The Zero Fucks Cookbook: Best Food Least Effort by Yumi Stynes

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The Zero Fucks Cookbook is best summed up by author Yumi Stynes' ten commandments:

  1. You shall not fuss.

  2. If a step can be simplified, shortened or skipped altogether, it will be.

  3. You shall use the whole tub or container, rather than leave an annoying blob in the bottom.

  4. You shall always opt for healthier food, making you feel sexier. 

  5. Marshmallows do not count as an ingredient. Nor does Coca Cola, nor French Onion Soup. You are busy, not a bogan.

  6. You will never apologise. You cooked. That is enough. 

  7. When it is written 'best quality' – eg, 'use 200g of best quality bacon' – it means the best quality you can afford. 'Best quality' does not equal 'most expensive'. 

  8. You will always accept help. If you are in a situation where you have zero f*cks left to give and someone offers to help chop, or bring a plate or salad, or buy a cake for dessert, YOU WILL SAY YES. 

  9. You WILL follow the recipe! Every recipe has been carefully checked and tested by people who give vastly more f*cks than you do. Trust them. Get creative later.


Yumi's book shows how it is possible to adhere to these principles AND enjoy delicious, tasty fuss-free food. It is divided across five chapters: weeknights; barbecue; snacks, emergencies and other moments of desperation; sweet stuff; and weekends. The key is celebrating her love of eating and cooking, without unnecessarily complicating meal time in an already busy family household.

Yumi Stynes
Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster, television presenter, food fanatic, former cook, fitness enthusiast and mother-of-four.

Among her daily responsibilities she presents a national radio show on the KIIS network called The 3pm Pickup. She hosts a new ABC podcast called Ladies, We Need to Talk which has consistently rated at number 1 on the iTunes charts, and zeroes in on forbidden conversations that women need to have. In 2018 she'll be fronting a couple of documentary television projects and in April she intends to take two of her children on an 84km bushwalk through the Tasmanian wilderness.

Yumi grew up in rural Victoria with a Japanese mother and finds Japanese-Australian cooking a natural fit – and in Zero F*cks Cooking, shows off some insanely easy tricks that make it easy for anyone to make Japanese food at home.

In Yumi's busy life she's always been and remains the only cook in her household and thus quite an expert in inclusive and easy food. In her Zero F*cks approach she encourages the home cook to unshackle themselves from guilt and stress and enjoy what can be done simply and well.

Category:Cookery / food & drink etc
Format:Paperback / softback
Publication Date:01-03-2018
Dimensions (mm):240x210mm