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Health, fitness and diet books for 2016 from Book People

New year diet books


If, like us, you over-indulged a little too much over Christmas, then you’ll know what the New Year means… It’s a time to eat healthier food, lose weight and live in a much better way. If you don’t know where to start your health-kick, then you should look at Book People’s selection of diet and healthy eating books. We have something for everyone!

The Gut Makeover Diet uses the scientific knowledge that the gut is central to our well-being and provides you with a four-week plan to help reap the benefits of a healthy one; while Spiralize Now has recipes to help you make use of that Spiralizer you were given for Christmas! Among the nutrient-packed spirals of fruit and vegetable-filled recipes are Prawn Pad Thai and Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Another favourite meal at this time of year – and one that can be made into a tantalisingly healthy treat – is soup and Skinny Soups has 80 flavour-packed recipes that all contain under 300 calories. Weight Watchers are excellent at providing meals full of flavour and Losing Weight the Smart Way is bursting with recipes for salads, smoothies, juices, soups and seasonal food.

You may have heard of Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, and over Christmas he certainly seemed to become a more and more familiar face. His new book, Lean in 15, not only has recipes but also workouts you can try out at home to make yourself more lean. Other famous faces that can help you live healthier are Davina McCall, whose Smart Carbs book provides a five-week programme to help you enjoy carbs without the guilt; and Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame has brought out Simplicious ­– a book full of guilt-free sweet treats, one-pot wonders and nutrient-filled delights.

The Book People’s Big Summer Book Sale – now on!

Reading sun




We’re now into the summer holidays and if you’re planning on heading away, what better way to fill your suitcase than with some of the incredible books available in our Big Summer Book Sale? With discounts of up to 90% off the RRP of books for all ages, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

There are hundreds of books featured in our summer sale, ranging from sets of fiction to children’s book collections and cookbooks from the likes of Paul Hollywood, Shelina Permalloo and Ken Hom. Children’s favourite characters also make an appearance in the kids’ books that are available at bargain prices.

If you’re looking for cheap books to bring some cheer to everyone you know this summer, why not shop in our sale here at the Book People… What would summer be without books?

What to buy your dad for Father’s Day? Why, books of course!

As we enter June and dreams head towards summer holidays, camping trips, festivals and family barbecues, there’s one event that we all should make note of – Father’s Day. Taking place on 21 June, Father’s Day gives us all the opportunity to thank our dads for all they’ve given us over the years, whether it was lifts to football matches in the middle of nowhere, carrying out the DIY or generally being there whenever you need them. We can think of no better gift on Father’s Day then a book and luckily the Book People has books for every kind of dad – no matter what his interests.


For the dad who loves being in the kitchen


Many dads think of themselves as the best cook in the house (especially when it comes to barbecues!) and we have books that can help them perfect their culinary skills. Whether they’re a meat freak, love their comfort food from Jamie and James or are looking to show off their healthy cooking skills, you’ll find great cookbooks for Father’s Day in our cookery range.


For fathers who love reading fiction


A quick straw poll in the Book People office saw the majority of our fathers being real bookworms. They’d always have their head in a book – whether they’re at home, on holiday or avoiding household chores. Books make great presents and we have fiction that will have them engrossed throughout summer and beyond. Whether they like historical adventures from Frederick Forsyth, want to discover the books that inspired their favourite TV shows like Dexter or need to catch up on contemporary bestsellers including A Man Called Ove, you’ll find them in our Father’s Day category.


For history buff dads


Many dads have a keen interest in history and love the occasional historical debate around the dinner table. This section has everything from letters sent during the war to an insight into the life of the Dalai Lama and full and frank historical discussions from Andrew Marr.


For dads who love to say ‘I know best’


Have you ever met a dad who believes they’re always right, no matter how absurd their facts may sound… Now you can ensure they’re always telling the truth with our Father’s Day gift ideas for dads who love facts and figures. With these books, they’ll be able to tell you about the world’s greatest railway journeys, discuss the lighter side of politics and talk the numbers game when discussing football and the general failures of all top-flight managers.


For active dads


Dads with plenty of hobbies and interests are always hard to buy for – just what do you get for the dad who has everything on Father’s Day? We’ve hand-picked some terrific books to help them find a new hobby. Are they artistic? They’ll love our huge dot-to-dot books… As it’s cricket season, they’ll also love finding out some of the quirkier aspects of Britain’s favourite summer sport with our three-book Wisden set.


For the dads who like to share bedtime stories


There’s a special bond between dads and young children, especially when it comes to bedtime reading. We have a selection of the best storybooks for fathers to share with their offspring. From the ever-popular Peppa Pig and the love she has for Daddy Pig to Sam McBratney’s classic There, There and the fabulously titled Daddy Is My Hero, these books are great presents for little children to buy their dads this Father’s Day.

Guest blog | Ella Woodward’s Sweet Potato Brownies – from Deliciously Ella

Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015

To celebrate the United States’ National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, at the Book People we thought this would be the ideal time to share one of our favourite sugar-free recipes from one of our favourite new cookbooks, the Sweet Potato Brownie recipe from Ella Woodward’s Deliciously Ella. So, treat yourself without the guilt this National Sweet Potato Day… boy are you in for a treat!

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie | Deliciously Ella | Ella Woodward Recipe

These brownies have consistently been the most popular recipe on my [Ella Woodward’s] blog. They’ve had more than double the amount of hits than the next most popular recipe and I’ve seen thousands of my readers’ photographs of them on Instagram! There’s a good reason for all this love, though – the brownies are divine. I know it sounds strange to put vegetables into sweet dishes, but sweet potatoes taste more like dessert anyway and they create the gooiest consistency!

Makes 10–12 brownies

2 medium-large sweet potatoes (600g)
14 Medjool dates, pitted
⅔ mug ground almonds (80g)
½ mug buckwheat or brown rice flour (100g)
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C).

Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about 20 minutes, until they become really soft.

Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart, remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms.

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato and date combination. Stir well.

Place the mix into a lined baking dish and cook for about 20–30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork and bring it out dry.

Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together!

Top tip
If you don’t have any raw cacao powder, then you can use conventional cocoa powder, but you’ll need to at least double the quantity.


Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015

Stuck for ideas in the kitchen? Let the Book People help you out

If you enjoy a slap-up meal but you’re struggling to think of new ideas, you needn’t look any further than the Book People‘s extensive selection of cookery books. From cosy British favourites to exotic cuisines from all over the world, you’re sure to find plenty to tickle your tastebuds among our wide range of cookbooks. Whipping up delicious meals needn’t be too much of a palaver – so whether you fancy yourself as a bit of an expert or you’re a complete novice, you’ll find something that’s just right for you.

Among the great books in our selection of cookery titles is Antonio Carluccio’s Pasta – priced at only £6.99 from the Book People, a big saving on the retail price of £20 – in which the well-known TV chef shows you how to rustle up just about any pasta dish you could possibly think of. With more than 100 colour photographs and a range of both classic and cutting-edge pasta dishes, this is the ideal book for any would-be connoisseur of Italian cuisine.

Other books currently available from the Book People include A Girl Called Jack – available for only £4.99 – in which blogger Jack Monroe explains how to whip up a number of thrifty dishes (including curry, pasta and pudding) that won’t cost you the earth. For those of you looking to shed a few pounds, there’s The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life – by famous TV cookery duo The Hairy Bikers – for only £5.99.

Take a look at our selection of cookbooks to see what’s currently on offer.


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