A new cookbook by TV chef and entrepreneur Jamie Oliver is being donated free to all 50 Devon County Council libraries in a move by publishers to make it available and accessible to everyone.
Jamie's new book, 'Save With Jamie', launched today (Thursday 29 August), is in response to public demand for a cookbook about exciting food that doesn't 'break the bank'.
It includes recipes, advice and techniques to teach people recession-busting cooking skills, to help families under financial pressure to shop carefully, cook cleverly and to eat well with less waste.
The average family wastes £680 on food a year, says the book's publishers, Penguin Random House. They and the national charity The Reading Agency have teamed up to make the book available nationally through libraries, as well as available for sale by retailers.
To make the book even more accessible, the Devon library service is waiving the reservation charge, so that people can reserve the book free until Christmas.
Jamie Oliver said:
“We know from the fabulous work that libraries do every day that everyone deserves a chance to learn basic skills that can improve everyday lives. Reading and cooking are two of those skills for sure. I’ll admit I’ve been a late developer with the first, but I can definitely help with the second.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Devon’s library service said:
“We are incredibly grateful to Jamie Oliver and his publisher for this very generous gift.
"Having access to free books and reading experiences is vitally important, especially when people are under financial pressure.
"Jamie’s mission to make good food accessible to all drives right at the heart of the role that libraries play to make good reading accessible to all.”