Best Cookbooks

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Whether you love cooking or not, cookbooks can help you put together a delicious and hassle-free dinner for your family or yourself. They are also great for gifting, especially on holidays. There are tons of cookbooks available right now, so it’s difficult to sort through everything to get the good ones. That’s why the list below will help you find the best cookbook you need for personal use or gifting. If you want to learn how to cook a French dish, or know the best way to put together a filling breakfast in 15 minutes, having one of the cookbooks below will certainly help.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vols. 1 & 2

 

Product Info
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)

It’s been forty years since the iconic chef Julia Child released her recipes first, and since then this cookbook has been the cookbook to have, especially if you want to try something different from regular casseroles. This classic cookbook contains 524 of Child’s famous recipes, suitable for suppers, dinners and special occasions. This book is well known for the detailed instructions it provides, so even beginners can try their hand at making a French dish. The recipes vary from fancy Gallic dishes to simple and easy ways to make the perfect spring-green peas. The book includes more than a hundred illustrations to make instructions clear. The recipes listed here are notable because Child goes to the length of even telling readers how to handle the raw ingredients the correct way, because it matters for the final creation. Also, classic French techniques have been modified and simplified to suit modern American kitchens. Child also gives tips about the best way to buy ingredients and where. This is definitely a must-have book for any serious kitchen.

The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook

 

Product Info
  • The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook 650 Recipes for Everything You ll Ever Want to Make
  • English (Publication Language)
  • America's Test Kitchen (Publisher)

If your family is just two people, it can be difficult to find good cookbooks with smaller portion recipes. This lovely cookbook aims to solve that problem. Authored by America’s Test Kitchen, an experimental kitchen located near Boston, this book reintroduced complicated classic recipes as meals for just two people. There are about 650 recipes listed with clear and easy to follow instructions. Though this cookbook scales down certain recipes, it’s not doing so by cutting recipes in half. It comprehensively re-engineers family meals into smaller portions by even considering thing like cooking times, equipment, and temperature adjustments. You will no longer have to guess these things when making smaller portions of larger meals like classic beef stew or lasagna. The recipes in this book include dinnertime meals, desserts, snacks and light meals. You can find wonderful instructions to make delicacies like fudgy brownies, fluffy yellow layer cake, pan seared rib eye steaks, and chicken saltimbocca for only two people.

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

 

Product Info
  • Cravings Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)

The author Chrissy Teigen is best known as a model. But she is also a cooking enthusiast, and this book contains her approach to making favorite and indulgent recipes healthily and with as little fuss as possible. The recipes are suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Teigen takes a humorous approach to writing about the food and instructions for making them. That makes the recipes less intimidating and the cookbook a lot of fun to read. Recipes are included for variety of spicy, salty and other dishes, including for the much Instagram-ed fried chicken with spicy honey butter meal. The dishes listed here are suitable for at-home dinners, parties, date nights and other events. Recipes come with useful cooking and life tips as well, such as the best way to make cheesy eggs without cheese, how bacon can be used as an indoor fragrance and why Brussels sprouts do not deserve over thinking just like men.

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook

 

Product Info
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)

This is an ostensibly modern take on cooking classic and contemporary dishes. It’s intended for young, urban cooks and interested parties who want innovative instructions on how to make dishes like grilled peach salsa. Brace yourself for some cursing, however. The writing is definitely not what you find in the usual cookbooks. The idea of the authors is not to offend anyone, but to make cooking more accessible to millennial audiences. (If anyone is offended by the word “thug” in the title, of this book it simply means taking a daring approach to trying something that has been done dozens of times before). If you are an aspiring home cook who is intimidated by classic recipes, this is a good book to have. The beginning goes “cooking vegetables takes a minute and a little finesse, but it’s not &%#* rocket science.” The authors go out of their way to make complicated recipes easy to simple for amateur chefs. Also, most recipes have been altered to suit modern American palates. Get ready to make dishes like roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos and pumpkin chili.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook

 

Product Info
  • Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)

This a full, book-length compilation of the recipes posted on the popular cooking blog Skinnytaste by Gina Homolka, one of America’s best known home cooks. The recipes focus on low-calorie dishes made with all-natural ingredients that are easy to find, and are all around very flavorful. This is a great cookbook to have for health-minded aspiring home chefs. Though there’s a good emphasis on avoiding fatty food, the recipes are not any less indulgent. You will find excellent instructions to make dishes like creamy fettuccini alfredo with chicken and broccoli for half the original calorie count. This cookbook also contains innovative recipes like Western omelet “muffins,” perfect for any quick breakfast or a filling lunch. The book does not overlook desserts, like double chocolate chip walnut cookies, which are largely free of butter and contain less sugar than in the usual recipes. Total number of recipes number to 150. About 25 of these are classic recipes and 125 are either original or modified recipes that are simply delightful to make.

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier

 

Product Info
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • William Morrow Cookbooks (Publisher)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and Food Network television show host, Ree Drummond, a.k.a. Pioneer Woman, is back with a brand-new cookbook!

The life of the Pioneer Woman has changed a lot over the last few years, including her kids growing up and starting to go to college. This has given her a chance to whip up new dishes that include colors, flavors, and textures that she’s currently a fan of!

This cookbook includes 112 new recipes, including breakfast, soups, sandwiches, suppers, sides, and desserts. The recipes use a variety of tools, including an Instant Pot and a Dutch oven. So, there’s sure to be a wide variety of recipes that suit you and the tools you have on-hand. Plus, this new cookbook includes dozens of low-carb options.

Some of the recipes inside this cookbook include:

  • Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
  • Fried Tomato Sandwich
  • Zucchini Caprese Sliders
  • Mean Green Mac and Cheese
  • Ice Cream Bonbons
  • Caramel Apple Quesadillas

You’ll be sure to find a ton of recipes in here to satisfy the entire family!

Quick Easy Recipes: 5 Ingredient Cookbook

 

Product Info
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • English (Publication Language)

Want no fuss meals? This is the ultimate cookbook to have for lazy or time-strapped home chefs. All recipes in this book are said to take 5 ingredients or less to make. If you are one of those home chefs who stay out of the kitchen because the recipes are complicated and the ingredients are hard to find, then this cookbook will help you get back in there are try something new for dinner. This book contains over 60 scrumptious recipes you can make with ingredients from the average supermarket. Each recipe includes step-by-step instructions that are very easy to follow. The authors have emphasized recipes that are easy to prepare in the morning or in the evening after a long day at work. You will get excellent recipes for classic American favorites like chicken salad, barbecue chicken legs, slow cooker cinnamon roll casserole, and French toast. Even certain complicated recipes, like for Italian bakes chicken, have been stripped down to the basics to make them easy to cook.

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Better Home Cooking Through Science

 

Product Info
  • The Food Lab Better Home Cooking Through Science
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)

This is a very scientific minded cookbook from a James Beard Award for General Cooking winner and a New York Times bestselling author. This is unlike any cookbook you probably have seen before. It’s upends a genre with a grand exploration of the science behind many popular American dishes. The book is in full-color and contains over 1,000 informative color photographs. If you have ever wondered exactly how to roast a turkey so the inside is moist and succulent, then this is the book to have. The methods listed in this book claim to be foolproof, and they are at astounding number of times. The instructions for recipes here delve into facts about cooking—like temperature and interactions with heat energy— that are largely overlooked in popular cookbooks. Most home chefs know that certain cooking instructions given for recipes don’t work. This cookbook investigated why and comes up with scientific and innovative ways to get the perfectly baked chicken or the tomato sauce.

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