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Best Cookbooks for the Home Chef

The key to cooking healthy meals at home is finding the right recipes. You don’t necessarily need to try something new every night. If you find a handful of meals that you love, it’s much easier to stick to a healthy and well-balanced diet.

To help you out, I’ve rounded up a selection of the top ten must-have cookbooks. There is something for everyone in these delicious guides to healthy cooking.

Top 10 Best Cookbooks

  1. The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

At the top of my kitchen reading list is this Mediterranean cookbook. If you’re not familiar with Mediterranean cooking, it involves a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, and whole grains. Following a Mediterranean-style diet is considered beneficial for your heart health.

  1. Trim, Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

Trim, Healthy Mama Cookbook is the companion cookbook for the Trim, Healthy Mama Plan. With this plan, you eat every three hours and separate carbs and fats. However, you don’t need to follow the diet to enjoy the tasty recipes in this cookbook.

  1. Clean Cooking by Elisabeth Johansson

If you’re trying to cut out the gluten, dairy, and sugar, you may struggle to find delicious recipes. This cookbook has you covered. Inside you will find more than 100 recipes that are completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.

  1. Easy. Whole. Vegan. by Melissa King

Following a vegan lifestyle is also challenging. When you don’t use milk, butter, or dairy, it can be hard to find ways to prepare tasty desserts for the whole family. With this cookbook, you get 100 simple vegan recipes that even your children will love.

  1. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker

If you’re interested in the Paleo diet, you should check out this next cookbook. The cookbook is not specifically made for the Paleo diet, it includes grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes that are perfect for the diet. It’s also full of recipes for special occasions and holidays.

  1. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

This is the book to read if you want to understand the correct techniques for cooking the perfect dish. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is full of lessons that will teach you how to be an awesome chef.

  1. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen by Alexis Kornblum Davidson

With 150 Paleo-friendly recipes, this next cookbook helps you cut the sugar and processed foods out of your life. It’s full of tasty options that cover some of the most common Paleo recipes along with a few original ideas to help make Paleo dieting a little more interesting.

  1. Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells

With 200 simple, easy-to-follow recipes, you’ll never run out of ideas in the kitchen. The book is also full of helpful time-saving suggestions and advice so you can spend less time preparing food and more time enjoying it.

  1. Spiralize It!: Creative Spiralizer Recipes for Every Type of Eater by Kenzie Swanhart

This cookbook is entirely devoted to using the spiralizer. It’s a simple tool for turning veggies into thin strands or faux noodles. With this cookbook, you can learn how to prepare tons of different vegetable-based dishes that utilize the spiralizer.

  1. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook by Deb Perelman

This book is all about stepping outside of the box when it comes to cooking. Why not throw asparagus onto a pizza or make cheddar rolls that mimic cinnamon rolls. The Smitten Kitchen is a collection of recipes that will make your mouth drool and your stomach happy.