Cookbooks have been around for decades, centuries even, inspiring us with new ideas, quick dinners and delicious deserts.
But convenience culture took over and now cookbooks are kind of on the back burner.
With Google and Pinterest at our finger tips, it’s easier to grab our phones and laptops to search for recipes instead of picking up a book and flipping through pages.
However, cookbooks are still very much a thing in my home, as well as magazines.
There’s something nostalgic about making a recipe from a book and that feeling of accomplishment that comes with the reveal of a successful homemade dish.
So many of us stare into computers, phones and TV’s for the majority of our days. Using a cookbook, even just a few days a week, is a great way to cut back on screen time and step away from distractions.
Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and enjoy these 7 cookbook recommendations from Amazon’s best-sellers list!

Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend

If you turn the internet frequently to find recipes or food inspiration I’m sure you’ve heard of Delish. Their recipes are simply targeted towards home cooks who like good food and are looking to try yummy recipes using classic ingredients.
There’s over 275 recipes in this book and you don’t even need to be a seasoned home cook to be able to recreate these dishes. You just need to love food!
Delish creates easy recipes that are perfect for anyone who is looking to step into the cooking world. They’re also really easy to follow, which can sometimes be a deal breaker for me if they aren’t laid out well. I don’t want to have to read through a recipe several times just to make it make sense.
Inside of this book you’ll find drinks, apps, dips, pizzas and more! This cook book is quirky and colorful and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to eat like every day’s the weekend!
You can click here to check out one of my favorite recipes from them.
Also, another reason I love buy books on Amazon if you can’t make it to the bookstore is that they still give you the option to take a look inside so don’t forget to check it out for yourself if you’re considering adding this book to your shelves.

Molly on the Range

Any fellow Food Network watchers out there?
Molly is one of my Food Network star favorites. Her show is fun and relaxing to watch and her recipes look delicious! One of my favorite parts about her cooking is that it’s Jewish and Chinese fusion.
Fusion recipes are when you take different culinary traditions or techniques and combine them into a single dish.
Molly likes to keep things real and doesn’t try to make anything too advanced or complicated. She grew up in Chicago, spent time in Brooklyn, built a food blog and now lives on a farm on the North Dakota – Minnesota border.
With her recipes you’ll find anything from Asian fusion finger foods, to Midwest casseroles, to intricately designed cakes and baked sweets!
Inside of Molly on the Range you can find a little more about her past and where she got to be where she is now, as well as all of her favorite recipes pilled together just for you. You’ll learn how to make dumplings, new age lunchables, pimento cheese babka and more!
If you’re looking to expand your culinary palette, this cookbook is a great start to finding new, delicious dishes.
Check out one of my favorite fresh side dishes from Molly!

Salt Fat Acid Heat

This one is more for the advanced home cook but will still absolutely take you on an amazing food journey. One of the reasons I love this book (and Netflix series) is that it takes cooking back to the basics.
Every good dish is made of up of salt, fat, acid and heat and it’s what keeps us going back for each bite. These four components are what makes our taste buds explode and help to create a well-rounded flavor.
Samin Nosrat is the chef who wrote this book and studied each of these elements and shared her food journey with the world.
Though Samin is a professional chef, she hopes that her studies of these four elements will help to bridge the gap between professional and home cooks.
If you’re still unsure of whether this book is for you, check out the limited series on Netflix which is visually pleasing and will leave your mouth watering and ready to get in the kitchen to whip up your next masterpiece.
Samin herself is a warm and vibrant person. Her excitement for food is contagious and after you finish the series I know you’ll be ready to tackle new recipes in no time.
Check out one of my favorite recipes from the show and in the book!

Southern Vegan

I couldn’t leave my vegan peeps out! I do, in fact, try to cook as many vegan meals at home as possible.
I actually found Southern Vegan through Pinterest. When I first started incorporating more vegan recipes into my diet, I stumbled across an account called Rabbits and Wolves and ended up pinning several of them to my recipes board to come back to whenever I was meal planning.
I’ve probably followed the account for years now and NONE of the recipes have ever disappointed me. I was excited to find out that Lauren, the brains behind it all, had published a book which brought me to Southern Vegan.
If you live a vegan lifestyle or are looking to get into it, this book is a fantastic place to start!
Something good to know is the recipes are easy to follow and manageable, which can be a concern for first time vegan cooks.
As a native southerner myself, it was nice to find vegan recipes that were super delicious without the repercussions of how my body reacts to meats and heavy dairy products.
Inside the book, Lauren covers everything from classic brunch recipes, to entrees, desserts and more!
I have so many recipes that I could recommend, but if I had to just give one, check out this one that I’ve made numerous times and I keep coming back for more.

Love Real Food

Love Real Food was found through another Pinterest account I follow that is run by a home cook named Kathryne Taylor. Kathryne created a food blog called Cookie and Kate where she shares her recipes that are focused on meatless eating for a healthier and happier belly.
One of the reasons I love her recipes so much is that my meatless journey also started because I wanted a happier belly and clearer mind. My intention with focusing on vegan eating was never to diet in the negative context it often receives, but to change my eating habits for a better and healthier life.
In this cook book you’ll find 100 recipes that are all meatless but still equally delicious. Don’t believe me?
Check out this recipe of her’s here which is one of my favorite salads to make!
Her cook book focuses on plant-based recipes that you’ll learn to know and love. Plus, many of the recipes in her book are completely new and are not on her blog!
Just another great reason to get back to books and cut out the screen time for dinner time.

