My Latest Cookbook Additions

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I’ve been on a cookbook collecting BINGE. I think Casey gets scared when he sees another book-sized package at our front door. I loooooove good cookbooks. What can I say?  If you’re looking for new additions to your cookbook library or you’re wanting to get a Cancer (you’re late!), Leo or Virgo a cookbook as a gift this summer, might I suggest….

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1. It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good & Feel Great, by Gwyneth Paltrow

I might get a little flack for this one and that’s totally OK. Gwyneth stirs up a lot of controversy! But… I was really curious about this book. If you have been here long enough, you’ll know that I like to balance my foods out. Carbs/sweets and then healthy sometimes vegan recipes.  I want to try a ton of the recipes in this book because they all seem like really good RESET button recipes. Foods that will make me feel better and kickstart healthier eating after serious indulgence. The only thing is…I don’t like mayo and a lot of recipes require vegenaise. No can do. But! There are tons of other recipes I’m down with.

I can’t wait to make: Watermelon & Mint Aqua Fresca, Berry Coconut Sherbet, Mexican Tomato Rice, Charred Corn with Sage, Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers, Thai Style Chicken Burgers, Quinoa with Mushrooms & Arugula, Pumpkin Pie Shake, & Carrots with Black Sesame & Ginger.

2. What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces, by Katie Quinn Davies

I’ve been a fan of What Katie Ate forever! I think that everything she does is fantastic. Her photography & styling blows my mind. I checked this book out at the library, went through it and then immediately put it in my Amazon cart. I knew it had to be mine. My only regret? Not buying it the second it came out. Better late than never, I say!

 I can’t wait to make: Buttermilk Crepes with Citrus Compote, Parmesan Cookies with Roasted Tomato & Pesto, Honey Baked Peaches, Blood Orange & Rosemary Cake, Potato Garlic Gratin & Sticky Chicken with Sesame and Chile. 

3. Gluten-Free Girl Every Day, by Shauna James Ahern & Daniel Ahern

I love this book and the people who created it.  It’s all REAL food and you don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy it.  I’m so stoked to see so many recipes that include cashew cream as a substitute for dairy. Shauna appeals to my hippie sensibilities with this one! I just love that, her writing and HER.

I can’t wait to make:  Popcorn with Herbes de Provence, Broccoli Soup with Dukkah Yogurt, Italian Fried Rice with Artichoke Hearts & Mozzarella, Vermicelli Rice Noodles with Sunflower-Sesame Sauce, Millet Fritters with Feta, Spinach & Golden Raisins, Zucchini Noodles with Spinach Pesto, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and Lemon Curd with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries.

4. Mad Hungry Cravings , by Lucinda Scala Quinn

It’s no secret that I’m totally obsessed with Lucinda Scala Quinn.  Remember that time I interviewed her? Oh boy. I’ve made so many recipes from  Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys   so of course I bought this book immediately.  I’ve already made/posted the Milk & Cookies Smoothie and the Banh Mi recipe. Both were hits!  This cookbook is FILLED with all of the foods I crave/want to make.

I can’t wait to make: Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Loaded Potato Skins, Eggplant Parmesan Stacks, Cucumber Mint Gun & Tonic, Lamb Burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, Classic Tomato Soup & Apple Maple French Toast. 

5.  Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluffs, Icebox Cakes, and More No-Bake Desserts, by Faith Durand

This book is GORGEOUS. If you’re looking to make desserts without the use of your oven this summer, this is the book to have. There are quite a few custard  & pudding recipes with several ways to adapt!  Also. HELLO ICEBOX CAKES! Panna Cotta too!

I can’t wait to make: Malted Milk Pudding, Salted Caramel Risotto, Root Beer & Cream Soda Terrine, Lemon Cream Icebox Cake, S’mores Pudding Cake, Double Coconut Cream Pudding, & No Bake Meyer Lemon Bars. 

6.  Absolutely Avocados, by Gaby Dalkin

I love avocados but you already know that.  That’s why Gaby and I became instant friends. That and she’s pretty awesome. I seriously want to make EVERYTHING in this book. If you’re an avocado lover, then I’m pretty sure you’ll bookmark at least 3/4 of the book!  I love that there’s a brief Avocado 101 in the beginning. I really didn’t know all the varieties/differences between all of the avocados.  It’s fascinating! The first recipe I made — Goat Cheese Guacamole was a hit!

