* These cook books are all best-sellers in their respective Amazon categories
* There’s everything from Keto-friendly eats to French classics
* Find great dishes for weeknight dinners or your next pot luck
Ever since we started taking our kitchen knowledge and putting it down on paper, there have been a few staples of the genre. Few homes exist without at least one copy of “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer. First published publicly in 1936, it has sold over 18 million copies since then.
Julia Child spoke to countless American chefs through her humorous, irreverent approach to French cooking in 1961; Marcella Hazan brought the dishes of her ancestors to your kitchen stove with her 1992 classic, “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.” And Ramsey, Ray, Oliver and, of course, Bourdain, have all become household names.
Now, a new generation of chefs bring us their work, with modern twists, such as an all-Keto book, and a bestseller that only employs the Instant Pot. From zucchini noodles to French delicacies, there’s something for everyone in the list below.
1. Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease
This National Bestseller comes from the author of “Eat Dirt,” Dr. Josh Axe, who turns his culinary talents toward the Keto diet, a protein-rich, high-fiber diet that’s been attributed with health benefits such as balancing hormones, and even increasing life span. This book, a #1 bestseller in Amazon’s Vegan Diets section, is not only packed with over eighty sumptuous recipes, but also contains handy tips to make your Keto transition easier, from shopping lists to exercise routines.
2. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
Shauna Niequist, author of two bestselling books “Bittersweet” and “Cold Tangerines,” writes a unique book that’s part memoir, part cookbook. She effortlessly weaves together touching and entertaining essays about her life, and the meals and moments that mattered most. From Mango Curry to Blueberry Crisp, your mouth will water while reading Niequist’s book.
3. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle
It’s March, so some of those well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions may have fallen by the wayside. While the Ketogenic Diet can be a great place to start, with its emphasis on high protein and healthy fats, it can also seem overwhelming to newcomers. This cookbook by Amy Ramos not only contains 75 diverse recipes and a fourteen-day meal plan, it also provides valuable extras like detailed nutritional charts and helpful long-term goals.
4. My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
Paris: the City of Lights, as well as the City of Mouthwatering Food, from morning ’til night, from croissant to beef bourguignon. David Lebovitz’s book is not just a collection of recipes, but also an entertaining read filled with stories of his culinary deep dive after moving to France in 2004. Try out recipes you know and love, like Croque-monsieur, to exciting niche dishes like Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, and be sure to impress the guests at your next dinner party.
5. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
This book’s accolades speak for itself: New York Times Bestseller, 2017 Book of the Year by NPR and The Atlantic, and winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook. Now a hit Netflix TV show, before you binge-watch, spend some time poring over Samin Nosrat’s classic cookbook that strips away the fancy ingredients and equipment from cooking, and takes it back to basics.
With over 100 recipes focusing on these core principles, Nosrat teaches you how to own your kitchen, and take back your confidence in cooking.
6. Hungry Girl Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less
From Lisa Lillien, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, comes a cookbook that requires a very short grocery list. Each chapter is categorized by a staple ingredient, like “Chicken” or “Oats.” It’s packed with a variety of healthy eats, including 95 gluten-free recipes and 91 vegetarian recipes.
7. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 500 Everyday Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users
The Instant Pot, a new tool that’s taking over kitchen across America for its easy recipes rich in flavor. Whether you’re new to the Instant Pot craze, or just looking for new dishes to try out, this versatile cookbook is packed with over 500 recipes, including vegetarian and kid-friendly ones.
8. Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals
Ali Maffucci takes an innovative approach to substitutions in her New York Times bestselling book, which shows you how to transform twenty different vegetables and fruits into meals you know and love. From sweet potatoes becoming fried rice, to jicama shoe-string fries, you can get all the flavor you love in a healthy, no-nonsense way.