However much you enjoy cooking, nobody likes the sinking feeling you get when you look at the piles and piles of washing up you need to do after making a delicious meal. One-pot dishes promise to keep that from being an issue. Using just one dish filled with ingredients, you can roast, prepare pasta dishes and even make desserts – the opportunities are endless, unlike the dirty dishes!
Popular chefs like the Hairy Bikers understand how efficiency both during and after meal preparation is an essential part of modern-day cooking, so they have created books that cater to this need. Whether you're a vegetarian, a vegan or a meat eater, we have picked out the best (and easiest!) one-pot cookbooks that Amazon and eBay have to offer.
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With so many authors and brands jumping on the convenience-cookbook bandwagon, it can be difficult to decipher which ones are worth investing in. It makes sense that your cookbook should suit your lifestyle and your tastes, so we'll break down the ingredients that go into making a good one-pot cookbook.
Because one-pot cooking is all about the amount of equipment you have to use and doesn't stipulate what sort of food it has to be, authors – and therefore you – have plenty of choice when it comes to what a cookbook focuses on.
The majority of one-pot cookbooks won't focus on a specific cuisine, diet or food, and will instead give you a huge range of recipes inspired by cuisine from across the world. This gives you lots of recipes to try, using different pots and cooking methods.
General cookbooks are also more likely to contain one-pot dessert recipes too, perfect if you're prepping for a dinner party or satisfying your sweet tooth. Their large range, however, might mean there are lots of recipes that aren't suited to the way you cook and eat.
Again, due to the fact that 'one-pot' is a very broad classification of cookbooks, there is a massive range of focuses that a book could choose to have. They might, for example, centre around one ingredient or type of dish, like pasta.
They could also orient themselves around a specific diet. With vegetarian and vegan diets becoming ever more popular for a number of reasons, the creation of cookbooks that cater to these diets is growing too, 'one-pot' options included.
Lifestyle requirements are also something to take into account when picking your cookbook. If you are short of time and often find yourself in a rush when prepping food, look for recipes that promise to be speedy so you can save those precious extra minutes.
There are also books that focus on different methods of cooking. Dishes that you can just throw in the oven and leave to roast for an allotted amount of time free you up to do something else while the oven is doing the work for you.
The more recipes there are in a book, the more you'll have to choose for each night. This will stop you from getting stuck in the rut of having the same meals on repeat each week. If you're looking for a big choice of one-pot dishes to inspire you, try and find a recipe book that has 100 or more.
It can also be helpful to see how much a book has to offer by looking at its length. While the length of a book might not correlate exactly to how many recipes it has, if it has lots of pages, it probably means it has helpful hints, tips and images to get you started and keep your cooking going in the right direction.
Cookbooks nowadays come in a few different forms. You can go for the traditional paper or hardback choice, still much-loved by many, or you might be tempted to try something a bit more modern with a digital edition.
There is something special about flicking through a cookbook, being able to see which are your favourites from how stained the pages become. You might also be wanting to build up a cookbook collection to adorn empty bookshelves and walls, in which case a real book will be a much better solution than a digital edition.
Most books will come in either a hardback or paperback form. Hardbacks tend to be the most popular as they're more robust and easy to stand up around the kitchen, but paperbacks are lighter and less bulky.
For the modern chef, a digital cookbook might be more to your liking. You can view it on your tablet or e-reader, meaning you can take it anywhere you take those gadgets. They also tend to have a few pounds off the paper or hardback copy's price, so they're the cheaper option, too!
If you're short on space, digital cookbooks are a great idea as the only space you need to store them is the digital space on your piece of tech. However, they definitely don't have the charm that comes from searching through the pages of a real cookbook.
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Si King & Dave Myers
The Hairy Bikers' One Pot Wonders
The Wonderful World of One-Pot Cooking
One Pot Feeds All
Complicated Dishes Made Simple
Rebecca Seal & John Vincent
LEON Happy One-pot Cooking
Bring a Smile to Everyone's Face Without Any Fuss
All Colour Cookery: 200 One Pot Meals
Keep Your Tastebuds Entertained With 200 Recipes
The Quick Roasting Tin
Reinventing the Art of Roasting
One Pan Pescatarian: 100 Delicious Dinners
Delicious Updates to Classics From Around the World
Roxy Pope & Ben Pook
One Pot Vegan
One-Pot Meals Without the Meat
Foolproof One-Pot: 60 Simple and Satisfying Recipes
Beginner Cooks Will Love This Short and Simple Book
The One-Pot Casserole Cookbook
Packed Full of Comforting Casserole Dishes
One-Pot Pasta: From Pot to Plate in Under 30 Minutes
Perfect a Pot of Pasta
A staple of British cooking shows, the Hairy Bikers have made multiple series and written a huge number of cookbooks, so you know they can be trusted. This particular one focuses on the magic of one-pot cooking and how you can use it to make wonderful things. Tray bakes, rich roasts and even salads, this book has it all.
