Recycle Devon has launched a free new online recipe book to help residents waste less food and save up to £800 a year.
Have Your Food And Eat It shares tips on buying, storing and preparing food and contains recipes for using up leftovers to help make them stretch further.
UK residents throw away 6.7milion tonnes of food a year – a third of what we buy.
Nearly half of that is fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy, rice and pasta.
Research also shows that we throw away more food than we think we do.
Common reasons include buying too much in the first place, improper storage, not eating things in time and cooking too much – especially pasta and rice.
The first half of the online book looks at ways to save money and time; from smarter shopping to meal prepping for the week ahead.
The second half provides a selection of recipes suited to using up ingredients in the fridge, or leftovers from previous meals.
Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste on Devon County Council, said: “Have Your Food And Eat It shows that home cooking can be quick, easy and budget friendly without the need for any experience or expensive gadgets.
“Whatever food you enjoy, this book can help you waste less and save you money, it’s a lot easier than you might think.”