East Lothian Council

All local libraries receive free copy of Jamie Oliver book

Published Friday 30th August 13


Save with Jamie donated to local libraries

 Penguin Random House and Jamie Oliver, in partnership with the national charity The Reading Agency, have donated a copy of his new cookbook Save with Jamie free to every library in the UK. East Lothian’s Library Services will dispatch a copy of the book to the twelve branches and two mobile libraries across the county.

It is Jamie’s mission that the book, which is a response to the overwhelming public demand for a cookbook about exciting food that doesn’t ‘break the bank’, should be made accessible to everyone, not just to the people who can afford to buy it. East Lothian library users will now have the chance to learn recession busting cooking skills for free, thanks to Jamie, his publisher, and the unique brokering role that The Reading Agency plays in connecting public libraries to publishers. The Save with Jamie gift is a powerful example of the rich reading experiences made available not only to libraries in East Lothian but also to 4000+ libraries around the country through The Reading Agency’s publisher partnerships programme, supported by the Society of Chief Librarians and 43 publishers.

Jamie Oliver said:

“We know from the fabulous work that libraries do every day that everyone deserves a chance to learn basic skills that can improve everyday 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.”

Save with Jamie is clear in its intention: 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.

Thanking Jamie, Alison Hunter, East Lothian Council's Principal Libraries Officer said:

“We are incredibly grateful to Jamie Oliver and his publisher for this very generous gift. Having access to free books and reading experiences is vitally important, especially when people are under financial pressure. Jamie’s mission to make good food accessible to all very much links in with the role that our libraries play to provide our community with the help they need to deal with financial pressures, through access to a wide range of free books and information. There are many in our community who will benefit from Save with Jamie.”

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