If you’re a twenty-something year old like I am, you know the struggles of cooking dinner. After a long day of classes or work, you drag yourself home and it feels like the easy option to order food or heat up something frozen while you catch up on your favorite Netflix series, believe me I know the struggle. But the easy option isn’t always healthy or rewarding. Sometimes, all we need to pull us out of our frozen-dinner-coma are some really good recipes that make us excited to go home and cook.
Cooking should be enjoyed and looked at as an accomplishment. Plus, if you cook with a roommate, friend, or family member, it can make the activity of cooking and eating much more fun and memorable. These are my top cookbooks that I really think anyone would love and are my personal favorites. The recipes are delicious and not too difficult and the books themselves are beautiful to flip through. I suggest bookmarking a few favorites on the weekend, taking pics of the recipes on your phone (or writing a good old-fashioned ingredient list) before heading to the grocery store.
1. Cravings by Chrissy Teigan: Written by the very beautiful and funny Chrissy Teigan, her book truly will give you cravings to make just about everything in this collection. You definitely won’t find anything bland or boring. Her recipes range from Sesame Chicken Noodles (addicting, watch out!) to Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers to Fried Chicken wings with spicy honey butter. Her personality really shines through in this book, which makes it entertaining and actually quite funny
2. Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh: The author, Molly, is one of the best food bloggers I’ve ever stumbled upon. Her cookbook is filled with unique and delicious recipes, as well as snip bits about her adventures of life on a farm…not to mention a lot of #KitchenEnvy. From Challah waffles and Honey Ricotta Blintzes with Caramelized Onions to Gruyere Mac and Cheese… each recipe is better than the next!
3. The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio: Love and Lemons is another cookbook I discovered through their blog. I love this cookbook (and blog) for a few reasons. A: All of their recipes are vegetarian, usually healthy, and delicious! B: The recipes are always made with fresh ingredients and C: Every picture is so aesthetically pleasing!
4. Kayla Itsines 28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide by Kayla Itsines: For those of you who aren’t aware, Kayla Itsines is an awesome fitness guru. Her Bikini Girl Body program has proven amazing results (just ask her 6.4 million instagram followers!) In her workout app, you can view weekly recipes and workouts. However, this guide gives you all of that in a bright and colorful cookbook. This book seriously inspires me to eat healthier and try her new workouts weekly because I keep reusing them!
5. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson: The Forest Feast is the must-have cookbook I know you’ve seen floating around Anthropologie. It has so many amazing and delicious vegetarian recipes ranging from roasted veggie gnocchi to rosemary shortbread. This book is also a pleasure to read. Every last detail from the color schemes to the handwritten recipes makes one to proudly display.
What cookbooks do you use? We would love to hear, let us know in the comments below!