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About Ben Lebus
My name is Ben Lebus and I am the founder of MOB Kitchen.
When I moved into my first house with my four best mates at university, I relished the opportunity to cook in my own kitchen. However, I quickly saw that this enthusiasm was not shared by my friends. The boys, Paddy and Chester, would cook bacon sarnies and pesto pasta five nights a week. The rest of the time they would buy a ready-made soup from the local shop. I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why they lacked the confidence in the kitchen to cook a proper meal.
Something needed to be done. I wanted to prove that you didn’t have to be rich or talented to cook a healthy, delicious meal. So I started to write a blog with a series of recipes that would feed us all for under a tenner. In my final year at university, I filmed 20 of the recipes to share online. I came up with the name MOB Kitchen and launched the channel in August 2016.
So, what exactly is MOB Kitchen? When I was at university, young people weren’t cooking. T
he phrases ‘I can’t be bothered’ or ‘It’s too expensive’ were commonplace in the student kitchen. Across the social media sites on which we spent all of our time, there were no relevant and accessible videos showing us that cooking healthy, delicious food is easy and affordable and fun.
We needed a site to show us that by using simple, everyday ingredients in the right way, we could cook for our housemates, colleagues and friends without any fuss. Before MOB Kitchen, this simply did not exist. With real prices, real food, real imperfections and real music, MOB Kitchen provided the answer. MOB Kitchen is a movement away from the take-away, away from processed food, and back into the kitchen. Thousands of students, young professionals and families across the country cook our recipes every week, which is why it is time to present to you the first MOB Kitchen book.
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Having taken the social media world by storm with his 1-minute, how-to-make recipe videos, MOB Kitchen founder Ben Lebus is revitalising home-cooking with delicious, easy and accessible dishes that absolutely anyone can cook, all on a budget.This, the first MOB Kitchen cookbook, contains all the inspiration you need to make budget meals to impress your friends and family, any time.
Each recipe is designed to feed four people for under £10. His mission is to mob-ilise cooks everywhere, young or old, and to inspire them to cook delicious, nutritious and inexpensive recipes. From Asian-flavoured spaghetti meatballs to the ultimate homemade falafel pittas, every base is covered, whether your mob is vegan, vegetarian, meat-loving or health obsessed. All that is expected is that you have salt, pepper, olive oil and a small budget, nothing more. Teaming up with musicians, as online, each recipe has a song that’s perfect to play as you cook and can be accessed directly through Spotify.
From the author of the No.1 Bestseller MOB Kitchen: Feed 4 or more for under £10.
Following on from the phenomenal success of MOB Kitchen and MOB Veggie, Ben Lebus returns, this time with a focus on creating beautiful budget-friendly food, fast.
Speedy MOB works on the principle that if the cornerstone of your meal (e.g. pasta, rice, grains) takes ten minutes to cook, then any recipe can take 12-minutes to prepare, cook and serve. So, it’s time to prep like a boss and get creative with your sauces, sides and dressings. Packed full of clever time-saving hacks and signature MOB Kitchen resourcefulness, you can go from chopping board to dinner plate in 12-minutes or less.
Each recipe is photographed in classic MOB style with chapters including: Brunch, Pasta, Rice and Noodles, Bowls and Sweet Stuff. Back with more recipes than ever before, Speedy MOB features over 75 all-new recipes for everything from Beetroot Sabich and Saag Paneer to Cheat’s Dan Dan Noodles and Crispy Beef Tacos.
The twelve-minute challenge has landed, so get ready, get speedy and feed your MOB.
From the author of the No.1 Bestseller MOB Kitchen: Feed 4 or more for under £10
Having taken the social media world by storm with his 1-minute, how-to-make recipe videos, MOB Kitchen founder Ben Lebus is back with his second book MOB Veggie.
Perfect for the vegetarian cook on a budget, and stuffed with delicious, easy and accessible dishes that absolutely anyone can cook with the aim of feeding four people for under £10.
Featuring delicious recipes such as Miso-glazed Sticky Aubergine with Sesame Rice, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Jackfruit Curry, MOB Veggie contains all the inspiration you need to make budget meals to impress your friends and family, any time. Chapters include: Brunch MOB, Fresh MOB, Speedy MOB, Fuss-free MOB, Flashy MOB and Fakeaway MOB.
Every MOB Kitchen recipe is affordable, healthy, delicious, beautiful and easy to make. Unlike most budget cooking sites, MOB Kitchen doesn’t make any absurd store-cupboard assumptions. All that is expected is that you have salt, pepper, olive oil and a small budget, nothing more. Get cooking!