For the first time, Jamie Oliver has created the theme of his latest book and TV show as a result of overwhelming requests from his fans. The theme of the new book, Save With Jamie, is ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less’ and will be available to buy in the UK from August 29th. Order yours now.

The book and the accompanying Channel 4 show Jamie’s Money Saving Meals, which begins on September 2nd in the UK will arm you with all the knowledge you need for clever recipes, with Jamie’s trademark tips, tricks and ideas to help you. It’s about making the most of your ingredients, embracing leftovers, using your freezer, loads of clever things that will help you ‘shop smart, cook clever, waste less’ for your family.

Jamie said: “We were busy working on another fantastic book, when we realised that there was so much public demand for a book helping you to make delicious, affordable, nutritious meals, without compromising on flavour, that we really had to park our initial project and respond to that demand.

“People really wanted to have amazing food that wasn’t going to cost them an arm and a leg. Changing what we were doing was the right thing to do, and ultimately you can’t ignore public feedback as strong as that.”

But Jamie was ready for this, he explained that he and his food team were the most knowledgeable people to deal with this subject matter.

“They know exactly what’s in the supermarkets and therefore which ingredients constantly give value for money. We spent a load of time thinking about what a really great ‘best of’ cookbook looks like, with meals in it that cost around half the price of an average take-away?” Jamie added.

“It’s about really great food that happens to be really good value because it won’t break the bank. It can genuinely save you thousands of pounds a year. The average family meal of burgers at a takeaway can cost £18-£20, that soon adds up to a lot of money – we can do it for less than a tenner! People helping us with the research just couldn’t believe how much money they were spending on junk food.“

He continued: “When you start thinking about meals for bigger families then the figures start getting ridiculous. I mean think about it, what would you do with an extra £2-£3k in your wallet each year?

“A bargain bucket of chicken can cost £16 for a family of four; we can do it for £13 – and with higher-welfare chicken.”

So here are some unnerving stats, reinforcing the need for Jamie to publish this book.

  • On average British adults spend £1,320-per-year on fast food, eating 12 takeaways per-month
  • 40 per cent of food bought in Britain ends up in the bin
  • More than half of all meals eaten outside of the home are fast food
  • The US spends enough money on junk food each year to potentially end world hunger

The book is split into chapters on main ingredients, vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, pork and lamb giving a really easy reference for when you get those cravings.

Jamie concludes: “This book isn’t aimed at new cooks; it’s aimed at everyone – students going to university for the first time and needing a helping hand, families on a budget, anyone looking to learn principles they can apply to their everyday shopping and cooking, young, old whoever.”

Save With Jamie is published on August 29th in the UK and his Channel 4 series Money Saving Meals begins on September 2nd. Find out more at


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  • Neil McLachlan

    On average British adults spend £1,320-per-year on fast food, eating 12 takeaways per-month

    Got a source for that or did you make it up? What utter shite. Nobody i know can afford to spend that on food in a week, far less on carry outs.

  • Maria João Inglês

    Please make a Kindle edition!

  • Becky Gale

    Bit concerned about the sustainability and ethics of frozen fish from supermarkets??
    But lovely to get some delicious jamie ideas on cheap good food!

  • Bob

    Excellent new show delivered with Jamie’s style and panache. If I could make one small comment the Nutritional Information would benefit from the addition of the “Fibre content”

  • Jane Smith

    I would love to know more about freezing herbs; it seems that Jamie always has them handy, because of his garden; us here on Majorca, where we live, you can buy mint and basil, coriander on some markets in big portions, but at home I can’t always use it up in a day or two, so have tried to freeze some herbs….they get brown and tasteless and fresh herbs in pots don’t seem to last long either…any tip or idea, what to do? Thanks and regards from sunny Majorca,Jane

    • Nabeelah

      Have you tried drying them? I leave my fresh herbs on a paper towel near a window that gets a lot of sun and within a few days they are dry and can be bottled. When you are ready to use them, heat in some oil to release the flavour.

      • Jane Smith

        thanks Nabeelah…and what does bottled mean?

  • Brooke Summerville

    I love this concept. The only thing I would add as a further way to save (money and the environment) is to offer Eco tips as well. Things like using baking mats instead of baking paper, an empty bread bag instead of a freezer bag (you can write on the bread tie), using alternatives to paper towels and plastic wrap etc. Big fans otherwise. Eco Parents Australia.

  • Duncan Thornton

    Loving your new book Jamie, got it last week and immediately cooked the brisket mothership, brilliant! Then did the Rendang followed by the Korean stir fry. Trying the mince and onion pie tonight, problem!! Your recipe for the pie topping, can’t make it work, it just falls apart, help!!

    • jamieoliverdotcom

      We are so pleased at HQ to hear that you are enjoying cooking from the new book. Sorry to hear that you are struggling with the pastry on the onion pie. I would suggest that you make sure your butter is really cold before you start to make the pastry, aslo make sure that you are using full fat cream cheese as this will help to bind the pastry and be less watery than a lower fat version. Also make sure that you allow your pastry to rest in the fridge for at least 30mins. This will make it easier to handle when you start to roll it out. Thanks