My Favorite Cookbooks for All Levels of Cooking

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Cookbooks are one of my favorite things. I love to look through the pictures and see the progression of breakfast to dessert to the extras that truly make the dish like sauces. When looking for a recipe, it is often more time and cost effective to make a quick Google search, but there is something therapeutic about flipping through the pages of my favorite cookbooks to find the perfect recipe for any occasion from a wedding anniversary to a random Tuesday night. Below, I have listed and linked some of my go-tos. These have recipes that are fool-proof and some that I am still working to master as well as the ultra healthy to some sweet indulgences. Enjoy!

Clean Green Eats by Candice Kumai

Candice Kumai has been named “the golden girl of wellness” and for good reason. She is a classically trained chef that is constantly advocating for self care. Her cookbooks have evolved pretty covers and delicious recipes to knowledge powerhouses that teach readers how to actually live a healthy lifestyle. Clean Green Eats has a Japanese flair (Candice has a Japanese heritage) with accessible recipes for the novice to the experienced chef. She does use some ingredients that might be hard to find at a supermarket. When using her recipes, make sure you have everything a few days in advance to give you time to check out a specialty shop or order online.

It’s All Good by Gweneth Paltrow

Similar to Candice Kumai’s books, Gweneth Paltrow seeks to not only provide amazing recipes but also a plethora of knowledge. Her books have things like pantry overhauls and information on an elimination diet. She shares her history of panic attacks and fatigue to relate to her readers. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look more like Gweneth Paltrow

Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat by Crissy Tiegan

Crissy’s recipes taste better than what you might expect a trim model to eat. Most of her recipes are traditional American food, but she does include some from her Korean heritage.

Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore

These pages are filled with the prettiest pictures of fantastic recipes. Inspired by the Food52 philosophy of eating real food, these recipes are filled with a real love of cooking. They have added to their series to include a separate books on meal planning,  baking, and vegan food.

Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

This is the coolest book I own. The author comes from a family of scientist and gives a scientific breakdown of the chemical reactions happening as we cook our food. It might sound boring but all of my best meals have come from this cookbook.

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