National Book Lovers Day: My Favorite Cookbooks

Happy National Book Lovers Day! That’s right, today is a national holiday that everyone should celebrate. Whether you’re a fan of mystery, thrillers, sci-fi, or historical fiction, there’s a book for you… Or if you’re like me, a lover of all things food, there’s even a [cook]book for you! Everyone should celebrate National Book Lovers day.

In honor of the holiday, I want to share my top 6 FAVORITE cook books. I use cookbooks for different purposes, sometimes to cook a recipe exactly as outlined, sometimes for inspiration, other times just for the writing and pictures, and in some cases just out of pure enjoyment.

I have a LOT of cookbooks, some I’ve never even cooked from, BUT here are my current top 6! I encourage you to check them out.

#1: Americas Test Kitchen The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

Why I Like It: Where do I begin? Well, first of all, my sister and brother-in-law gifted me this book right after I got engaged. I love any cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen and I would highly recommend any of their books. The reason why this one is my favorites is because all recipes are only TWO servings. Most recipe books are for four or more people. Because I like having something different for dinner every day and because we don’t take leftovers to work very often, this is a perfect book for a family of two. The recipes are test kitchen evaluated to perfection. Hands down, my favorite cookbook.

My Favorite Recipe: Kung Pao Shrimp

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9781936493838

#2: Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home

Why I Like It: This is yet another cookbook that was gifted to me and it is one of my favorite gifts. This cookbook has 52 quick FULL menus that are divided into seasons. Recipes that incorporate fresh ingredients that are available in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each menu has at least a main dish, side and dessert. It also shares a preparation schedule for each menu item so that your entire meal comes together easily. I recommend this book for people who have trouble bringing together an entire meal or those that want great menus for dinner parties.

My Favorite Recipe: Fall Menu #11 – Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples and Onion, Shaved Fennel-Celery Salad, Mustard Mashed Potatoes, Maple Custards

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9780307396457

#3: Chelsea Market Cookbook

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Why I Like It: This cookbook was actually a gifted to me by a coworker a few years back. This book is one of my favorite because they are recipes created by some of the best chefs in America. These recipes are ones you can find being cooked at New York’s premier indoor food hall, Chelsea Market. I can’t say that these are “easy to make” or “simple finds” but I can promise that every single recipe is not only perfect looking, but amazing to eat.

Favorite Recipe: Thai Chicken with Holy Basil (Pad Gra Prow)

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9781617690372

#4: The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

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Why I Like It: This New York Times Best Seller is once my favorite books on my shelf. My husband loves the show Bob’s Burgers. I’ll admit it, I like the show as well. I’ve always been hesitant to watch “adult animation”shows, but this show is one of the good ones. I like this cookbook because it’s cute and funny. You can watch the show and make burgers from the episodes. The hamburger is tied as my #1 favorite food (along with pizza) so I love that this book is nothing but burgers.

Favorite Recipe: The Garden of Eden (Edumb) Burger

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9780789331144

#5: Table Life: Savoring the Hospitality of Jesus in Your Home

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Why I Like It: I am a HUGE fan of hospitality. Not just having people to my house and providing them with a meal, but also making sure my guests feel special and welcome. This cookbook is more than just recipes. Table Life is a book about transforming the meaning of what “the table” really means. This book shares practical applications about life, but also shares a some great recipes for entertaining.

Favorite Recipe: Wedding Punch Slush

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9781592984534

#6: Moleskine Passion Journal – Recipe

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Why I Like it: Although it’s “technically” not a cookbook. It IS a book and it’s my own personal cookbook. This recipe journal has has pages outlined specifically for recipe creators and food lovers to create their own recipes.

Favorite Recipe: All of them, because they’re my own

Where to Buy:

ISBN: 9788862933155


15 responses to “National Book Lovers Day: My Favorite Cookbooks”

  1. There’s some really good options here! I have a lot of cookbooks myself too, but since you mentioned that the first one was a gift, I thought about my bestfriend who’s getting married soon! This would definitely be a great gift idea!

  2. Whoa, I didn’t know about the Moleskine Passion Journal! That looks amazing and I love the idea! I usually don’t have any cookbooks around, but as it’s technically not really a cookbook I can probably make an exception. 😉

  3. I like the Bobs Burger cookbook! My grandmother gives me a new cookbook every year for Christmas! I’d love to mention this to her!

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