My Go To Cookbooks

Not everyday starts or ends with an inspiring homemade meal. Sometimes you need help and guidance. That’s where it comes in handy to have several good cookbooks on hand. I have a dream of owning an entire book shelf of cookbooks… One day, when I’m not living in a west village apartment with limited space.

I used to be a 100% recipe follower to the T, but now that I’m a little more creative in the kitchen I make substitutions. For example a recipe I made recently called for preserved lemons, at the grocery store they are 11 bucks! So I just used fresh lemons, not the same BUT I couldn’t bear to spend that much money on a new recipe. Also if I don’t have a particular spice on hand that the recipe calls for I do some reasearch on what else in my kitchen I can use. My spice cabinet is already out of control I don’t have much room for more.

If your new to cooking stick with simple recipes and familiar ingredients. If you have been around the kitchen a lot go for it!

There is something relaxing to me about “reading” a cookbook. Why is that?

Anyways here are my top three go to cookbooks lately. Big Vegan has so many simple basic vegan recipes I feel that I might be lost without it. It’s All Good is full of beautiful healthy easy to make meals, in fact I recently make the lemon vinaigrette salmon, OUT OF THIS WORLD! Grain Mains is overall a fantastic book for things you most likely have in your kitchen already. I love not having to go out and buy new things for meal, its like a savings plan:)

Big Vegan: 350 Recipes No Meat/ No Dairy All Delicious

Not So Perfect Life

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great 

Not So Perfect Life

Main Grains: 101 Surprising and Satisfying Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Not So Perfect Life

What are your top cook books? Please do tell, I need to expand my library!!!

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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13 Responses to My Go To Cookbooks

  1. My go to cookbook is the one I wrote/made all the recipes for go to for healthy simple meals. I made it when I worked for a weight loss resort. It’s called meal simple.

    http://www.amazon.com/Meal-Simple-Cookbook-Delicious-Healthy/dp/0615669115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376053432&sr=8-1&keywords=meal+simple+the+camp+shane+cookbook
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  2. I want to check out Gwyneth’s cookbook! I love her clean eating motto. I’ve gotten a lot of recipes from The Kind Diet, but I guess I get a lot online too. I love Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Cookies Take Over the World, but I’m guessing you don’t want all desserts haha! Moosewood Restaurant (in Ithaca, NY) has a lot of cookbooks that we’ve taking recipes from and they are FANTASTIC!!!
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    • rebacox says:

      I hate to admit it but Gwyneth knows whats going on in the kitchen! Maybe in the fall when we head up north I’ll make a stop by this Moosewood place you mentioned. Thanks

  3. Who knew GP had a cookbook! What in the world! I will admit, I am a terrible cook, and following recipes is always my best bet :) I love my Pioneer Woman cookbook as well, and sometimes the cookbooks that the little old ladies at church make are AWESOME 😉
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  4. I absolutely love cookbooks! I could (and have) spend hours just looking through them. :) Some of my favorites are Mediterranean Harvest (if I’m wanting Italian food), Vegan Brunch, Moosewood Classics, and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (that last one is probably my absolute favorite because who doesn’t love cupcakes? 😉 ). The ones you listed look great as well! I love the sound of that lemon vinaigrette salmon. :)
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  5. I very rarely buy cookbooks and find most of my recipes off the internet but when I do dig into one it’s usually more on the indulgent side…I’m talkin’ Martha Stewart Baking and Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I’m a sucker for the classics! I usually try to put a healthy twist on them though.

    My sister has “It’s All Good” and I had a look through. Definitely some good recipes in there!
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  6. Interesting list of cookbooks! I’ll be hosting an international giveaway on a British/Canadian cookbook :) that is also really good! I should check out Big Vegan, thanks!

    • rebacox says:

      Big Vegan is a how to book for just about everything you need to know :) BTW I can’t comment on your blog because I don’t have discus, but i love reading it.

  7. I used to love the Happy herbivore books when I was getting back into cooking. Theyre very uncomplicated recipes and are great jumping off points to build a tasty dinner. I’ll definitely be checking out your suggestions!
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