Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Favorite Cookbooks


One of my favorite things to do is cook.  I'll be honest and say that I don't always love it on busy weeknights, but when I have the chance to slow down and take my time and prepare a delicious meal - bonus if it's for friends + family joining us - I really enjoy myself.  

While Pinterest is always an amazing source of inspiration and I've found some of my favorite recipes there, I still love a good old school cookbook.  I've raved about this one before (as you can see in this post!), but I wanted to share a few additional favorites.  These can all be found living in my kitchen, full of stains from cooking and tons of drool worthy recipes.


Two In The Kitchen | Starting with the fanciest :) This was a wedding gift a couple of years ago and it's perfect for that because it's a beautiful hard cover book.  While most of these aren't weeknight recipes, it's for more of a stay-home-and-cook date night.  The pictures are gorgeous and I love that the book includes lots of entertaining tips - everything from how to stock a bar to how to gain confidence in the kitchen.  

Martha Stewart's Appetizers | I picked this up because I feel like I'm always looking for new appetizers to bring to get-togethers and this cookbook hasn't disappointed.  There are 200 delicious finger food recipes and 30 drink recipes included and they're all decently easy.  Just do yourself a favor and buy this book if only to make the caramelized onion and bacon dip - SO GOOD. 

The Skinnytaste Cookbook | I think we're all familiar with Gina's amazing blog, but I feel that the book is worth the purchase, too.  There are 125 recipes that are exclusive to the book and 25 all time favorites from the blog.  My favorite part is that they're all low calorie... that don't taste low calorie at all - win win.   I will say some recipes do require more prep than others, but it's worth it.  I haven't made a bad meal from this book yet! 

100 Pizzas From 1 Easy Recipe | Because who doesn't love pizza?!  I picked this up on a whim from World Market one night because we have naan bread pizza's about once a week and I was bored of the same old toppings.  While I don't use the dough recipe (I really do need to try that), I get a lot of inspiration from the different topping combinations.  Like I never would have thought to do an Asian shrimp pizza before, but it's a new favorite.  It's on major sale right now, so why not grab it and step up your pizza game :)

What are your favorite cookbooks?  I've got this one and this one sitting in my cart right now - can't wait to get them and dig in, I've heard such good things!
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23 comments

  1. Love the Skinny Taste cookbook! And 100 Pizzas?!? Sold! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I don't have any of these but the two in the kitchen looks like a fun one!! I really love the Giada happy cooking book!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I love Skinny Taste recipes so I can imagine the cookbook is full of even more great recipes! I like the date night cookbook idea

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  4. Love the Skinny Taste book, but my favorites are the Ree Drummond cookbooks... not the healthiest recipes, but so homey and the photographs in it are gorgeous!

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  5. I really need to get some more cookbooks! I usually just rely on Pinterest for my recipes but at some point, I need to venture out!

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  6. I definitely need to invest in more cookbooks -- I have recipe cards from my grandmother and use Pinterest but that's really it!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I need a few to kee me cooking once I'm home with baby and get into some sort of routine. I'd love to be able to provide more home cooked meals for my husband. Right now we get home so late from work it's not very often we cook at home big yummy meals. Xo

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  8. The appetizer one is a great idea - I'm always needing something easy to take to people's houses or for a Bible study.

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  9. I can't wait to have a big ole kitchen where I can fully utilize my cookbooks. Martha Stewart is always my favorite go to!

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  10. Oh fun! I love cookbooks! :) The pizza one and Skinny taste might be worth my while...

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  11. Skinnytaste never fails! I haven't checked out any of the other ones before, but the pizza one sounds like something I need!

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  12. I'll have to check out all of these. I love to own cookbooks but I confess that I'm not very good about using them. I need to get better about that! We're great about meal planning before grocery shopping - maybe I should make it a goal to choose one recipe a week from one of my plentiful cookbooks!

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  13. There are so many Skinnytaste recipes I love! I am so bad about forgetting my cookbooks these days (thanks Pinterest), but I really need to get back into them since those recipes are oftentimes better!

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  14. I love using cookbooks too! Skinnytaste is one of my favorites! I also have The Soup Bible which gets lotsss of use in the cold, winter months :)

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  15. LOVE this post - I definitely need to pick up the Martha Stewart one, I'm always looking for new appetizer recipes. Skinnytaste also is one of my favorites, and I always reach for the Pioneer Woman's holiday cookbook.

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  16. I'll have to check out Skinnytaste! Also, I love pizza.

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  17. I love the SkinnyTaste blog so I should totally check out her cookbook! Thanks for these recommendations. :)

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  18. I need to get that two in the kitchen book-I still think it's hard to cook for two without a bunch of leftovers!

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  19. 100 pizza recipes? Count me in! I agree, as much as I love pinterest for recipes, sometimes I just need to open up a good ol' cookbook! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

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  20. I couldn't agree more. While I love Pinterst, my cookbook collection is my favorite thing! I've been eyeing skinny taste and think I need to get my hands on it. I would recommend any of Gwenyth Paltrow's cookbooks and also I love Endless Summer by Katie Joel.

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  21. my favourite cookbook right now is the budget bytes one - i really want to check out the skinny taste one. i love a good old fashioned cookbook over pinterest sometimes, especially for more simple recipes. i feel like everything these days is way too fancy for me and i'm just like excuse me, i don't know how to boil an egg, calm down.

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  22. I'm totally checking out Two in the Kitchen! My favorites are all of my Cooking Light books, and then Food Lab is the new fav!

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