I know a few of my friends love to cook – it’s beyond just preparing their next meal, they’re having fun in the kitchen and it comes out with every dish they create. They make it look so easy to create meals that bring people closer together.
For many people though, cooking can seem to be a difficult skill to learn. I completely understand that view. If you met me a couple of years ago I would’ve told you that cooking was a necessary chore. I wasn’t looking to make anything fancy, I just wanted to make something I could eat that tasted pretty good.
After a bit, though, I started discovering different chefs and styles and became more interested in what I was making. I’m no expert, but I do enjoy making meals for when friends and family come over. My husband has also discovered that he can prepare and cook food without considering it work.
3 Cookbooks that Teach and Inspire
If you’re looking at taking your cooking skills up a notch and you want to learn to create delicious dishes that are healthy, affordable, and easy to make, here are my top 5 picks.
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
If you’re not already familiar with Bittman, he writes the immensely popular column The Minimalist in the New York Times. He specializes in preparing meals with less fuss, but more flavor. If you had to pick one book to get you started I’d say get this one. It looks large, but that’s because he not only covers recipes, but basic cooking skills. His writing style reminds me of a highly skilled friend guiding you with helpful tips.
Those looking at a completely plant based diet would probably love How to Cook Everything Vegetarian Edition.
Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals by Jamie Oliver
While Jamie has many good cookbooks published, I really liked how he shared easy to follow recipes and included stories from people who had no background in cooking. They became empowered through cooking and now have a bit more control with their health and well being. I like a little inspiration with my food.
Comfort Food: Rachael Ray Top 30 30-Minute Meals
Rachael has reigned for many years with her quick and easy comfort foods and for good reason. I received this handy cookbook when I first got married. Not really into hanging around the kitchen, I ignored it at first. However, I found that there were several recipes that I could make in 30 minutes that would be great meals for a few days (with just two of us, we didn’t need big meals).
I’d recommend giving this as a graduation gift for those finishing high school or college.
Thoughts on Cookbooks for Beginners
I’m not saying that they aren’t more great cookbooks, but I think if you at least have those 3 books on your shelf in your kitchen, you’re good to go. I shared a few of my favorites, I’d love to hear your take on it now. Which cookbooks inspired you to cook more? Which ones do you like to give as gifts?
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