I love trying new recipes, which means I have a large cookbook collection. These are my all-time favorites–the ones I go back to again and again. And they’re covered in the telltale smudges and hand-written notes to prove it!
Everyday Food, Great Food Fast (Martha Stewart): One of my favorite cookbook’s of all time! Almost every recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes using fresh, in-season ingredients. This is a cookbook you’ll never get tired of using. Favorites include the Easy Cashew Chicken and Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce.
Everyday Pasta (Giada De Laurentiis): This is my go-to cookbook for basic Italian pasta recipes. The chicken tetrazzini is the best I’ve ever had. I love that so many of the recipes are family favorites that the author ate growing up. If you’re looking for some simple yet authentic Italian pasta recipes, I highly recommend this cookbook.
Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust (Ina Garten): As far as I’m concerned, all of Ina Garten’s recipes are foolproof. I have several of her cookbooks, but this is the one I use most often. It’s got everything from main dishes to desserts, and a meatloaf recipe that gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it. This is a cookbook everyone should have in their collection!
The Modern Family Cookbook: Whether or not you’re a fan of the t.v. show, you need this cookbook! Every cast member shares recipes that were also shared on the show, like Claire’s Crunchy Surprise Sandwich or Cam’s Baked Wonton Crisps. Luke and Phil’s Doughnut Waffle Sundays are reason enough to buy this cookbook.
Good Eats (Alton Brown): I own all three cookbooks in this series, The Early Years, the Middle Years and the Later Years. If you were a fan of Alton Brown’s show on Food Network, you’re going to love these cookbooks. Not only are the recipes great, the books are filled with all kinds of fun food facts and science, as well as programming notes from the show.
The Best Skillet Recipes (Cook’s Illustrated): If you hate doing dishes, there’s nothing better than a one-pot meal, and this collection of skillet recipes covers all the bases, from dinner to dessert. Their tuna casserole recipe is the only one I’ll make! And I love all the tips and recommendations throughout the book.
The Good Housekeeping Cookbook (125th Anniversary Edition): This is as much a reference book as it is a cookbook. If you can’t find a recipe in here (with over 1,200 to choose from), then you probably don’t need it! In addition to all the delicious recipes, this cookbook features helpful information on kitchen safety, cooking equipment, and all the substitution and conversion charts you’ll ever need.
Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and Share: Yes, it’s an entire cookbook filled with nothing but cookie recipes! The recipes are organized by texture, such as Rich and Dense, Soft and Chewy, and Crisp and Crunchy, so it’s easy to find exactly the kind of cookie you’re craving. I highly recommend the Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies!
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