With us all being urged to only go to the shops when it’s absolutely necessary, it’s time to get creative with what’s in the store cupboard.

To help, we’ve rounded up a great selection of cookery books championing the most humble ingredients that will have you cooking up a storm in no time.

Whether you’re trying to make more with less, keep fresh ingredients to a minimum or are re-learning how to cook for one, there should be a book here to guide you through these uncertain times.

When putting our cookbooks to the test, we were conscious of the availability of ingredients required, the cost per serving and of course, just how tasty the end result was.

Common themes that aim to save you time and money include making the most of your freezer, adapting recipes to suit what you have to hand, meal planning and using up every last bit of what you buy.

Far from being dull, recipes spanned all cuisines so hopefully you won’t find yourself repeating flavours, even if you’re stuck inside for a while.

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The verdict: Store cupboard cookbooks

This was a tough one but we’ve awarded our best buy to The Art of the Larder which is so useful in today’s climate, and we can definitely see ourselves referring to it time and time again. We’re confident it will provide inspiration no matter what you’ve got to work with. If you’re looking to feed a family on a budget, The Batch Lady or Feed your Family for £20 will show you how, while cutting down how many times you need to go to the shops.

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