Best Joe Wicks’ cookbooks

We’ve rounded up the best Joe Wicks' cookbooks - including his Lean in 15 collection and Feel Good Food

A selection of the best Joe Wicks cookbooks for 2022

We’ve rounded up the best Joe Wicks' cookbooks for 2022 - all of which you can buy online.

From veggie lean in 15 to cooking for family and friends, Joe Wicks has plenty of cookbooks to choose from when it comes to healthy eating.

“Whether buying as a gift or just a treat for yourself, a cookbook is a perfect keepsake,” says Senior Content Editor, Jessica Dady (opens in new tab). “Joe Wicks has a great selection of cookbooks to choose from for those who want to eat healthier - and quickly too! Joe Wicks' 30-minute meals is a favourite.”

The first of Joe Wicks' cookbooks, Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan is the best-selling diet book of all time. Since then he has published plenty more diet books. Combining food and exercise, Joe Wicks helps people kickstart and maintain a healthy lifestyle. His recipe books are based on quick, easy, and affordable meals. This roundup includes Joe Wicks' latest cookbook published in March 2022.

Best Joe Wicks' cookbooks - top 10

1. Joe Wicks' 30 Day Kick Start Plan

Joe Wicks kick start plan

Published in Nov 2020

Why we love it: It has well-explained workouts to help you get your body in shape. But it’s the practical advice and tips that will really motivate you to get going and stay on track. 

Joe Wicks believes motivation for a new fitness and healthy eating regime is strongest in the first 30 days. This book capitalises on that idea. And it really helps you get the right mindset for a healthier lifestyle.  It has 100 tasty international recipes that are easy to cook up. Satay chicken (opens in new tab) with Asian slaw, Elvis pancakes (opens in new tab), or how about sage butter chicken (opens in new tab), anyone? They’re all designed for one, so just multiply per person – so much easier than subtracting from meals for four or six. Many of the recipes are meat-based but there are vegetarian alternative suggestions. Plus Joe Wicks really uses herbs and spices to good effect.

Rated 5 stars by 76% of Amazon customers, this has to be one of Joe Wicks' best cookbooks. "The first thing to note is that this is a lot more than your standard recipe book," said one happy Amazon customer. "It features advice on hydration, sleep, lifestyle choices, goal setting, and keeping motivated among other things. The recipes themselves are fairly simple, mostly with 6-10 ingredients, but are made interesting by the use of herbs and spices. You certainly do not need to be a qualified chef to attempt any of them. The recipes come from many different cuisines around the world, but also have some things included like Lancashire hotpot and ham, egg and chips."

2. Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Shift Plan 

Joe Wicks lean in 15 minute meals

Published Dec 2015

Why we love it: Joe Wicks's first book and an all-time diet bestseller, this is your starting point.

This cookbook will take you through the first 30 days and help you eat exactly what you need to fuel your workouts. The idea is to have one carb meal on training days to help you get leaner and fitter. And the great thing is the portion sizes are pretty big, so you won’t go hungry. All the meals are easy to prep – and yes they are mostly dishes you can rustle up in 15 minutes, though some take a little longer. It’s a good idea to stock up your store cupboard with herbs and spices, so you’re ready to roll.

"I bought this book as my husband wanted to overhaul the way we ate, and boy has it worked. We’re 19 days in and can honestly say we’ve enjoyed everything so far," said one satisfied Amazon customer. "At first glance, there do appear to be a lot of ingredients in the recipes but when you plan the week out, you can see there are many common items. I write a shopping list based on the week ahead’s planned menu and don’t deviate, that way we’re not tempted to cook our old meals!! Some meals take a bit of advanced prepping and others not so much. But generally, most take 15-20 mins from the start of cooking to food on the plate. I like the way that you choose what you eat based on whether you’re training or not, rather than traditional breakfast, lunch or dinner options..."

3. Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Shape Plan

Joe Wicks lean in 15 shape

Published in June 2016

Why we love it: The second part of the 90-day plan ramps up both diet and exercise. Again, in this cookbook, everything is clearly explained and illustrated by Joe Wicks.

Instead of having one carb meal on training days, you will now have three. And there are four new HIIT workouts to follow, too, with resistance training. The idea is to build muscle and increase your metabolic rate, so you can eat more, burn fat and stay lean. There are 100 recipes to choose from, with the variety and simple appeal Joe Wicks does so well. Think quick chicken and mushroom risotto, Jerk tuna with rice and peas, a beetroot and raspberry smoothie, and so on.

Rated an average of 4.6 stars by Amazon customers. This cookbook has been labeled 'great', 'brilliant' and one happy customer added; "So good. The recipes are fantastic. Easy and so tasty. Many are for one serving which is a bit of a problem, but just have to do the maths. No unnecessary obscure ingredients to be different. 1.5 stone lost so far in 12 weeks. I will be buying other books in the series."

4. Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Sustain Plan

Lean in 15 sustain

Published in Nov 2016

Why we love it: A great range of recipes - one of our favourite recipes from this book is Joe's banana and quinoa overnight oats (opens in new tab) - it's the perfect option if you're bored of the same old breakfast every morning!

Here’s where the long-term view comes in. Joe Wicks is aiming to help you transform your outlook on diet and exercise for good - and this part of his cookbook takes you beyond any idea of quick fixes. By now you should find your energy levels and fitness are way better, thanks to healthy eating and exercise. So if you’re determined to maintain your newfound fitness, there’s plenty of inspiration here.

"This book has an amazing range of healthy recipes - loads of choice! The portion sizes are very generous, much larger than you'd expect for a healthy eating book," said Amazon customer Charlotte, who rated this cookbook 5 stars. She added; "The only thing I wish would change is I would love there to be a picture for each recipe so you can see what it is supposed to look like. I find I tend to go for the recipes with a picture next to them. Would definitely recommend! (I also have the red one, I find I tend to use this one more, but both are equally as great)."

5. Joe Wicks' Veggie Lean in 15

Joe Wicks lean in 15 veggie

Published in Dec 2018

Why we love it: With 100 veggie recipes, this is the cookbook to choose if you want to eat less meat or none at all.

Yes, he does vegetarian recipes too!  Creamy butternut squash pasta, vegan chickpea curry (opens in new tab), and Turkish eggs (opens in new tab) are some of our favourites. Best of all, the recipes can be made in 15 minutes. Joe Wicks also offers lots of tips on preparing ahead to make mealtimes even easier.

Reviewers enjoyed the recipes but several commented that Joe Wickes uses lots of eggs, butter, and cream in the recipes, which makes them unsuitable for vegans. Rated 5 stars by 74% of Amazon customers. Luke said; "The veggie lean in 15 book arrived this evening and I've not put it down! I've been veggie all my life and was yet to find a recipe book that inspired me. Usually the same old boring stuff. I have never wanted to try everything at once! Recently me and my husband (who is a meat eater) have struggled to find the motivation to cook as we have the same meals over again. Cannot wait to try these out (starting with breakfast tomorrow!)"

6. Joe Wicks' 30 Minute Meals

Joe Wicks 30 minute meals

Published Sept 2018

Why we love it: The perfect array of recipes if you're short on time. 

With over 100 delicious recipes that work well for families as well as individuals, this is the Joe Wicks cookbook to choose from if you have a little more time to devote to making meals. How about Bang-bang chicken stir fry, or a sausage and mushroom pie?  If you’re already a fan of his Lean in 15 basics - carbs following workouts or on active days - you’ll appreciate the labels. All recipes are either 'reduced carb’ or ‘carb refuel', making it easy to choose. But there are no exercise plans included in this book.

