Budget recipe book reprinted

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A recipe book to help people who use the city’s food banks eat healthily is to be preprinted.

‘Simple Cooking on a Shoestring’ provides information about healthy eating, food budgeting tips and simple, healthy recipes using ingredients provided in food bank parcels.

Due to its popularity, Hammerson, the developer of the city’s Victoria Gate scheme, is funding a reprint of the book which was put together by Leeds wellbeing charity Zest Health for Life.

Susie Brown, chief executive officer at Zest Health for Life, said: “This lovely little book which is full of nutritious yet simple recipes has proved to be a real hit with both local food bank users and our wider beneficiaries. We’re thrilled to be able to do a reprint and give even more people a helping hand with their cooking skills.”

The 40-page recipe book aims to make healthy cooking more accessible, encourage a healthier lifestyle and help people to make the most of their parcel.

It will continue to be distributed with food bank parcels at Leeds East Food Bank and through Zest to vulnerable groups in Leeds.

Jon Brookes, community manager at Hammerson, said: “We’re delighted that the first recipe book has been so popular and we are keen to continue to support Zest Health for Life with the reprint.

“As part of the development of Victoria Gate, we are committed to supporting the local community and our work with Zest Health for Life is just one of many community initiatives that we are involved in.”

Work started in April 2014 on the new ££165 million Victoria Gate retail development, which is due to open later this year. The scheme will house one of the largest John Lewis stores outside of London. The designs also include a casino, a multi-storey car park and Victoria Gate arcade with 30 stores, restaurants, cafes and leisure space.