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« on: August 30, 2013, 11:49:37 AM »

Residents looking for exciting recipes that don’t bust the budget can head straight for their local library – the latest book by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is now available in all 13 of the Royal Borough libraries thanks to a special partnership agreement.

Jamie, publishers Penguin Random House and national charity The Reading Agency have donated a free copy of ‘Save with Jamie’ to each of the more than 4,000 public libraries in the UK.

The book, packed with tasty, inexpensive recipes and money-saving tips, was launched yesterday, Thursday 29 August, with the chef’s intention that the book should be made accessible to everyone, not just those who could afford to buy it.

Royal Borough library users can borrow the book to pick up a whole range of budget-busting cooking skills for free. It is designed to help families and communities under financial pressure to shop smart, cook clever, eat well and waste less. In this age of austerity, with spiralling food costs and the average family wasting £680 on food a year, Jamie’s mission is to make sure everyone can cook well. And libraries, with their vital, free community services and space, are a crucial resource for people when times are tough.

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 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.”

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “We really appreciate this generous gift. Having access to free books and reading experiences is vitally important, especially when people are under financial pressure.

“Jamie Oliver’s mission to make good food accessible to all drives right at the heart of the role that libraries play to make good reading accessible to all – and there are many people in our community who will benefit from this book.”

‘Save with Jamie’ can be reserved for free at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/libraries_catalogue.htm
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