I can’t wait to make: Spicy Sesame Guacamole, Avocado Lime Vinaigrette, Avocado Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle, Avocado Cheesesteak, Bacon Avocado Corn Salad, Avocado-Broccoli Slaw, Grilled Shrimp & Avocado Pasta, Fried Avocado Tacos, Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies & Avocado Brownies. 

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7. People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn’s Coolest Pop Shop

For someone who loves Boozy Ice Pops (Peach, Pina Colada, Pimm’s Cup ) I hopped right to buying this book this summer. What I love about this cookbook is that they divide the recipes by seasons. Their selection is crazy good!  They also have a few shaved ice recipes too.  I have some of their pops in the freezer and I can’t wait to share them with you this week!

I can’t wait to make: Rhubarb Elderflower, Sour Cherry & Almond, Nectarine Basil, Honeydew & Ginger, Cantaloupe Campari, Apple & Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Pie w/ Whipped Cream, Peach & Prosecco Shave Ice. 

8. Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love, by Katie Sullivan Morford

It can be a challenge figuring out what to make Cooper for lunch. I’ve been graced with a very picky eater. Oof!  My friend Katie wrote this amazing book all about  jazzing up children’s lunches. There are so many great staples and good reminders of different foods that children love. I’m digging myself out of a lunch box rut with this one. The school year is just around the corner. Arm yourself!

I can’t wait to make: Chickpea Panini, Italian Picnic Sandwiches, Sesame Noodles, Hippie Dippie Bagel Sandwiches,  Coconut Granola Bark, Pumped Up Party Mix, Sour Cherry Oatmeal Bars, Chocolate Pudding, Deconstructed Caprese, Peanut Butter Pinwheels and Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies.

9. Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi

Oh man. This cookbook is everything. I love it just as much as I loved The Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis. I can open both of those books and be transported into another world.  I love that. When I got this book, I immediately made Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds. If you don’t have a copy, I highly recommend getting one! It’s one of those books where half way through I thought “WHOA. Umm. I’ve basically marked every single recipe to try.” This is how I want to eat always.

I can’t wait to make: Fried Cauliflower with Tahini, Tomato Sourdough Soup, Fattoush Salad, Chicken with Caramelized Onion & Cardamom Rice, Turkey Zucchini Burgers, Swiss Chard Fritters, Red Pepper & Bake Egg Galettes, and Tahini Cookies. 

10. The Fresh 20: 20-Ingredient Meal Plans for Health and Happiness 5 Nights a Week, by Melissa Lanz

My friends Melissa & Trent came out with this gorgeous cookbook. For those of you (ahem ME) who struggle to be creative in the kitchen during the week, this cookbook is a winner. Grocery lists are provided and there are schedules of when and how to do things ahead of time so when you come home, half of your dinner is already made. LOVE THAT. I feel like if you’re wanting to tackle meal planning, this will help greatly! Big bonus that they’re healthy/ kid-friendly recipes. I’ve made the Honey Lime Drumsticks. They were great!

I can’t wait to make: Greek Style Lamb Tacos, Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Guacamole Tostadas, Spring Roll in a Bowl, Polenta Pan Pizza, Grilled Chile Rellanos, Salmon Salad Pitas, Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie, Maple Soy Salmon and Cucumber Carpaccio.

11. The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender’s Craft by Gary Regan

I spent a night on Amazon researching cocktail books and landed on this highly rated book. What I love about it is that there’s science behind the cocktails. For example, if you’re looking to layer drinks to make a cool effect, he gives the density of each alcohol so you now how to layer!  Barware is broken down, garnishes are discussed, jello shots are tackled, and cocktails are separated by family so you can remember what kind of drink they are. With over 350 cocktail recipes & history of cocktails/bartending, this book is the ultimate cocktail book!

I can’t wait to make: Bay Breeze, Bolero Cocktail, Income Tax Cocktail, Kentucky Longshot, Pacific Rim Martini, Zombie No. 1 and Frozen Banana Daiquiri.

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There you have it. I hope you find some good inspiration in these books. I know I have!

Are there any new cookbooks you’re loving lately? Leave a comment!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Of those books, I have What Katie Ate, Avocados, Jerusalem, Fresh 20. They’re all amazing.

