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Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
I'm super impatient when it comes to cooking and need something simple to make. Not only was this cookbook easy to use but it produced some very delicious results. I'm constantly looking through it as a reminder for the recipes I use frequently.
Recommended by Bry H. November 23, 2013
Cookin' with Coolio
Let's face it: no one has the time to cook a decent meal. NO ONE. That's why Coolio has taken the best of his former cooking show and compiled this collection of quick, cheap, and delicious recipes. Your date will be impressed, and you'll spend under $20 on dinner! Trust me; I've done it many, many, many times.
Recommended by Jordan G. November 23, 2013
Whole Grains for a New Generation
I bought this book earlier this year, and now I turn to it constantly for clean, wildly inspired whole-grain recipes that appeal to everyone (even my toddler!). Krissoff's roots are southern, and her recipes run the gamut from pimiento cheese and catfish larb to brown rice "krispy treats" made with tahini and dark chocolate. Many of the recipes are gluten-free, and Krissoff provides a comprehensive guide to cooking and swapping grains to accommodate dietary needs and limited pantries. If you've ever wondered what to do with Forbidden Black Rice, or just want to perk up your morning bowl of oatmeal, Whole Grains for a New Generation is the best resource available.
Recommended by Rhianna W. November 23, 2013
Vegan with a Vengeance
When it comes to vegan recipes, Isa Moskowitz is the best. Her first book, Vegan with a Vengeance, is the best of the best. All Moskowitz's books are terrific, but this is the one that I used until it fell apart.
Recommended by Cindy P. November 23, 2013
Rabbit Food Cookbook
I have a shelf full of cookbooks at home, and yet I almost invariably turn to this one when it's time to venture into the kitchen. It's small, it's spiral-bound (which makes it easy to use), and it is full of delicious recipes. The pot pie and the "chicken" fried steak are personal favorites, as well as the desserts. Plus, the author is from Portland.
Recommended by Candice B. November 23, 2013
Betty Goes Vegan
If I could only consult one cookbook, it would have to be Betty Goes Vegan by Dan and Annie Shannon! It has every kind of recipe you could possibly need, whether it be a fancy dish to impress your dinner guests or just some simple, delicious comfort food for a night in. My favorite part about this particular cookbook is that it takes traditional recipes we all know and love and adapts them to fit the needs of someone living a vegan lifestyle, so you don't have to sacrifice any of your favorite dishes from your pre-vegan days!
Recommended by Koa November 23, 2013
Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods
Even if you're not vegan (or even vegetarian), this cookbook is bursting with unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds and convert the most dyed-in-the-wool carnivore. If you're looking for healthy (and easy-to-make) recipes for everyday meals, holidays, or even late-night cravings, you'll find them in this beautifully photographed book! You'll never look at quinoa (its pronounced "keen-wah," by the way), seitan, miso, or agave the same way again!
Recommended by Scott W. November 23, 2013
The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook
This cookbook is so great, I own two copies! One for kitchen use and one that is for menu planning and reference. At the back of The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook, there is a guide to grains, legumes, and vegetables — how/when to buy, store, and cook them. I use this cookbook almost every day. I owe my culinary confidence to this book!
Recommended by Desiree November 23, 2013
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
I come across many, many cookbooks and more often than not take them home to try them out. This cookbook has quickly become one of my favorites. Every recipe — really, every one! — that I've tried so far has been excellent — not just good or successful, but above and beyond what I expected. There's no shortage of material, either; this cookbook is huge, is sturdy, and will last a lifetime. Most recipes are very easy, and I love Madison's clarity (at the beginning she tells you what size carrot, onion, or garlic she assumes). The introduction is thorough and relevant for cooks at any level, bringing cooking back to its essence: experimentation, fresh ingredients, and pleasure. And, as Madison states on the cover, you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these recipes; you could add meat to many, and the book is worth keeping for its extensive section on vegetables and side dishes alone. If I had a kitchen fire, this is the cookbook I'd rescue.
Recommended by Jill Owens November 23, 2013
Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen
A great overview of regional Mexican cooking with recipes and text, Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen also features ingredients and dishes not typically found in U.S. Mexican restaurants.
Recommended by Paul S. November 23, 2013
The Gift of Southern Cooking
Of the 400-plus cookbooks I have, this is hands-down my all-time favorite. Everything I've ever made from it has been amazingly yummy. I've had multiple people say the apple cake with caramel glaze is the best cake they've ever had, the fried chicken method is legend-worthy, and if you make the deviled eggs using the homemade mayonnaise, you'll never look back. It's also an incredible and moving account of the backgrounds of and friendship between the two Southern chefs that breaks the mold.
Recommended by Robin November 23, 2013
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
With all due respect to Julia Child and Mark Bittman, as a born and bred Georgia boy, I'd like to call your attention to Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. A well-honed mélange of English, French, and African traditions, Southern cooking is perhaps the earliest strain of real American cuisine and the ultimate comfort food, as far as I'm concerned. This cookbook is a wide-ranging collection of over 750 recipes covering breakfast to dessert and anything in between. The luscious layer cakes and fluffy biscuits are there, but with recipes ranging from a bright citrus and fennel salad to "Dixie cassoulet" and, of course, mouthwatering collards complete with "pot likker," I promise it's not all about the butter, y'all.
Recommended by Patrick November 23, 2013