dishes like his Meltin’ Mustard Beef, Lovely Lamb Pots and sweet and zesty Peach and Almond Alaska dessert (yum!), you’ll have plenty of tasty options in your back pocket for your next dinner party or family gathering.

Ottolenghi’s ‘Simple’ Cookbook

What do you get when you combine a single pot, less than 10 pantry-staple ingredients, 30-minutes of prep time with and a Middle Eastern twist? Yotam Ottolenghi’s Simple cookbook, that’s what. You’ll find yourself reaching for this spicy little recipe book time and time again and for good reason. It’s deliciously simple and with useful ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, you’ll be able to whip up some culturally diverse cuisine before the grandkids say, ‘I’m hungryyyyyyy!’.

For more healthy, no-fuss recipe inspiration check out these tasty creations on our Talking Retirement Living blog All your favourite dinner recipes made lighter