    I’ve had Gweyth’s book on my radar screen for awhile and everyone raves about it. And now that you’re into it, I think I need it.

    I recently did a cookbook top 10 post and admitted how many I have. You don’t even want to know. I read them like most people read novels. I just love reading cookbooks! Lately Ive been into baking cookbooks from the 1970s and 80s. They’re cheap on Amazon, the recipes are written in a straightforward way, and it’s usually straight up comfort food/desserts 🙂

  • Rachel

    I have Jerusalem and What Katie Ate in my current rotation too. Also in there I have Yotam Ottolenghi’s other two books; I especially love his veggie book ‘Plenty’ and the original restaurant book is great for me as it is one of my favourite places to eat in London.

  • Monique Bartley

    I so badly want to the Bakeless Sweets cookbook! When I’m back at school come fall I’ll want a collection of recipes that could be made just using my microwave and fridge. This is going to go into my amazon shopping cart!

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to get my hands on bake less sweets – I’m totally sold on it now! My cookbook on high rotation at the moment is Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts by Gizzi Ersline. As great for design and typography as for the recipes.

  • Sandi

    I use both of Gwyneth’s cookbooks – both excellente.

  • Lucia

    Yotam is a great cook and a great writer too: I once had the chance to meet him on a food writing course in England and I can say that he’s such a lovely and kind man too. Love “Jerusalem”.

  • Sara

    The Jerusalem Cookbook is amazing and my most favorite cookbook that I own. The Turkey Zucchini burgers are a must (pretty easy to throw together too) and you will want to put that Sumac yogurt sauce on everything. My first post on my blog was the Baked Chicken with Caramelized Clementines and Braised Fennel. My kitchen smelled amazing and my tummy was happy that day. Try everything in that cookbook. EVERYTHING!

  • Ani

    Thanks for posting. I am completely obsessed with cookbooks lately and I needed a start list like this one. I have two newlywed cookbooks from out wedding last year (Two in the Kitchen and The Newlywed Cookbook) and now I’m looking for something that will carry us through the rest of the years. Just bought the Joy the Baker book too and my coworkers love me for making the brownies with chocolate buttercream. 🙂

  • Kayli Schattner

    I absolutely love cook books! I think that in today’s world people underrate them because of the development of things like food blogs and online cooking resources. While those are great, there’s nothing better to me than a cook book. Flipping through the pages, looking for the perfect recipe, it’s all so fun to me! I really want to get a raw cooking/vegan one!

  • Caroline

    What a great idea for a post! Ever since we were flooded with cookbooks as wedding presents last September [so rad!] and even more for Christmas, I haven’t been able to slow down with the cookbook hoarding.

    I just bought Tartine and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery – So in love with both. Beautiful cookbooks. I just grabbed Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis, and while I haven’t made anything from it yet, it’s been a really fun one to browse through.

    • Tracy

      I have Bouchon Bakery cookbook in my wishlist. And I love Breakfast for Dinner. I made the Bacon Fried Rice! FAB.

  • Shawna Greenway

    I’m so glad you got the People’s Pops book! I haven’t bought any commercial popsicles since buying that last summer.

  • Anna Marie Flaherty

    Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee!

    • Tracy

      Amazon recommends that one to me all the time. It’s good? What do you like about it?

      • Anna Marie Flaherty

        I really like that it’s a fusion of 2 different types of foods, southern and Korean, but in a really genuine, comfortable way, it isn’t trying to be very “fusion-ey”. It’s a chronicle of how the food of his roots kind of morphed into aspects of southern food when he moved to/visited the south and he just seems so in love with both genres and that really comes through in the recipes.

        I haven’t gotten to try as many of the recipes as I would like yet, but they all sounds great and I really enjoy making, and eating, pickles and the quick pickle recipes in here are really interesting, I mean Bourbon-Pickled Jalapenos and Pineapple and jicama pickles… so good.

      • Anna Marie Flaherty

        I have “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi, would you recommend Jerusalem in addition to that? Amazon recommends that one to me all the time… I’ve almost bought it like 4 times.

        • Tracy

          I checked out Plenty from the library and found that I liked Jerusalem more than Plenty! It just sung to me!

