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Vegetarian Cookbooks from The Works | AD

This is a sponsored post on vegetarian cookbooks, in association with The Works.

I love a good vegetarian cookbook.  The other day I spent a good child-free hour perusing cookbooks in my local bookshop.  Unfortunately, my wallet wasn’t feeling the love, with the average price of a vegetarian cookbook being around £25.  We’ve got a lot of work to do on our house right now, and £25 is a bit steep for me and my working mum’s budget at the moment.

Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Cookbook Options

Step forward The Works.  I always forget that The Works has a fantastic selection of vegetarian cookbooks (and vegan ones too) at really good value prices.

Vegetarian Cookbooks Under £5

I found a slew of good-looking vegetarian cookbooks all available from The Works. These budget-friendly cookbooks all come in at under £5:

vegetarian cookbooks

150 Vegetarian Recipes by Love Food is only £3.99, as is Vegetarian by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson.  So much recipe inspiration!  And for vegans, I also found Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin for only £4.99. I have this one and am obsessed with her vegan macaroni cheese recipe made with butternut squash.  You could buy all three books and still have change from £15!

Under £15

Upping the budget slightly I found some good budget-friendly vegetarian cookbooks. These ones all come in at under £14.99:

best vegetarian cookbooks

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook is £6.99, The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook by Rose Elliot is £7.99, Vegetarian by Alice Hart £12.99, and The Vegetarian Pantry by Jane Montgomery is £14.99.

I’ve particularly got my eye on The Meat Free Monday Cookbook. I follow along with Meat Free Monday on social media and all of the recipes they post look delicious!

Currently, you can also get 5% off advertised prices on selected lines at The Works, and free delivery on orders over £20 with the voucher code ‘SUMMER5‘.

What are your favourite vegetarian cookbooks?

PS: from my vegetarian archives: 15 things you’ve always wanted to ask a vegetarian (but were afraid to ask) and kitchen staples for vegetarians.

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Our Favourite Allotment Books

books for allotments

Looking for some great allotment books?  Right this way!

You know sometimes when it’s really wet and windy outside, maybe sleeting a bit, and the last thing you want to do is go outside, but you feel a bit guilty that you’re not working on your allotment/garden?  Well, on those days, we curl up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea (or hot chocolate if we’re feeling a bit decadent) and get stuck into our favourite allotment books and magazines.

Our Favourite Allotment Books

We have quite a few allotment books and magazines that we’re drawing inspiration from for our allotment and I thought it might be useful if I share some of our favourites:

Homegrown Revolution by James Wong

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James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution*

My partner is obsessed (obsessed!) with this book.  He bought it two years ago and it’s rarely far from his side!  James Wong provides advice on plants that you can eat that you might not have known were edible such as hostas, dahlias and daylilies, and more.  It’s essentially permaculture, although James doesn’t refer to it as permaculture in the book, and the aim is for you to have a pretty and productive kitchen garden.  Consequently, we’re planning on planting a load of hostas (apparently great in a stir fry!).

allotment books

Permaculture Magazine

permaculture magazine

Permaculture Magazine

My partner subscribes to Permaculture Magazine, and he says it’s an incredibly useful resource.  The design isn’t the greatest, and sometimes they veer a bit too far into the hippie side of thing for his liking, but he gets excited every month when the postman pops it through our letterbox and has garnered a load of ideas and inspiration from it.  By the time he’s finished reading it, it’s always very well-thumbed, with pages marked for future reference!

permaculture resources

Organic Gardening The No-Dig Way by Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding’s Organic Gardening The No-Dig Way*

Another dog-eared long-standing favourite, Charles Dowding explains the concept and ideas behind no-dig gardening and its practical applications.  My partner is a convert to this method of gardening – once you start reading the book you realise that it makes good sense not to dig the soil and let nature take its course.  We’ve accidentally misplaced this one, for now, so no photos am afraid, but it is pretty good!  So good he even gets in Permaculture Magazine (see the front cover of the above photo!!).

Any other favourite allotment books?  Do share!

PS: check out these inspiring allotment ideas, if you are looking for more inspiration.