Reviews have responded enthusiastically to the luscious photography - and Joe’s trademark banter. "Ordered this book as I want to get back into shape and it would seem no fitness instructor wants to help with a meal plan unless they train you, I have to say I am really impressed with the book the information it gives and the simple recipes are fun to make but really tasty, I highly recommend it there are some elements of the recipes I don’t like tomato but once it’s cooked you hardly know they are there, a big thanks to the author."

7. Joe Wicks' Cooking for family and friends

Cooking for family and friends

Published June 2017

Why we love it: The best cookbook to choose if you’re cooking on a larger scale, whether for your own family or guests.

Joe Wicks includes over 100 recipes, with mouthwatering titles like roast chicken with celeriac mash and bacon greens, BBQ ribs with dirty corn, and tandoori chicken thighs with chapattis. The flavoursome dishes will all help to fuel your workout – and burn fat.

Reviewers commented on the friendly style of this cookbook, and the tempting pictures, though some felt the recipes weren’t always easy to follow. One Amazon customer rated this book 5 stars adding; "This is the 4th book that I have bought from the Joe wicks range. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the previous ones and this is no different. The recipes are all easy to follow and the majority have pictures which makes it easy to see if what you have created is similar to how they have prepared theirs. I have had a number of spices and herbs that were given to me as a gift and until I picked up these books I had never used them."

8. Joe Wicks' The Fat Loss Plan

Joe Wicks fat loss plan

Published Dec 2018

Why we love it: With exercises aimed at every level of fitness and plenty of easy recipes, this book has been very well received by Joe Wicks’ fans.

It’s targeted at those of us who have tried - and failed- to lose weight with ‘plans’ in the past. This is different because the recipes are hearty and filling, so you won’t feel deprived. It also includes five HIIT exercise plans. What’s HIIT? High-intensity interval training.

Reviewers enjoyed the pictures - not least of people who’ve had success with the Joe Wicks way of losing weight! Amazon customer Alexandra commented; "This is the third book I have purchased from Joe Wicks and it is definitely my favourite! I have tried about 15 of the recipes from this book so far and have loved every single one! They are all so tasty and quick to prepare. Would definitely recommend this book!" Mo also gave this book 5 stars, adding; "Fantastic book....easy to follow received a bonus l am actually losing weight."

9. Joe's Family Food

Joe Wicks family food

Published June 2021

Why we love it: A delicious array of family-friendly food

With 100 easy recipes to choose from, this cookbook certainly ticks a lot of boxes if you're looking for inspiration for the whole family - including the fussy eaters. Recipes include Mexican chicken burgers with avocado smash and sweetcorn salsa, frying-pan pizzas with little trees and fennel sausage, and Joe Wicks' perfect carbonara.

Amazon customer Ness rated this cookbook 5 stars commenting; "Love this cookbook so much. I can see it is going to be a firm family favourite. It has 100 recipes broken down into sections for speedy suppers, oven cooking, hob, big batch, meat-free, cooking with kids, and celebrations. It is filled with delicious yet healthy meals that I’m sure my family will love. Really happy with this purchase and looking forward to trying lots and lots of these recipes."

10. Joe Wicks Feel Good Food

Feel good food

Published Mar 2022

Why we love it: Great recipes for those who want to eat healthily on a budget.

One of the best Joe Wicks cookbooks and new for 2022, this book is bursting with healthy, budget recipes. Recipes vary from breakfast to dinner and include some energy-packed snacks too. We love the positive message in Joe Wicks' latest cookbook which includes building blocks for feel-good eating as well as top tips along the way. Recipe highlights include a delicious strawberry smoothie and mouthwatering roasted spiced apples.

Rated an average of 4.6 stars on Amazon so far. One happy customer added; "Received this book yesterday and cannot wait to try some of the delicious looking recipes!! Big variations to choose from include some great-looking veggie meals which makes a nice change as we are trying to incorporate more veggie meals into our diet. The breakfast and snack options also look amazing and can’t wait to give them all a try!" Reviewers have also added that this book has a lot of meat-free recipes, ideal if you're looking to cut your meat intake down.

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