When I’m not busy writing, you can probably find me in the kitchen.
I didn’t grow up in a family with home-cooked meals on the table every night. We would often have microwave dinners or fast food, which was fine. But when I got to college, I quickly realized I needed to figure out how to cook. It was cheaper, healthier and, perhaps most importantly to me, a lot of fun.
And now that I’m a mom, I get great pleasure out of putting home-cooked meals on the table for my family.
I collect cookbooks like some people collect shoes. I can’t get enough of them!
Some are good for fancy parties, some are good for holidays, but my favorites are the ones that are good for everyday home cooking.
Here are the cookbooks you NEED on your kitchen counter right now:
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First up is Pull Up a Chair by Tiffani Thiessen.
I know what you’re thinking.
Tiffani Thiessen? Wasn’t she Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell?
Yes. Yes, she was.
And let me tell you: she is a brilliant cook.
Every single recipe I have tried in this cookbook has turned out phenomenal. From raspberry jam to grilled pizza to the absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ve ever tried, this book covers it all.
These recipes are quickly becoming my classic, go-to family dinners.
I don’t know why she hasn’t gotten more recognition yet.
If you only get one cookbook from this list, I’m telling you right now – this is the one to get.
You won’t regret it.
Next up is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.
If you’ve ever watched The Food Network, then you know all about Ree Drummond.
I absolutely love her show, and over the years I’ve used many of her recipes.
I love that this cookbook spells out full holiday menus for you.
In fact, it’s Christmas Eve as I’m writing this, and today I’ll be using her recipes for Prime Rib, Burgundy Mushrooms
She doesn’t just cover the obvious holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving
She has complete menus for holidays like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, too.
Plus, I love that her cookbooks show pictures of every step of the process, not just some fancy picture of the end-product. It’s super helpful.
Another go-to cookbook is Valerie’s Home Cooking.
Yep, it’s another celebrity cookbook.
But if you haven’t tried Valerie Bertinelli’s recipes, then you’re missing out.
My favorite recipe from this cookbook is her gumbo.
If you had any idea how long I’ve searched for the perfect gumbo recipe, you’ll understand why.
In my opinion, it’s worth getting the whole cookbook for the gumbo recipe alone.
Finally, the last cookbook you need in your life is Chrissy
First, it’s one of the funniest cookbooks you’ll ever read.
I never thought I’d type that sentence, but it’s true. She’s hilarious, and her introduction sections of her recipes made me laugh out loud.
But, more importantly, she has some wonderful recipes in there. Her Vegetable Tortilla Stew and Rotochick Chicken Noodle Soup are game-changers.
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