I’m always looking at new cookbooks and in my dream kitchen would have a separate library (and sitting room) for them like Ina Garten. I recently discovered checking out e-books from the library, and have been looking at several I’d love to add to my permanent collection. I’m a minimalist when it comes to kitchen appliances, partly because we have a small kitchen, and mainly because the thought of more to clean after meal prep is pretty much the last thing I want to do. But cookbooks, can never have too many of those.
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion
This cookbook includes grain free and dairy free recipes for a year’s worth of holidays and seasonal celebrations – there are plenty of kid-friendly recipes, holiday sweets, and party foods like sweet and sour meatballs. It’s kind of hard to not want to make it all!
The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen
There’s something about the lack of pictures and handwritten style of the recipes that’s always made this book so appealing and comforting to me. I recently made the Minestrone Soup and it couldn’t have been easier, and more delicious. The cool thing about the soups is they all were tested with water instead of stock, which makes them even easier to throw together mid-week. I was first introduced to these cookbooks from a nutritionist I worked with in college. Moosewood is a vegetarian restaurant that’s been around since 1963 in Ithaca, New York — many of the cookbook recipes are pretty easy to adapt to gluten-free and dairy-free. SIDENOTE: If you’re looking for an inspiring follow on Facebook, Mollie Katzen, is a great add!
Kitchen Matters by Pamela Salzman
OK, I own this one, and it’s been the best cookbook I’ve read/used in a long time. Almost all the recipes have tasted great, and they’re all very easy to put together. I discovered her through some rabbit hole I was down on Instagram one day, and I’m glad I found her. My favorite recipes are the Chicken Shawarma, Slow Cooker Burrito Bowl Chicken, and Chocolate Zucchini brownies. The main reason I’ve never like cooking chicken is because I’m horrible at it…until this cookbook. The two chicken recipes I’ve tried have resulted in perfectly cooked chicken almost every time. Many recipes also feature tips to accommodate dietary restrictions. Her website is awesome too, and every week she writes a Dinner Planner for the week. Her approach has helped me cut down on our food budget, find recipes our whole family can enjoy, and inspire me to try new ways to be organized about the week. DREAM = taking one of her LA-based cooking classes.
Feeding a Family: A Real-Life Plan for Making Dinner Work by Sarah Waldman
I found this cookbook while searching library books, and it’s such a cool format – organized by Season, and every recipe includes a way to adapt it for a baby to enjoy as well. What a great way to make meal prep easier! We’ve tried the Autumn Meatballs and Butternut Squash Casserole – both were delicious! I adapted both for gluten free, dairy free – they weren’t perfect when tweaked, but the flavors were incredible; especially, the Butternut Squash Casserole.
Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen
I love her earlier cookbook Small Victories for its easy recipes and ways to alter them to be even simpler than they start, not to mention most of the dishes include basic ingredients. I keep seeing this new cookbook of hers pop up in my feeds, and I’m so curious about the recipes and the content – from what I can tell it seems like an all around inspiring win.
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes by Gina Homolka
One of the best cookbooks out there because the recipes are easy and contrary to the title, you don’t have to own a slow cooker to make the recipes. Within the first few pages, she includes a chart of how to make all slow cooker recipes on the stovetop or with a dutch oven. We’ve had the Chicken Pumpkin Chili, Taco Chili and Teriyaki Chicken (adapted with Coconut Aminos). All are really delicious, super easy, and feel like an indulgence without splurging. Though I’ve yet to own this cookbook, I’ve looked through it at the bookstore and it has beautiful pictures and the format is easy to follow (even includes markings if the recipe adapts to dietary restrictions). I have her first cookbook, and this one is drastically better – the recipes are easier and more appealing.