Let's Talk Cookbooks – What's your favourite/must have?

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I like to get cookbooks from the library, because then I can browse through, look at the pictures, and see if I like the recipes…without having to worry about spending money on them and storing them.

As far as ones we own: Joy of Cooking (I like it because it has basic information and methods of preparation) and then Julia Child’s the Art of French Cooking.  Honestly the latter was a wedding present and while it was fun to read, I’ve never made anything from it.  

My mom has a book called the Vegetarian Epicure that has awesome recipes in it, but it’s out of print.  

Post # 3
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MsGinkgo:  I have a few cookbooks that I rarely use because I’m always looking up recipes online, specifically on skinnytaste.com. I actually just pre-ordered the skinnytaste cookbook beccause I love all of the recipes on her site. I suggest checking it out if you are looking for some healthy options.

Post # 4
2472 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I have one called “Healthy One-Dish Cooking” (Reader’s Digest) which has some pretty awesome recipes in it. To be perfectly honest, I only use recipes for inspiration, but this is good for that, too!

Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee

MsGinkgo:  I don’t own it yet, but my friend has made me a few recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook It’s All Good, and they were all really tasty and healthy. My friend swears by that book and says the recipes are easy to make, too. A lot of people don’t like Gwyneth and the recipes can be a little hipster-ish (if you know what I mean), but I’d still really like a copy of that book sometime.

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Post # 6
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

I love the one by Smitten Kitchen. She has a nice blend of fussy weekend recipes and easier one-pan stuff, plus many of her options are either straight-up vegetarian or can easily be substituted as such. Great stuff. Also, as a woman who does her best with a tiny apartment kitchen, I empathize with her “Help I live in Brooklyn I never have enough space!” plight.

Post # 7
3012 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Virmond Park

MsGinkgo:  I am such a cookbook whore! Seriously:

This is about 70% of them. But my all time favorite that I use all the time is Betty Crocker’s cookbook. It was my Grandma’s cookbook and has every note she ever made about meals and recipes. Including every turkey she made for Thanksgiving from 1998-2004 (how many people, how big of a bird, brand of bird, amount of leftovers, how long it was cooked for).

Betty Crocker Hardcover Cookbook


Post # 8
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I usually just look stuff up online, but I just bought “what to eat and how to cook it” for a friend that just moved out of her family home for the first time and isn’t great in the kitchen and she loves it. I also have friends that love  the “oh she glows” cookbook. My personal faves are the best of bridge cookbooks.

Post # 9
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Any Ina Garten cook book does it for me.  I have a few of hers. I also love Joy of cooking. It’s like an encyclopedia of cooking.

Post # 10
7135 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have cookbooks from all over that I don’t use, but Patricia Wells’ “the Paris cookbook” is one I use all of the time. 

I use a lot of paleo recipes from online. 

Post # 11
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

“Super natural everyday” by Heidi Swanson is awesome. I have made a lot of recipes from there and I love them all. Nothing’s too complicated or weird, just fresh and tasty. 

Post # 12
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like the Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks/blog. She uses inexpensive and easy to find ingredients, and all of her recipes are really good. I do have to alter some of her recipes to make them a little healthier because she uses a lot of butter and heavy cream.

I also really like the Skinnytaste blog. She is coming out with a cookbook this fall.

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

MmeSilverBullet:  Aww, I would love to have a book like the one with the turkey notes!


I have the Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything, I really don’t desire many more general cook books.  I find the problem with having more is that I don’t care for a bunch of soup, dessert, etc. recipes.

I have a book by Sandi Richard, I forget which one Dinner Made Easy, Cooking for the Rushed, something like that.  I wish more of her recipes were available online, as there are a few favourites I have in it, but I’m not going to make most of them.

I also like SkinnyTaste, but again, not sure if I would bother with the book there are just too many things I can’t eat, won’t make, or won’t like.

I should use someone’s library idea sometime.  Maybe a cookbook party with people and a photocopier as well 🙂

Post # 14
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

NCSUchick27:  lol I remember the first time I caught her show.  It was for a party or something, but the amount of cream, and then she added whole lot of butter to mashed potatoes!  Her recipes look good, but I don’t think I even want to start adding those into my collection!

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