Book People Review

I have to say I hadn't heard of Book People until I was contacted by them and asked if I'd like to pick and review a few cookbooks from their Hand-picked Favorites. Now, I do love a cookbook and so of course I said yes 😊

But before I go on I'd just like to point out that all thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not required to write anything positive. I haven't been paid to write this post but I did receive compensation for my time in the way of free books.

Bundle of ten cookbooks

With all that out of the way let's get back to the books! The first thing I noticed was the low prices of these books. With the likes of Amazon to be honest I didn't expect anyone could math or be lower than them; but this is not the case. Book People have a lot of bargain books; I'll tell you a bit about a few of the books.

All the books here are in hardback format and are listed in no particular order other than if there's more than one by the same chef.

Jamie Oliver - Jamie Cooks Italy
Now it has to be said I have almost every one of Jamie Oliver's books but this one in my opinion is probably his best yet.

If you've been watching the series on Channel 4 then you will know what I mean; the recipes are mouthwatering. Covering just about everything from Antipasti, salads, soups, pasta, rice and dumplings, meat, fish, sides, bread and pastry and desserts.

There's even step-by-step basics such as How to Joint a Chicken. The book has a handy ribbon bookmark which is very useful (you'll soon realise I have a thing about bookmarks) and the photography throughout the book is excellent.

The Stuffed Peppers on page 218 look amazing; the stuffing is spicy Nduja (Pronounced en-doo-jah is a spreadable type of air-cured salami from Calabria in the south of Italy) along with fennel seeds, minced pork, ricotta and oregano. But Jamie's recipe for Saffron Chicken is on my must make list; chicken with a crunchy garlicky almond breadcrumbs with oregano and marsala. It's served with a roasted mixed-colour cherry tomatoes....Oh my, put me down for a plate of that pleeeease! 

Jamie Oliver - Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook
Oooh now I do get a tad excitable with anything to do with Christmas but especially food! There's a handy little guide on Kitchen Equipment to get you through the festive season and beyond.

It includes a little reminder to check that the amazing roasting pan you may have just bought actually fits in your oven; have you ever done that? well I have! This has nothing to do with the book, but if you buy one of those disposable foil roasting trays for turkey be sure to check since many do not fit in a regular 60cm wide oven; what's that all about?! 😐

There's a really useful Guide to Roasting Meat and Poultry and a ribbon bookmark which always makes me happy. Sections include Staters, The main event, Veggie and Vegan plates, Potatoes, vegetables, Gravy, sauces and trimmings, Leftovers, Festive Puddings, Afternoon tea and sweet treats, Edible gifts, Salads, Dips, bites and nibbles and Drinks. So as you can see just about anything and everything Christmas is covered in this book.

Joe Wicks - Joe's 30-Minute Meals
Now do you know I don't know very much about Joe Wicks whos is known as The Body Coach but I was drawn to his 30-Minute Meals book which on having a good flick through it and reading the recipes they really do look like they will cook in 30 minutes - marvellous.

There are a few recipes marked as 'longer recipe' but looking at them they are longer only because they require marinating or time to set in the fridge such as his Chocolate Mousse recipe on page 216.

The book is sectioned into Carb-Refuel and Reduced-Carb and then there's a section on Sweet Treats.I'm drawn to his Tahini & Yoghurt Eggs with Chorizo recipe on page 35.......Mmmm that's another on my must make recipes list as are Crab and Sweetcorn Fritters with Sriracha Mayo.
But there's no ribbon bookmark in this book.

Nigella Lawson - At My Table
Anyone that saw the TV series by the same name on BBC 2 will have seen some of the gorgeous meals she conjures up; if you missed it when it was first shown last year you'll be able to see the whole series again as it's available on catch up right now. 

Everything from a simple Tomato and Fried Bread Hash which looks delicious; to Indian-spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake, Chilli Cheese Garlic Bread to classics such as Sticky Toffee Pudding and Queen of Puddings.

The first thing I'm going to make from this book is the Turkish Eggs on page 14 have to happen 😋
This book has a ribbon bookmark which is always handy. The photography is stunning and really makes you want to make and eat pretty much every recipe. 

Other books in my bundle and included in the Giveaway:

Donal Skehan - Kitchen Hero Great Food for Less

James Martin - James Martin's American Adventure
I'm loving the sound of his Chicken Wings & Avocado recipe!

