Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has donated copies of a new cookbook to all of Lincolnshire’s libraries.
The book contains money-saving recipes and tips on how to stop food waste.
All 47 libraries and five mobile libraries now stock Save With Jamie.
But it comes as Lincolnshire County Council considers reducing library services.
Jamie Oliver said: “As everyone comes under bigger and bigger financial pressure, they want help to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget, so this book was born completely out of public demand.
“We know from the fabulous work that libraries do every day that everyone deserves a chance to learn basic skills that can improve everyday lives.
“Reading and cooking are two of those skills for sure."
Jonathan Platt, head of libraries, said the books could help hard-up Lincolnshire families.
"Jamie's gift to Lincolnshire's libraries will be invaluable,” he said
“With families spending an average of £44.20 a week on groceries while wasting food worth up to £680 a year, Save with Jamie couldn't have come at a better time."