The Organised Cook
Turning good intentions into everyday habits

The Organised Cook

Are you feeling low on time and energy when it comes to cooking?

Do you worry about the rising cost of food, both to your wallet and the planet?

Would you like to feel calmer and more in control of your kitchen?

Would you also like to shop smarter, reduce stress, decrease food waste and crucially, actually enjoy eating a healthy diet?

Yes? I thought so! 

The Organised Cook joins the dots between us really wanting to eat well and the messy, everyday reality of putting that into practice. This book isn’t going to tell you what to eat, or why healthy eating is important (something that I’ve talked about in-depth in my previous books); but it is going to tell you exactly how to do it in amongst the busy, chaotic reality of everyday life – most especially when time, money, energy and motivation are short.

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You will learn:
  • How to organise your fridge, cupboards and equipment to maximise efficiency and healthy choices
  • What essential kit I think a well-organised kitchen really needs
  • How to shop smarter and avoid overspending or being persuaded to buy things you don’t need (or aren’t so good for you)
  • How to cook and clear as quickly as possible, and my go-to ‘instant’ vegetable hacks
  • Why making a rough weekly meal plan can be a total game-changer for busy households, and how exactly to do it
  • How to understand food labels and nutrition information so you can make the most informed choices when out shopping, including the best ways to spot ultra-processed foods
  • Why the way we eat is so important to our overall health, and what to do about it
  • The unexpected impact that our glasses, crockery and serving habits can potentially have on our food choices
  • My kitchen cleaning checklist
  • 70 new versatile, easy and tasty recipes so you’ll always have a healthy meal to hand (including a 7-day nutritionally balanced meal plan)
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From Overwhelmed to Organised

As with all of my books, this has been written for you, based on all of the emails, questions, feedback and frustrations that you all share with me. Over the past couple of years, I spotted that there has been a real shift in the healthy eating conundrum. It is no longer really a lack of fundamental nutrition knowledge, nor a lack of desire to eat well, but more a lack of systems that creates so many problems and difficulties in our efforts to enjoy a consistently healthy diet. This is something which hasn’t had enough focus in healthy eating literature so far, including in my own work.

Yet for years, I have been helping my clients to organise their kitchens, cupboards, shopping and cooking, assisting them in putting efficient systems in place. It is a game-changing part of the journey, and now, I am going to teach these methods to you too.

Why is all of this so important? Because life is busy, hectic, and often chaotic. The past couple of anxiety-provoking and isolating pandemic years have created a background of fatigue that ripples through daily life even now. Add to this the cost-of-living crisis, climate change continuing apace (sped up by the often devastating impact of the food industry), as well as the need to be inclusive of likes, dislikes, allergies and changes of appetite, and it all adds up to a very heavy mental load.

Finding the energy (and other resources) required to cook three healthy meals from scratch every day against this backdrop is not an insignificant ask. It’s no wonder so many of us are feeling burnt out in the kitchen.

So I think it’s also unsurprising that sometimes all we can summon the energy for is to reach into the biscuit tin, find the takeaway numbers, or just-about-manage a slice of toast. It’s not a lack of willpower, I think it’s a totally understandable response to these sometimes overwhelming challenges.

Yet we also know, deep down, that good, healthy food is what our bodies really crave, need and deserve. Perhaps even more so than usual, to help support us through tougher times.

My team and I have therefore spent the past couple of years researching, experimenting, testing and working on all sorts of practical ways to help address these challenges. The Organised Cook is packed full of hints, tips, hacks and recipes to help you save time, shop smarter and eat more healthily. I can honestly say that what we found out has been transformative for all of us who have been working on the book, and I am delighted that we can share it with you too.

One step at a time, The Organised Cook will help you shift your cooking from overwhelmed to organised, radically transforming your diet along the way.

Over 70 new recipes, including:

BREAKFAST

Seedy Cinnamon Bircher Base

EGGS

Seasonal Frittatas

SOUPS

Instant Roasted Pepper and Lentil Soup

SALADS & VEGETABLES

Baked Caponata and Black Rice and Greens with Sesame and Ginger Dressing

PASTA

One-pot Lemon and Cabbage Spaghetti

FISH

Quick Fish Pie

POULTRY

One-pot Lemongrass Roasted Chicken and Rice

MEAT

Pork and Fennel Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

SNACKS & DIPS

Cavolo Nero and Walnut Pesto

FLAVOURS & SAUCES

Pickled Chillies

SWEETS

Earl Grey-infused Walnut, Date and Honey Cake

Jo Roberts-Miller

“I can’t tell you how useful I have found Amelia’s tips! So much of what she says is just what I need to hear… It has inspired me to go through my cupboards and rearrange. I also now keep my golden work space clear at all times and it has made me feel so much calmer in the kitchen. Amelia’s book is full of good advice, helpful tips, encouraging support and delicious recipes.”

Morwenna Loughman

“This book has revolutionised my whole approach to how I shop and cook and I will never look back… My kitchen is absolutely tiny – I only have one small cupboard for food – and Amelia’s guidance in knowing what to stock that cupboard with (and what’s just taking up space and I never end up using!) has been invaluable. I feel like I’ve been let in to the food industry’s best-kept secret, and I could not be more grateful – thank you Amelia!”

Michelle Signore

“Ensuring we always have a nutritious meal to hand can sometimes seem overwhelming. But, as Amelia shows us in this life-changing book, organisation can take the stress out of eating healthily. The Organised Cook is packed full of practical, sensible advice about how to sort out your kitchen space, plan your meals and your shopping and how to make sure that nothing goes to waste. I have already started to follow Amelia’s advice and have found that a bit of planning really does go a long way!”

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