Snippet from a cookbook

Gordon Ramsay - Bread Street Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay - Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food

Rick Stein - Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Rick Stein - The Road to Mexico

My books from Book People arrived in perfect condition despite the packaging being slightly open on one of the two boxes. At the time of writing they use those cardboard boxes which are sturdy enough but have perforations along the sides designed so the box can be easily opened....which is exactly what happened somewhere between leaving the warehouse and delivering to my house. But with that said they books were not damaged in the slightest.

For more info and to check out the great range of cookbooks over at Book People.
Twitter: @TheBookPeople
FaceBook: TheBookPeopleLtd

And Now for the Giveaway!!
Book People are very kindly offering the same set of 10 books listed and shown above as a giveaway to one lucky reader of this blog. **Please read the terms and conditions before entering.

Book People logo

How to Enter - entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK mainland, Ireland and Northern Ireland only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.

Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't. For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed. There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries. Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.

This giveaway is open to all readers over 18, who live in the UK mainland, Ireland and Northern Ireland only. The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter (which uses and announced on this page. The winner will be contacted by email, if they do not respond within 2 days another winner may be chosen. There is one prize of 10 cookbooks as listed in the above blog post supplied by Book People who will send directly to the winner.

I am running this competition in good faith on behalf of Book People. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. They reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of a similar type / value if the prize above is not available. Instructions form part of the terms and conditions. Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified. The organiser reserves the right to alter the closing date of the giveaway, either closing early or extending without notice. Changes to the closing date if they occur will be shown on this page via the Rafflecopter widget.

Where prizes are to be provided by a third party A Glug of Oil will have no responsibility for the acts or defaults of any other persons. There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.

Follow the instructions in the form above. If you already like/follow please comment in the Rafflecopter widget and let me know to get your entries.

**Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't**

Good Luck Everyone!


  1. James Martin's American Adventure, I loved his French series and his cooking jn general so the recipes should be great.

  2. Why haven’t I heard of Book People before?! I love a good cookery book and at a bargain price too, what more can you ask for?!

  3. It'll be a toss up between the two Rick Stein books as they are both in my wish list - probably Long Weekends

  4. I would definitely be looking at Nigella's book first as I love her recipes.

  5. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook as I love a lot of his recipes.

  6. Jamie Oliver Christmas book. Love Jamie and I love Christmas cooking! Sounds perfect!

  7. Im in the mood for all things Christmassy so its Jamie Oliver for me!

  8. Joe Wicks 30 minutes meals looks great

  9. Joe's 30 minutes meals....i'm a big fan :)

  10. This would be a dream win :-) The first I'd look through would be Rick Stein. The Road to Mexico

  11. I’m really interested in Jamie cooks Italian. Iv been watching him on TV.

  12. Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food i figure it will be healthy recipies

  13. I love cookbooks too, I think I would be looking at the Christmas cookbook first, I really enjoy cooking for Christmas

  14. Joe Wicks - Joe's 30-Minute Meals as they sound like great recipes for when you're limited for time

  15. Jamie cooks Italy would be my first look

  16. James Martin American Adventure, I enjoyed the tv series.

  17. They all look inspirational! I would most likely browse through Jamie Oliver's Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook as Christmas is not far off!

  18. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook as I love a lot of his recipes.

  19. James Martin American Adventure I really enjoyed the tv series and the recipes he cooked on his travels

  20. James Martin - James Martin's American Adventure for me

  21. Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food as i'm trying to get fit

  22. Rick Steins road to Mexico as I love spicey food

  23. James Martin's American ADVENTURES - amazing bundle

  24. Jamie Olivers Christmas Cookbook as I love trying new foods for Christmas & my family, I can't cook but my brother is excellent & I just show him what I like & he will make it up for all the family.

  25. Jamie Oliver's Christmas cookbook

  26. I really like the look of Joe's 30-Minute Meals x

  27. gordon ramsays ultimate fit food thankyou

  28. I think definitely Nigella's book. I have always loved her recipes.


  29. I would definitely be looking at Joe's 30-Minute Meals first looks uper

  30. I have always wanted to own a copy of Joe Wicks - Joe's 30-Minute Meals I have heard soooo many good things about him and his books x

  31. James Martin's American Adventure for sure!

  32. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook, I love his style of cooking

  33. Joe Wicks - Joe's 30-Minute Meals would be my first read, am hoping to encourage my son to learn a few cooking skills

  34. James Martin because he is my favourite!

  35. i'd look at Nigella Lawson - At My Table first


I love to hear from everyone so thanks for taking the time to comment.