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Recommended cookbooks for unskilled heathen bachelor?

Any titles that literally hold the reader's hand and teaches them all the basics to assemble a healthy, one-person portioned meal? I don't just mean spag bol or shepherd's pie or toad in the hole or popping a pizza into the oven.

Backstory: my boyfriend relocated to Japan to work and has been filling up on Asahi and porky, fatty deep-fried things daily at a 10pm dinner. His health is taking a hit and he notes somewhat bemusedly that he hasn't had any vegetables for a long time.

To give you an idea, his culinary know-how is that of a teenager, ranging generally from reading cardboard sleeve instructions, piercing films and pressing buttons on the microwave.

I think a cookbook is in order. What do you think? Have you any titles or suggestions?

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