The Love and Lemons Cookbook

Love and Lemons is yet another cookbook I found on Pinterest!
Can you tell where I spend a lot of my time?
Love and Lemons was written by food bloggers Jeanine and Jack. This cookbook is packed with vegetarian recipes that is organized from A to Z by both vegetables or fruits.
I think this is a really neat approach to a cookbook especially for those who like to stay organized. Their recipes are focused on cooking with what you have which I think can be really helpful for home cooks.
Sometimes it’s just easier to follow instructions step by step, but that can also take away the fun in food.
I can be pretty type-A in the kitchen and I love to follow the instructions. But in the moments where I just open the pantry or fridge and free-style a meal, more times than not they end up being some of our most favorite dishes.
Trust your instincts. You know what you’re doing! And if you need a little push, this cook book is packed full of inspiration and ideas to get you started!
Check out one of my favorite recipes of theirs here.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook

Last, but not least, you guessed it!
Another Pinterest find.
Half Baked Harvest started as a blog by Tieghan Gerard. She grew up in a family of seven children and took the art of cooking upon herself to help her dad out at the age of 15.
Tieghan soon after created her blog, Half Baked Harvest, and people from all over have fallen in love with her recipes.
Her Pinterest account was one of the first of many home chefs that I found myself visiting frequently for new ideas. I loved the rustic look of her plating, her phenomenal photography and her wide variety of recipes.
Many that I would cook before I started cutting meats and seafood out!
This cookbook is well-rounded and works for every type of home cook. Whether you’re looking for more health conscious recipes, indulgent delicacies or easy week night dinners, Half Baked Harvest has it all.
She covers everything from breakfast to snacks and apps and then breaks down larger dishes by grains, meat and meatless, and then to top it all off, dessert!
Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or you’re just getting started, Half Baked Harvest is a great inspiration for anyone who loves food.
Check out one of her delicious salmon recipes here!

Bring Books Back!

If you’ve been stuck in a cooking lull or if you’ve been pondering cook books but just weren’t sure which one was the right fit I hope that you found some inspiration from this list!
Cookbooks are a tradition as old as the 1700s but I hope it’s a tradition that is never lost.
As we evolve as people and as our tastes and trends change I know that cookbooks will change with it. All of these books are packed with fun ideas, a creative voice and tons of pictures!
Let me know if you check any of them out in the comments, I’d love to hear want you think.
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Remember to be brave in trying new things and always cook with a dash of love!
Until next time,
Haley | Creator of Haley’s Kitchen

6 Comments

  1. You are right that it is easy for everyone to go to Pinterest to look up a recipe. But we do like to use cookbooks still and have a knack for cooking with cookbooks. You said there is nothing like looking in the book and accomplishing that recipe that is right there in front of you.
    We are looking at the book and there are over 200 recipes to choose from.
    Cooking is our thing to do as a couple and with new recipes to choose from it makes it funnier, thanks for the new ideas to prepare for.

    Cheers,
    Mathew&Deloris

    1. Hi Mathew and Deloris,

      Exactly! And I do love Pinterest myself, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something different about using a cookbook and creating the recipe from paper. Something more satisfying. I love making notes in my cookbooks as well and hope to pass them down one day. I guess I could pass down my Pinterest boards, but it’s not the same haha!

      I trust all of these home cooks and chefs and have made many of their recipes. You definitely can’t go wrong. I’m glad to hear that you love cooking as a couple! It’s a super fun activity and it’s a great skill to learn. I always say the kitchen is the heart of the home. After all, every great recipe is made with love.

      Thanks so much,

      Haley

  2. Hey Haley,

    It’s great that I have came across this article because I have a friend who is a chef and he is writing his own cookbook, so he told me a couple of weeks ago. He would absolutely love this article and I think he would find some inspiration from it. So, I am going to share it with him and encourage him to comment and leave his thoughts.

    Half Baked Harvest looks like a great book. Since lockdown I haven’t had any meals like a half baked harvest. I need to learn how to make my own so if this happens again I don’t need to wait over a year for the restaurants to open 🙂

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom,

      That’s great! I hope to write my own one day as well. I think he would love many of the recipes from these cookbooks and he could find a lot of inspiration. I know I have!

      Half Baked Harvest is one of my favorites along with Southern Vegan. Both have fantastic recipes. My girlfriend and I have been cooking since we were both little, but we took the time during the pandemic to create more advanced recipes and even worked on perfecting our favorite takeout recipes so that we could start making them from home!

      We’ve perfect yellow Thai curry, fried rice and more! Pad Thai is next on my list haha! But many of these home cooks helped us get there. You should definitely check them out!

      Thanks so much,

      Haley

  3. I love this! All of the cookbooks look amazing and you have shared it all so nicely. I know I will be getting one of these books very soon.

    1. Hi Alyse,

      Please let me know which one you end up deciding on! I’d love to hear feedback from you on what you think and what your favorite recipes are!

      Thanks so much,

      Haley

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