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  • 9 Aug

    National Book Lovers Day: CFF Staff Picks

    We love books, so it’s no surprise that National Book Lovers Day is one of our favourite days. To celebrate, we have asked the Cornwall Food Foundation and Fifteen Cornwall teams to share their favourite book recommendations.

    From ethical shopping guides to foodie memoirs, our list includes a book for every taste.

    Here are nine of the best that we promise won’t disappoint:


    5 Ingredients – Jamie Oliver

    ‘5 Ingredients’ proves that you do not need a long list of ingredients to create tasty meals.

    I have made several of the recipes in the book including the Carrot and Grain Salad, Easy Rustic Gnocchi and Apple Crumble Cookies but my favourite has to be the Lemony Courgette Linguine!

    It’s ideal for quick and easy meals for every day of the week.

    Lucy (Marketing Assistant, Fifteen Cornwall)


    The Doctor’s Kitchen – Dr Rupy Aujla

    This is a great cookbook that encourages the reader to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. I’ve followed Dr Rupy and ‘The Doctors Kitchen’ project for years and I love his mission of promoting positive change through food.

    Not only is there a large selection of vegan and vegetarian recipes, the book also gives lots of information about different ingredients and the benefits of eating certain herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits.

    All of the recipes are simple to make, use accessible ingredients and I will definitely be buying the Doctor’s next recipe book.

    Jess (Events Coordinator)


    Fresh India – Meera Soda

    The great thing about Indian cuisine is the availability of vegetarian and vegan options. Having previously worked in a vegetarian cafe, this book provided great inspiration for creating tasty and nutritious dishes for our diners.

    The recipes are easy to follow, not over complicated and result in really delicious meals. Meera has won several awards for her books and I am really looking forward to her next release!

    Billy (Community Food Worker)


    How to Give Up Plastic – Will McCallum

    Will McCallum is Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK and a campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement.

    ‘How to Give Up Plastic’ is an interesting but sad summary of the plastic problem, a problem that affects us all. The book offers practical advice on how to use less plastic, choose sustainable alternatives, and set up your own campaigns against plastic.

    This book has changed the way that I think and I believe that the planet would benefit greatly if everyone took up just one of the changes he suggests.

    Jessica (Creative Coordinator)


    In Defence of Food – Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan has written many great books about food and I have practically read them all!

    One quote (from his book ‘In Defence of Food’) that has really stayed with me is – “eat food, mostly plants and not too much” – meaning that we should eat real food, not processed food, eat lots of vegetables and control our portion sizes.

    Carla (Community Food Worker)


    Larousse Gastronomique – Hamlyn

    Whilst training to become a professional chef, ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ was my training bible, with all the French classics done properly.

    The book is more of an encyclopaedia of French cooking than a cookbook and covers culinary terminology, kitchen equipment, techniques, regional French cuisines and much more. It’s been a great resource throughout my cooking career and is a must-have for anyone remotely interested in food and cooking.

    Matt (Employment and Skills Worker)


    One More Croissant for the Road – Felicity Cloake

    Part travelogue, part food memoir, ‘One More Croissant for the Road’ follows freelance journalist and writer, Felicity Cloake, as she cycles 2,300km across France.

    Despite not being a cyclist, I adore French food and learning about the countries unique regional cuisines. Many classic French dishes are showcased in the book, from Cassoulet to Tartiflette

    It’s laugh-out-loud funny in places and her hilarious croissant rating system always brings a smile to my face.

    Sophie (Junior Marketing Assistant, Fifteen Cornwall)


    The Rough Guide to Ethical Shopping – Duncan Clark

    The Rough Guide to Ethical Shopping is an easy-reference guide and a good place to start if you want to shop more ethically. Each section examines the pros and cons of selecting specific products on moral grounds and which companies and products we should support or avoid.

    It’s the kind of book you’d want to revisit every once in a while to keep some of the issues fresh in your mind.

    Varshana (Marketing Coordinator)


    The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

    Along with healthy eating and regular exercise, mindfulness can play an important role in a healthy lifestyle.

    This book is a simple guide to radically transforming your life without having to make radical changes. I loved the guided meditations and prayers and practice them regularly.

    I’d recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to become more spiritual and I have returned to it over and over again.

    Rachael (Community Food Manager)


    Vegan 100 – Gaz Oakley

    Whether you’re making a conscious effort to go vegan or just looking to reduce your meat and dairy consumption, ‘Vegan 100’ is a great place to start.

    The book has over 100 amazing recipes and is packed with useful hints, tips and beautiful images.  Unlike many vegan recipe books, the majority of ingredients listed in in the can be purchased from regular supermarkets.

    I also highly recommend Gaz’s highly popular Youtube channel, Avant-Garde Vegan, which has now reached 675,000 plus subscribers.

    James (Marketing Assistant)

    Books to look out for

    Veg – Jamie Oliver

    Release date: 22 August 2019

    From simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food – pure and simple. Whether it’s embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, this book ticks all the boxes.



    Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto! – Gennaro Contaldo

    Release date: 5 September 2019

    Split into chapters for Dried, Fresh, Filled, Baked pasta and Sauces, Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto! includes recipes for lasagne four ways, pasta salads, classic minestrone soup, homemade ravioli and perfect pesto, these are dishes that can be quickly whipped up for the whole family to enjoy.