Cooking means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people cook when they have to, some when they need to, and others because they love to. Whether you are just starting to dabble in the kitchen or a seasoned pro, these cookbooks belong in everyone’s kitchen collection:
Written by celebrity chef Rachel Ray, this cookbook includes a diverse variety of foods including, Italian, Mexican, Cuban, Chinese, Thai, Indian and many, many more. The cookbook also offers a variety of recipes that do not include any sort of meats, and several that call for seafood. This cookbook is equipped with many variations of food to meet the approval of anyone’s taste buds. Many of the recipes in the book call for simple preparation, and cook times are fast and efficient to cater to the lives of just about anyone.
This cookbook is compiled of great classic recipes as well as tips for beginners in time preparation, preparing and storing foods, and how different techniques can alter the consistency of your foods, among many other useful tidbits of information. The recipes in this book are easy reads, sorted by main ingredients and color coordinated so that it is also easy to navigate through and find exactly what you are looking for. In addition, also included in the recipes, are the calorie and fat counts and sodium and carbohydrate levels, as well as other nutritional information.
Written by Betty Crocker, this cookbook offers a large helping of simple and introductory recipes, to more advanced recipes, and everything in between. The instructions are clear and descriptive, the ingredients needed are common, and the pictures and graphics offer better understanding of the text. Aside from the many recipes, this cookbook also offers valuable and helpful information in the kitchen such as how to pick fresh vegetables, how to buy meat, and the basics about the foods you are using.
Written by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks is composed of the recipes of Southern cooking and provides photos with each step to supplement the text, and to avoid any confusion in the process. This cookbook covers favorites such as Chicken Fried Steaks and Rib Eye Steaks to pizzas, dips, and soups. Drummond offers meal recipes for a family or for smaller portions while also throwing in some of her personal life and charm into this cookbook.
Written by the editors of Cooks Illustrated, The Best New Recipe aims at providing readers with the best recipe for each food item in the book. The authors of the book have attempted several recipes for each dish over and over again and found what methods worked best with what dishes and they are shared in this book. The recipes are written step by step, simple enough for a starter in the kitchen to understand, and complimented with photos and illustrations. The book also includes tips for cooking and techniques that don’t work and why.
Written by Ina Garten and Martha Stewart, this cookbook follows every step of the way, in detail in preparing, cooking, and presenting your recipes. This cookbook covers from soups and starters to main courses and desserts while sharing personal anecdotes and stories with the readers. The book is also equipped with ideas and pointers on how to prepare and host dinner and cocktail parties.
Compiled by Lisa Lillien, Hungry Girl is made up of a variety of foods that offer lower calorie counts for healthier eating. Most of the recipes in the book offer imitations of popular restaurant favorites at a fraction of the calorie intake. Many of the meal recipes included call for ingredients that can be found in your local grocery store and are, for the most part, inexpensive. The cookbook is easy to read and navigate through, as the sections are broken down from breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to specific chapters on specific foods.
Written by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck, this cookbook covers both beginner recipes as well as more complex recipes, so it is good for all levels of cooks. The recipes are very detailed and explained so readers should not find themselves questioning anything about ingredients, preparations or technique. While offering and explaining great recipes, this book also offers suggestions to accompany each dish, such as which wine it should be paired with.
Compiled by Dawn Ranck, this cookbook focuses more on the slow cookers concept, but can also be achieved using stovetops or ovens. This book offers a variety of recipes from people all across the country, with easy to follow steps. The ideal recipe in this book calls for a crock pot and simple and inexpensive ingredients.
Written by Isa Moskowitz and Terrt Romero, Veganomicon caters to those who are Vegan. While offering a variety of different Vegan dishes, this cookbook also explains how to cut and prepare certain fruits and vegetables, and has soups and starters to main courses and desserts. This cookbook also has a diverse range of recipes for Mexican, Asian, French and a variety of other dishes, complete with photos, and even a “Mix & Match” section for those who want a little bit of everything.