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5 Cookbooks You Need In Your Kitchen

No need to be bored in the kitchen this year! These 5 cookbooks deserve a spot on your shelves, not only for their recipes but also the exquisite photography and insightful cooking advice. If you are going to try one new cookbook this year, we suggest selecting one of these award–winning options.

General Cooking

Eat in my Kitchen: To Cook, To Bake, To Eat, and To Treat by Meike Peters

Meike Peters, the writer behind the cooking blog, Eat In My Kitchen, came out with this cookbook in 2016, which went on to win a 2017 James Beard award. It features 100 recipes, beautiful imagery (taken by the author herself) and comes in 2 languages: English and German. Recipes in the book include:

  • Pumpkin Gnocchi
  • Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup with Camelized Plums
  • Braised Lamb Shanks with Kumquats
  • Lime Buttermilk Cake

 Buy: $26.31


The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook by Salma Hage

This cookbook (also a 2017 James Beard winner) features a collection of vegetarian dishes inspired by middle eastern flavors. You will find 150 recipes featuring veggies, fruits, herbs, spices, grains and legumes. Recipes in the book include:

  • Pistacho Walnut Halva
  • Buckwheat and Fava Bean Salad

 Buy: $26.01

Cooking Made Simple

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering The Elements Of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

If you have ever wanted to take a masterclass on cooking, you can now save your money and just buy this cookbook instead. It is a bit of a departure from a traditional cookbook and includes words to live by and a lesson on kitchen basics. It includes over 100 recipes, with lots of illustrations and infographics to help guide you. This is one cookbook that you will actually use, for years and years to come. Recipes in the book include:

  • Caesar Salad (or an exercise in the art of layering salt
  • Avocado, beet and citrus salad

 Buy: $23.79


Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia: Joe Beddia

The ultimate guide to cooking pizza at home, from the chef who has been said to “make the best Pizza in America.” With over 50 recipes, you will learn about dough, sauce, cheese and even the pizza–making process. Recipes in the book include:

  • Bintje Potato with Cream and Rosemary
  • Collard Greens with Bacon and Cream
  • Roasted Corn with Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Basil
  • Breakfast Pizza with Cream, Spinach, Bacon, and Eggs

 Buy: $19.46

Cooking for Busy People

5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver  

For those of us always on the go, this is the cookbook we need. Easy to use, featuring an ingredient guide, serving sizes, timing, and even nutritional information, this cookbook features 150 recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less.  Recipes in the book include:

  • Sizzling Seared Scallops
  • Epic Rib–eye Steak
  • Almond Pastry Puff

 Buy: $26.53

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