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The best one-dish cookbooks

by Malou Herkes

published on 3 July 2023

One-dish cooking has become the ultimate cook’s hack in recent years. Thanks in no small part to the hugely popular Roasting Tin series, kitchens up and down the country are doing away with over-complicated dishes that demand hours in the kitchen in favour of fresh, flavourful recipes assembled in a single trusty pot, pan or tin and left in the oven or on the stove to do its thing. Demanding minimal fuss, delivering maximum results and requiring next to no washing up, they have the power to completely transform the way we cook. Discover our pick of one-dish cookbooks here.

One Pot, One Portion

by Eleanor Wilkinson

With her debut cookbook, Eleanor Wilkinson shows that cooking for yourself is the ultimate act of self-care, providing recipes for people who love food but don’t want to choose between eating leftovers for days or buying expensive ready meals and takeaways. What’s more, one-pot cooking makes cooking for yourself even easier, saving you time and effort and without leaving a sink full of washing up. And there are further wins: the recipes all give potential variations and useful ingredient swaps and substitutions, so that you can reduce food waste and make your ingredients – and your money – go further.


Having transformed the way we cook with books like 15 Minute Meals and 5 Ingredients, Jamie now turns his attention to the ever-popular one-pan method, applying the same principles of ease, accessibility, and convenience to this naturally fuss-free style of cooking. One presents simple, budget-friendly solutions to everyday cooking conundrums with over 100 recipes, all designed to be cooked in one pot, pan, or tray. To make things even more straightforward, each recipe involves no more than eight ingredients, meaning you’ll be able to whip up flavoursome meals without an exhaustingly long shopping list.

With recipes for batch cooking, easy dessert ideas, and a whole chapter dedicated to frying pan pasta, One is guaranteed to liven up your recipe repertoire, minimise time spent in the kitchen, and cut down on your washing up too.

The Roasting Tin

The concept of The Roasting Tin is simple: leave the hard work to the oven. All you need to do is a little preparation while your oven heats up, throw your ingredients together and leave the oven to get on with cooking dinner. It’s all about minimal effort and maximum flavour, nutrition and ease.

The Green Roasting Tin

Following on from the success of The Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer created a fresh set of one-tin recipes with vegetarian and vegan cooking in mind. All meat-free and full of flavour, they are perfect for busy midweek evenings when you don’t have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen.

The Quick Roasting Tin

As if the The Roasting Tin cookbooks weren’t already perfect for midweek cooking, the third title in the series goes one step further with a set of extra quick recipes. Requiring no more than ten minutes of prep and thirty minutes in the oven, these speedy oven meals embrace both meat and meat-free diets alike, put emphasis on flavour and are easy to adapt depending on what you have in the fridge and cupboards.

One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals

by Mari Mererid Williams

A family cookbook that does exactly what it says on the tin: 100 inspired meals that can each be cooked in just one pan. With family-friendly recipes such as frying pan lasagne, sweet potato dahl and even pizza, it’s a cookbook the kids will love to eat from.

One Pot Wonders

by Lindsey Bareham

With ideas to suit every occasion and season, Lindsey Bareham brings you 100 nutritious one-pot dinners with flair. Though the emphasis is on ease, there’s no compromise on quality or flavour and recipes include the likes of saffron chicken with apricots, and asparagus, potato, pea and quinoa salad.

Bored of Lunch

by Nathan Anthony

Making meals in a slow cooker is the ultimate form of one-pot cooking – simply chuck your ingredients in and leave it to do its thing while you carry on with your day. This nifty piece of kitchen kit also uses far less energy than an oven or hob and is great at tenderising cheaper cuts of meat, making it the appliance of choice for budget-conscious cooks. Nathan Anthony (aka Bored of Lunch) has become a go-to source of inspiration for what to make in a slow cooker and his debut cookbook is a treasure trove of ideas for every day of the week. The 80 calorie-counted recipes include pasta, risotto, curries and healthy versions of your favourite takeaways. With simple methods and easy-to-find ingredients, this is a perfect accompaniment for the chef looking to expand their repertoire of slow cooker recipes.

Slow Cooked

by Miss South

A cookbook devoted to the humble slow-cooker, these are adventurous, affordable dishes that are low on effort and full of flavour. From hearty main courses to low-effort puddings, to creative ways to use up leftovers, this is no-fuss, inexpensive, slow-cooker food at its best.

The Pressure Cooker Cookbook

by Catherine Phipps

From pot-roast chicken and seafood risotto to Boston baked beans and pulled pork sandwiches, The Pressure Cooker Cookbook is all about adapting conventional, family-friendly recipes for the pressure cooker.

One Pot Vegan

From the duo behind popular vegan cooking site, So Vegan, One Pot Vegan is a collection of 80 fast and simple one-tin, pot or pan recipes. Full of inspiration for light meals, dinners and desserts, it makes creative midweek vegan cooking easier than ever before.

Baked In One

by Eloise Head

In Baked in One, TikTok baking sensation Eloise Head (aka Fitwaffle) brings us one hundred new easy bakes all designed to be made in the same 20cm square tin. With popular fan-favourite recipes as well as brand-new, never-before-seen creations, this cookbook will keep any avid baker busy. From five-ingredient bakes to special occasion creations for impressing friends and family, there’s a bake for all eventualities, including some extra special seasonal bakes for Easter, Christmas and more.


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