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The Best Cookbooks You Need In Your Kitchen:
Here's the thing, a new cookbook hits the shelf daily so how do you know which ones are worth picking up? As a foodie, I could never say no to trying out a cookbook but I am picky about which ones I purchase. The best baking books should be covered in flour from being repeatedly used - every good chef knows that. Moreover no recipe should ever cause us to spend hours in a kitchen only to leave us disappointed. Instead, we should be taught something new, something that sticks with us in the years to come. That's where these cookbooks come in, they're the ones I turn to over and over.
1. Cooking for Dummies - A Reference for the Rest of Us, by Bryan Miller and Marie Rami If you're a beginner, this book will be a lifesaver! While the cookbook isn't anything special - the recipes are very basic - it will help grow your curiosity to learn new techniques and try new flavors. The recipe for Southwestern Chili is always a crowd pleaser!
2. "I Don't Know How to Cook" Book: 300 Great Recipes You Can't Mess Up!, by Mary-Lane Kamberg Food isn't something you can really mess up, every beginner knows that. Although you can mess up the recipe, leaving out ingredients or adding too much salt to the soup, this cookbook makes you feel like Superman in the kitchen. You can do no wrong. What's nice about Kamberg's recipes is that there are different levels of difficulty and she includes many simple twists on well-known dishes.
3. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, by Ina Garten Name a bigger chef out there right now than Ina Garten, I'll wait. Her recipes are indispensable! They're all so flawless and always come out as pretty as a picture, and yes, they taste beyond delicious. Don't be surprised if you're always turning to her cookbook to whip up breakfast, lunch and dinner.
4. But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner, by Kristy Turner Kristy Turner is a blogger and author who knows exactly what she's doing in the kitchen. And best of all, each recipe executes a flavor-packed punch when it comes to vegan recipes. Her book sums it up best, "If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)"
5. Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen, by Kathy Patalsky This cookbook boasts of over 200 vegan recipes that you just HAVE to try! Its hard to believe that some of Patalsky's recipes are vegan considering just how tasty they are but alas, it's true! You don't have to sacrifice taste when making vegan food and this book is proof of that.
6. The Veginner's Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious, by Bianca Haun and Sascha Naderer As far as cookbooks go, this is one I turn to the most. It's the perfect book for those transitioning to a vegan diet and want to learn more. Bianca and Sascha said it best, "Vegan cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or time intensive to make easy, delicious, homemade food that anyone can enjoy!"
7. Hip Kosher: 175 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes for Today's Kosher Cooks, by Ronnie Fein As far as kosher cookbooks go, Ronnie Fein offers a refreshing contemporary take on kosher cuisine. All of his recipes are fresh, healthy, delicious and accessible which is exactly what you want when you're attempting to whip up the ultimate kosher meal.
These are just 7 cookbooks you can keep in your kitchen, but trust me, this list could be a mile long! Cookbooks often help get us out of those annoying "What in the world can I make now?" situations. And if you haven't been using cookbooks to help you out in a pinch, you're missing out. Seriously, sometimes you just need a new recipe to spice up what you feed your family because they can be your toughest audience! Besides, it's always nice to try something new and the experts know what they're talking about.
I hope these cookbooks will help you out the next time you're in need of a new recipe, otherwise you can always visit my blog (Renana, include link to your blog) for inspiration!