The Best Frugal Cookbooks

So you’ve become a pro at meal planning. Now, you’re looking to introduce some new super frugal meals into your life. You’ve browsed Pinterest and a couple of frugal cookbooks but they play host to complex ingredients and kitchen equipment you’ve never heard of, right?


Fear no more, I’ve spent the past five weeks going through the very best frugal cookbooks on the market. This has allowed me to create a complete list of my top frugal cookbooks. From simple cooking to health conscious meals these books have it all.


A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes

Released in 2014, this book is by no means new to the market. However, there’s a reason that it’s been on my resources page since this blog started back in 2015. That’s because this book will be forever marked as my go-to-book. I love Jack and everything she stands for. Recipes include Vegetable Masala Curry for 30p a portion, Pasta alla Genovese for 19p a portion, Fig, Rosemary and Lemon Bread for 26p and a Jam Sponge reminiscent of school days for 23p a portion.


Currently priced at £9.09 on Amazon if there is one book you buy from this list make it this one.


Lean in 15

If you’re anywhere on social media then you’ve more than likely seen Joe Wick’s face staring back at you. 2016 was life-changing for Joe. He’s gone from someone who used to bike ride to the park to host bootcamps that nobody would attend to hosting his own TV show. We purchased his first cookbook on release, since then he’s released two others each as good as the last.


One Pound Meals: Delicious Food for Less

With his debut cook book launching a little over a month ago Miguel Barclay is another internet sensation who’s taking the world by storm with his delicious meals that cost less than £1 per person.


What I love about this frugal cookbook is how simple and straightforward the recipes are. With favourites such as meatball marinara, chicken katsu curry, lamb moussaka and aubergine dal. This cookbook is absolutely ideal if you’re living on your own. Each recipe is designed for one person helping you to minimise waste and reuse the same ingredients in different ways.


How to Feed Your Family for £5 a Day

Complete with over 150 recipes Bernadine Lawrence has created this fantastic cookbook. If you’ve a young family then this is one of the frugal cookbooks you need in your cupboard. Filled with super child-friendly meals. With a wealth of practical tips on how to stick to a £35 a week groceries budget, use up leftovers and prevent food waste.


This book is much more than a frugal cookbook, it’s about a lifestyle change. Complete with a weekly meal planner and a guide to show which fruit and vegetables are in season, Bernadine is an expert on creating tasty meals out of nothing that you will return to time and again.


Eat Well for Less

Written by the guys behind the fantastic BBC TV show of the same name, this cookbook features 80 delicious recipes. However, it’s so much more than just a frugal cookbook. Instead it’s designed to help you create nutritious dishes for your family whilst spending less on your supermarket shop.


That’s not all. The book comes complete with a meal-planning guide, a family budget planner, kids cooking ideas and help on freezing and storing food. It teaches you how to love your leftovers and make savvy swaps by adding more fruit and veg into your diet without spending any extra time in the kitchen.


With tasty food, sample shopping lists and practical tips from Gregg, Chris and the experts from the hit BBC show, this is your essential guide to eating well for less.


Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less

Despite being four years old, this book is still a consistent Amazon best seller. It has over 1,100 reviews and it’s easy to see why. I’m usually one to steer away from mainstream chefs such as Jamie Oliver who have unrealistic expectations of our household food budget however, this book is different.


I put the reason behind this being that it was released at the peak of the financial crisis. People needed information on how to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget.


So Jamie shared his knowledge and cooking skills enabling us all to make better choices. Demonstrating how to buy economically and efficiently. As well as how to get the most from our ingredients, save time and prevent food waste.