I can’t help myself.
I have a problem. A serious problem. I am addicted to cookbooks. I have a pile of them in nearly every room in my house, a book case filled with them, and an Amazon shopping cart which usually has a cookbook or 2 in it.
Kevin has to usher me away from the book section in every store we go to, and tries to avoid Chapters like the plague!
I have so many. And I keep ordering and buying them.
I can’t help myself.
But since I like you guys, here’s my top 10 cookbooks to have for a healthy kitchen (in no particular order):
These first two are more of a experimentation helper than cookbook. I absolutely love to have a reference for flavour pairings, I am often using some ingredient that I’d love to combine with others in a unique way. These two books help me to create those unique combinations, while keeping things edible!
I own quite a few vegan cookbooks, I continue to buy them, even though I’m not a real vegan. I still eat meat, but I really love how creative many of these vegan recipes are. They go beyond the salad. They create luxurious dishes with ingredients that I would have never assumed. Highly recommend at least one vegan cookbook on your shelf.
These last few are all totally gluten free, totally dairy free, and all but Deliciously Ella are mostly grain free. I love these books, and I reference them a lot. Because these books are devoid of many common cooking ingredients, they have interesting way of putting ingredients together to overcome the lack of dairy, grains, refined sugar etc.
Each book in this group has it’s own niche. Deliciously Ella is a fantastic all around cookbook. Whole 30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox are when I’m extra hardcore on eating well – these books don’t mess around, no added sugar – of any kind, and Whole 30 doesn’t allow “crutches”. Against The Grain – when I’m eating completely grain free, Danielle Walker has fantastic recipes to keep me feeling like I’m not missing out on life completely.
This list is far from exhaustive, but they’ve helped me a lot along the way! I’d love to hear your favourites too!