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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!