Jamie Oliver to release two cookbooks in 2016

Jamie Oliver to release two cookbooks in 2016

Michael Joseph is to publish two new books from Jamie Oliver in 2016.

The first, called Family Super Food, will be on the subject of "healthy eating for the family", and the second, Jamie’s Christmas, will be "a long awaited Christmas book".

The news breaks a pattern where Oliver traditionally only publishes one title per year in the autumn season. The release date for each new book publishing in 2016 has yet to be disclosed. 

Louise Moore, managing director of Michael Joseph, said: “It is every publisher’s dream to have an author like Jamie and to have two books in one year is truly a gift for us and his fans. I can’t wait to eat from the Family Super Food book, and Christmas is such a stressful time for the cook in the family, so who better to hold your hand through the most important meal of the year.”

Oliver said: "Doing two books in one year is incredibly exciting. First up, there's my Family Super Food. I've had such a lot of positive feedback that it's inspired me to focus on the dishes that people really love but that perhaps aren't so healthy, and rewrite them so they fit into my super food philosophy to make them easy and accessible for everyone.

"To end the year on a real high, there's my epic Christmas cookbook, which is the culmination of 17 years work of fine-tuning the ultimate in amazing recipes, tricks and tips that will deliver every time and support you in making that special time of year the very best it can be. I'll only do this book once, so it's been a long time in the making. I know you'll love it and hope you'll go back to it year after year."

Oliver's latest title Everyday Super Food, published by Michael Joseph in August 2015, has sold 409,420 copies to date. Oliver also amassed 13 consecutive weeks in the number one spot for non-fiction for 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) over Christmas 2010, a record only Body Coach Joe Wicks has come close to since after holding down the number one spot for seven weeks and counting this week, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.

Last year, The Bookseller reported that Jamie Oliver broke through the £150m unit mark for sales of his cookbooks, making him by far the bestselling non-fiction author of all time, since accurate records began. Overall, J K Rowling (and her alter ego Robert Galbraith) remains the only other author to have outsold Oliver.