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The Zero Fucks Cookbook

The Zero Fucks Cookbook

by Yumi Stynes

Best Food Least Effort

Hardie Grant Books
Publish Date
March 2018

The Zero Fucks Cookbook is best summed up by author Yumi Stynes' ten commandments: Thou shall not fuss. Thou shall use the whole tub or container of something, rather than leave an annoying, unusable amount in the bottom. If a step can be simplified, shortened or skipped altogether, it will be. Thou shall always opt for healthier food, making thou sexier. Marshmallows do not count as an ingredient. Nor does Coca Cola nor French Onion Soup. Thou art busy, not a bogan. Thou shall never apologise. You cooked. That is enough. When it is written "best quality" – eg, "use 200g of best quality bacon" – it means the best quality you can afford. "Best quality" does not equal "most expensive". Thou shall accept help. If you are in a situation where you have zero fucks left to give, and someone offers to help chop, or bring a plate, or a salad, or buy a cake for dessert SAY YES. Thou shall follow the recipe! Every other chef says "be creative". NO. I say, "FOLLOW THE RECIPE". Every recipe has been carefully checked and tested by people who give vastly more fucks than you do. Trust them. Get creative later. Thou shalt have fun. Yumi's book shows how it is possible to adhere to these principles AND enjoy delicious, tasty fuss-free food. It is divided across five chapters: weeknights; barbecue; snacks, emergencies and other moments of desperation; sweet stuff; and weekends. The key is celebrating her love of eating and cooking, without unnecessarily complicating meal time in an already busy family household.

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