Jamie Oliver gives cookbook to libraries in Devon and Cornwall to spread word
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has given his recession-busting new cookbook free to libraries in Devon and Cornwall.
The TV star, entrepreneur and campaigner wants his latest recipes for "exciting food that doesn't break the bank" to be available and accessible to everyone.
In response, Devon County Council says it has waived its usual charge to allow people to reserve it free until Christmas.
"Save With Jamie", launched on Thursday, includes recipes, advice and techniques to teach cooking skills, to help families under financial pressure to shop carefully, cook cleverly and to eat well with less waste.
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Publishers Penguin Random House claim the average family wastes £680 on food a year and have joined up with national charity The Reading Agency to make the book available nationally through 4,000 libraries.
Jamie 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 the 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."
Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships, said: "There are many people in our communities who will benefit from Save with Jamie.
Linda Moffatt, stock team leader for Cornwall Libraries added: "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 in encouraging healthy lifestyles."