Every meal of the day has been taken care of. If you're looking to liven up the start of your day, this book provides plenty of breakfast and brunch inspiration. They also have choices for lunch, dinner and even dessert, meaning you'll have the whole day sorted, and all only using one pot!
This books author might be from a cookery school, but don't let that put you off. There's no reason to be intimidated by this book as these recipes really are for everyone. By letting the oven or stovetop do all the work, the book makes cooking fancy, complicated-looking dishes much easier than they appear.
There are lots of chapters covering different ingredients, so you can find exactly what you feel like. And if you like to send your tastebuds on a little adventure during lunch or dinner, recipes like Mexican Fried Eggs and Moroccan Lamb Tagine will definitely do that.
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but with a cover as beautiful as this, it would be hard not to. It would look gorgeous in any kitchen or on any bookshelf. This being said, it is what's contained within these two covers that make it worth buying.
These recipes will bring joy to your dining room table, no matter what sort of cuisine you're in the mood for. They have beautiful, clear images to go with their recipes so you'll know exactly what you're aiming for, no matter what level you're at when it comes to culinary skill.
With this book, there's no way you'll get bored of the selection on offer. 200 recipes are included to make sure there is always something new for you to try. The dishes are warm and comforting, as you'd expect, but also full of nourishment.
Focusing on all sorts of ingredients, cooking methods and cuisines – from casseroles to curries – cook up a storm for the whole family, or maybe just yourself with lots of delicious leftovers.
This book, and the others in 'The Roasting Tin' range, have gained a huge following since their relatively recent release. All of them are full of easy recipes that just need a tray and an oven, but this one is particularly good because of the speed at which you can prepare meals.
There is a huge range of interesting dishes, both savoury and sweet, which makes its choice of 75 recipes seem like a lot more. Nigella Lawson sings this book's praises, and once you have it on your cookbook shelf, so will you!
This book is also one that caters to a specific diet, but this time it's pescetarianism. With people wanting to give up meat but still wanting to enjoy fish now and again, this diet is extremely widespread. Offering vegan, vegetarian and fish recipes, this book has you sorted.
The book brings cooking from around the world and puts it all in one place, but has updated dishes for the busy modern cook. A purely pescatarian diet won't be for everyone, of course, so you might want to look for a book with more choice if you don't follow this diet.
The rise in popularity of following a vegan diet has meant that there are now loads of exciting cookbooks to choose from that don't use products derived from animals. This book makes cooking vegan simple, easy and scrumptious. Even those who don't follow a vegan diet all the time will love this book!
This book does incorporate different types of meals, from light bites to hearty home comforts, but at 80 recipes it still doesn't have the range that some of our books higher up this list have. Some might also feel limited by the solely plant-based selection of dishes.
For those new to the kitchen, this cookbook will demonstrate that making delicious meals needn't be complicated. Filled with foolproof recipes, even novice chefs will see success. Rosenthal covers a range of dishes depending on the time you have available and the taste sensations you want to try.
At 144 pages, it is one of the shorter books in our selection and doesn't have that many recipes to choose from. Those that are featured each have a helpful picture of the finished product, though, that will show you what you're aiming for.
Here's another book that focuses on one dish, only this time it's all about casseroles. Writing a one-pot cookbook about casseroles makes sense; most casserole recipes are made in one pot anyway so they don't need much adaptation. Centred on the American idea of the casserole, this book will help you prepare old comfort food favourites like macaroni and cheese.
The recipes are easy too, which is great if you're just getting started in the kitchen. Although there are some dessert recipes too, after a while you might begin to feel that you don't have the most choice with a book that centres around just casseroles.
Pasta is a simple yet versatile ingredient that can be paired with a whole range of other flavours. Quick to cook, this book promises that you can have its tasty pasta recipes on the table in under half an hour.
While everyone loves pasta, this book is limited to this one dish, so you might need to get some others to broaden your choices at dinner. It also only has 30 recipes, which is far fewer than the other books on this list.
If you've mastered the art of convenient one-pot cooking, it's time to expand your cooking horizons a bit further. When you have a bit more time on your hand, why not use it to travel round the world from the comfort of your own kitchen by cooking up delights from across the globe? Here are some of our suggestions to get your culinary journey on its way.
We all have days when the last thing we want to do is spend hours slaving away doing the washing up, and luckily these books will mean that this doesn't have to be a consequence of making a delicious meal. Whether you're roasting, frying, boiling or baking, a one-pot cookbook will keep everyone content.
Author: Emma Cramp
No. 1: Si King & Dave Myers｜The Hairy Bikers' One Pot Wonders
No. 2: Darina Allen｜One Pot Feeds All
No. 3: Rebecca Seal & John Vincent ｜LEON Happy One-pot Cooking
No. 4: Joanna Farrow｜All Colour Cookery: 200 One Pot Meals
No. 5: Rukmini Iyer｜The Quick Roasting Tin
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