I know this might sound a little funny coming from someone who blogs recipes all the time, but I LOVE cookbooks. There’s just something beautiful about those hardcover books holding page after page of recipes. I think it’s partly nostalgia, because I learned how to cook with my mom using her favorite cookbooks, and partly because I just love all the pretty pictures in them. #goals And over the years I’ve come to acquire a small collection of tried and true cookbooks that I go to time and time again for meal inspiration. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between!
Now don’t get me wrong… I use Pinterest for recipes on the reg and love checking out blogs for new meal ideas all the time. The internet has made cooking a totally different experience than what it used to be. And obviously I’m a fan. Hence the food blog and all. ; ) But sometimes nothing quite beats a good ‘ole cookbook.
So today I’m here to share my top five cookbooks you need in your kitchen. There’s everything from paleo to healthy to fast and easy… Each cookbook offers little bit of everything to meet the different needs you may have in your life. Have any cookbook recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments below!! I’d love to add to my collection. Just don’t tell my husband. ; )
Five Cookbooks You Need in Your Kitchen
This was my first paleo cookbook to own and y’all. It changed my life! Danielle Walker comes up with the most DELICIOUS recipes, and I especially love that they are quick and simple meals that are packed full of flavor. Isaac and I have yet to try a recipe that we haven’t liked, and one of his biggest compliments is how flavorful everything is. You don’t even miss the grains!
Meals to try:
Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
Garlic-Herb Chicken Thighs
Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
Sausage and Peppers Arrabbiata
I asked for this cookbook for Christmas a couple of years ago and I am so glad I did! I have always liked using the Skinnytaste website for recipes, and so when I saw they had a cookbook, I was all over it. This one features recipes that can be made in about 30 minutes (or less) OR recipes that are made in a slow cooker. It’s the perfect cookbook to have if you’re a busy person like me who still wants to bring healthy and delicious meals to the table without much hassle.
Meals to try:
Slow Cooker “Baked” Oatmeal with Coconut, Blueberries and Bananas
Roasted Brussels Bowls with Spicy Sausage
Egg Roll Bowls
Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
Slow Cooker Loaded “Baked” Sweet Potatoes
While half of this book is explaining the nutrition plan and the other half is recipes, I highly recommend this cookbook! I first purchased the nutrition plan in college and it completely changed my perspective on food. I started understanding how my body used the food I eat to fuel itself, and that proper nutrition is more than just counting calories (or points). The recipes that come with the plan are also great! I’ve tried quite a huge chunk of them and while some are better than others, it’s definitely a great starting point for figuring out how to eat a healthy and balanced diet! They definitely love their #leancleangreen meals at TIU. : )
Meals to try:
Sweet Meadows Kale Salad
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
North Shore Garlic Shrimp
After falling in love with the Meals Made Simple cookbook, I decided to buy the original one in Danielle’s series. I wanted some more paleo recipes to mix things up (especially when I was doing Whole 30) and buying this cookbook was such a great idea! While they aren’t specifically “easy” recipes to make, I love the variety in this cookbook, especially when I feel like I’m in a food funk.
Meals to try:
Maple Sage Sausage with Cinnamon Apples
Braised Chicken in Artichoke-Mushroom Sauce
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Peach Streusel Coffee Cake
Soooo I haven’t officially used this cookbook yet (it’s preordered though and arriving April 24th!), but after going to Magnolia Table last week (the restaurant review is going live this Friday so keep an eye out for that) I cannot WAIT for it to get here. If the recipes in this cookbook are anything like the food I had at the restaurant, I know it’s going to be a hit in my house for years to come. And guys… their biscuit recipe is in this cookbook and I am SO EXCITED to try my hand at them. They were seriously live changing biscuits. ; )
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What is YOUR favorite cookbook?
Which one of these cookbooks looked best to you?
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