I’ve spoken with people who say they no longer use cookbooks because they can get everything they need on the internet. I guess it’s true that many recipes are now available online, and I definitely get my fair share of ideas from blogs or epicurious.com, however, I have not given up on cookbooks yet. In fact, I’m buying them with greater frequency than ever before. I find that cookbooks still have something over online recipes – namely they are curated and organized by a cook with a reputation to keep because they now have a book that needs to be sold. I find this makes cookbooks invaluable.  I do count cookbooks I’ve read in my list of books each year because I usually read them cover to cover. I have the classic Joy of Cooking and a few that are highly specialized. But here is a roundup of my favorite cookbooks and what dishes I make from them.



Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. This is my new go-to cookbook. The premise is that every family can swing family dinners and this book is full of doable, absolutely delicious family dinners. Here are some of the meals we have loved:

  • Black Bean Burritos
  • Royal Salmon with Yogurt-Mustard-Dill Sauce
  • Backpocket Tacos
  • Fish Cakes
  • Yogurt-marinated Grilled Chicken – seriously the best grilled chicken ever!!!
  • Roasted Veggies and Polenta
  • Bourbon Marinated Pork Tenderloin
  • Apricot-Mustard Baked Chicken
  • Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Braised Leeks



Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson. This book is full of the just-this-side-of-normal recipes I tend to love. It’s vegetarian without yelling it from the rooftops which conveniently makes vegetarian seem that much more doable. We have loved so many of these recipes for their complex flavors but simple preparation. Here’s our favorites:

  • Weeknight Curry – we all adore this curry and it’s endlessly versatile
  • White Beans & Cabbage
  • Summer Linguine
  • Chickpea Wraps
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Cauliflower Soup



The Whole Foods Market CookbookThis was my go-to cookbook for a couple years until Dinner: A Love Story came on the scene and I still use it a lot. The downside to these recipes is that they tend to be ingredient-heavy. The upside is that it’s very easy to substitute in what you have or make adjustments if you don’t want to hunt down that particular vegetable you would only buy for this one dish. There are also helpful lists of how long to cook various grains and beans and things. These are dishes we make from this book:

  • Havana Black Beans
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Quinoa Tabouleh
  • White Bean and Kale Gratin with English Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Smoky Maple Baked Beans
  • Cubano-Style Pork Loin
  • Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
  • Mardi Gras Jicama Slaw
  • Chicken Breast Piccata Florentine
  • Chicken Toscana with White Beans

Do you use cookbooks? Or have you switched to only online recipes? Do you have favorite cookbooks you use over and over? If so, make sure to share in the comments so I can check it out!