If you and your friends are self proclaimed “foodies” you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen – cooking and eating. We all love to explore our kitchens, baking, roasting, sautéing… you name it! To help you get the most out of the time you spend in your kitchen, we have rounded up 12 books that we think you need to have on your bookshelf – or your iPad!

Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook
By: FL Fowler

A parody in the form of a cookbook… genius. Chicken, chicken and more chicken, this cook book will help you jazz up a weeknight staple. This clever collection of chicken recipes will make you laugh, blush and cook! (just don’t share it with the kids.)

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Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
By William Davis

Inspired by the best selling book, Wheat Belly, this cookbook will help you to live a healthy life, wheat-free! Full of 150 creative recipes that can help readers lose weight but, more importantly, combat disease and inflammation. You may think that giving up wheat means giving up some of your favorite foods. Who could imagine a life without pizza or cupcakes?! This amazing cookbook is full of alternatives for everyone’s favorite wheat-based meals and desserts!


Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets
By Giada de Laurentiis

Finally answering the question her fans ask most often, “How do you stay so trim?”, Giada De Laurentiis shares the delicious easy recipes and tips she uses to maximize energy and remain fit. There are 120 recipes for breakfasts, juices, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts that can be combined into a month of delicious, feel-good meals. Designed so everyone can enjoy these dishes, many are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan, with helpful icons to call them out—and, for the very first time, each recipe includes a calorie count and nutritional analysis. Special sections delve into Giada’s everyday life, including her beauty and exercise routines, how she satisfies sugar fixes, what’s always in her bag, and her ordering tips for eating in restaurants. With 100 color photographs, Giada’s Feel Good Food is a beautiful guide to staying on track while still eating and enjoying life to its fullest.

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How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food
By: Mark Bittman

So you’re not exactly a culinary expert and you’re still trying to master boiling an egg or baking a cake – this book can help. With over 1,000 photos, 600 of which are demonstration photos, this book will be your guide in the kitchen. Even if you are an experienced at-home cook, there may be a few techniques you have yet to master; How to Cook Everything The Basics will fill in the gaps.

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
By: Michael Pollan

In this exploration of food and cooking, Michael Pollan goes back to basics. He discovers the elements of cooking; fire, water, air and earth. He solicits the help of four experts, one of each element, to teach him the nature of their work. He discovered that by cutting out processed foods, like packaged breads laden with chemicals, fat, and sugar, and making his own he became more connected with his food. This is not your traditional cookbook, it is so much more than that! Become connected to your food again with this amazing and insightful book.

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One Pan, Two Plates
By: Carla Snyder

If you love to cook but hate the thought of dishes, pots, and pans piling up in your sink, you need this cookbook! Carla Snyder is an experienced culinary school teacher who uses her years of instruction to bring together a collection of impressive but simple recipes that you are sure to enjoy. The book also includes some of her most useful tips and cooking secrets to help insure your meals are a success!

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Week In A Day
By: Rachael Ray

We all enjoy coming home after a long day at work to a home cooked meal. However, very few of us actually have the time in the evening to prepare a meal from start to finish and have it on the table at a decent hour. Rachael Ray has found the solution to this problem in her photograph-full cookbook, A Week In A Day. Do all of the grocery shopping for your dinners once and prepare five meals at to eat all week long. Her weeks have creative themes and are family friendly! If you are looking to spice up weeknight meals, this book can lend a helping hand.

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Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
By: Del Sroufe

Forks Over Knives is a pop-culture phenomenon in the food world. Del Sroufe believes the best route to health is through a diet of plant-based foods. Whether you are vegetarian or not, this book can help us all eat more healthfully. Whether you use this book to prepare a “Meatless Monday” meal or use it seven days a week, it will give you hundreds of recipes and ideas to add more plant-based entrees and sides to all of your family’s meals.


Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust
By: Ina Garden

We all know and love Ina Garden and her recipes. She seems to be able to add gourmet elements to every dish she prepares, from grilled cheese to roasted filet of beef, she never fails to surprise her audience or her guests. Now you can add Ina’s wow-factor to your meals with her Foolproof cookbook. Ina walks you through menu planning and entertaining strategies while delivering the elegant recipes we have all grown to love.

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Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun
By: Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz, cohost of ABC’s hit lifestyle show The Chew, shares the concerns of women everywhere: How can I eat food that is delicious and nutritious, live in a home that feels like mine, develop my personal style, find purpose and love in my life, get out and see the world, and still have me time left over? In short, how do I start living a life worth relishing? In Relish, Daphne shares her essential and practical advice for happy, healthy eating and delicious living—perfect for everyone who wants to start leading a better life right now. Filled with beautiful food and entertaining photos, real-world decorating ideas for achievable inspiration, and lots of creative lifestyle imagery, Relish offers easy ways to fill your life with fun.


It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
By: Gwyneth Paltrow

We all know Gwyneth is a talented actress but who knew she was talented in the kitchen as well?! This cookbook is filled with recipes she uses when she wants to look and feel great. Her recipes are made with non-processed, all-natural ingredients and are the recipes she turns to if she needs a slim-down. The recipes range from salmon burgers to banana “ice cream”! Eat ice cream AND slim down? Count me in!

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Guy Gourmet
By: Men’s Health Magazine; Foreword by: Thomas Keller

If you have been trying to get your guy in the kitchen, this may be the way! A cookbook by Men’s Health Magazine that features over 150 recipes for the man in your life. The recipes are built around health and wellness but are all guy-approved and delicious. The man in your life will never want takeout again after preparing and sharing these mouth watering recipes.

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