  • Amanda

    The fattoush salad in Jerusalem does not disappoint. The addition of buttermilk (or yogurt) is genius. I also like that the bread isn’t toasted, so it gets kind of soppy which is nice next to the crunch of the veggies. It’s the perfect light supper on a hot day, we paired it with a roast chicken that we picked up from the butchers when it was 45 degrees Celsius in Toronto.

  • Katie @ Mom's Kitchen Handbook

    Delighted to have Best Lunch Box Ever in such delicious company. Thank you. I might add to your list the charming Little Paris Kitchen book by Rachel Khoo.

  • Julianna

    Thank you for this post & recommendations! I just bought Gwyneth’s book, after hearing good things, and after pretty much reading it cover to cover in Target. I haven’t made anything yet, but I’m excited about the quinoa granola.

    I’ve owned Jerusalem and Plenty for a while, and have cooked several things out of Jerusalem and none out of Plenty. I second Amanda’s comments on the fattoush (made it just recently –, and Yotam’s hummus is, of course, absolutely THE best. I make it almost every weekend.

    It’s so reassuring to hear that other people have cookbook collection syndrome! I just can’t get enough of them, provided they’re good! I also own and recommend Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day and the most-excellent, you-probably-already-have-it-because-who-doesn’t Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook. Favorites.

  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    I don’t have any of these books, but I’ve had my eye on Gaby’s for awhile. I recently picked up Flour, Too by Joanne Change and I’m absolutely loving it!

    I totally feel you though, I go on cookbook buying binges too. And yes, my husband always groans a little bit. 🙂

  • Scott White

    Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adlar is my favorite “in a rut” cookbook!

  • Lucy

    I second Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo, so charming and delightful

  • Natasha

    First – you have the “pertiest” feet ever…you inspire me to paint my toenails 🙂
    K – love Gwyneth’s book, and I subscribe to Shauna and Daniels site – love them.
    So – I just got True Brews by Emma Christensen – I’m a Kombucha makin’ fool and swear that my Scoby’s know how much I love them…you should check it out. We’re looking into making Sake (yikes!), and Mead…I’ll keep you posted.
    Meanwhile back at the ranch – I adore you and your site…keep on keepin’ on lovely.

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    I am also a cookbook addict! It’s amazing how many talented individuals are out there. I’ve been loving Salt Block Cooking by Mark Bitterman (I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him and he is an amazing individual), Salad of the Day by Georgeanne Brennan and Small Plates and Sweet Treats by Aran Goyoaga! All are GORGEOUS and filled with so many unique and delicious recipes…

  • Kmarie

    I love your blog and podcast! Would you share how you organize your photos digitally? Do you have a good system and favorite place to upload them to like Flickr or other ones? Thanks!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    Great post, thanks! I love cookbooks but hesitate because I always feel like I revert back to blog posts/pinterest. But there’s definitely said for a beautiful, well-written book!

  • Jayne

    I love the sound of every single one of these books. I read an article of a lady using Gwyneth’s diet and she loved it! It’s a tad expensive to eat that way but in the end of it, she never felt hungry at all and yet felt super healthy and lost some weight. I am thinking of using that book.

  • Aubrey @ Lady Aubs

    Thank you Tracy!! I’m just starting this food love process and finding awesome cookbooks can be a little daunting for the newbie 🙂 I finally was able to flip through the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and can’t wait to check out a few of these!

  • Emily

    I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the turkey zucchini burgers in Jerusalem are RIDICULOUS. Seriously, move that to the top of your “to make” list…you will not regret it.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    People’s Pops is so on my list! I’m a Gwyneth lover even if I don’t love everything she says about food. She seems like a rad chick. Also, I can never spell Gwyneth right & always have to check. Much love for Jerusalem here too. & yay for What Katie Ate! She’s just outrageously talented. Her pasta dishes are my favourite. I’m loving Made in Sicily by Giorgio Locatelli. I’m obsessed with Sicily & his recipes take me back there. Again, much love for the pasta dishes. So simple and wonderful!
    Heidi xo

    • Tracy

      I can never spell her name right also!!!!! I just wanna type Gwenny and call it a day. Seriously.

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    I have filled two large bookcases with cookbooks. I cannot get rid of any but don’t know how to make room for more. Ah, the problems I have.

  • Ellen W

    My latest two additions are Gluten Free Girl Every Day and Dinner: A Love Story. Between my need to eat gluten free and a picky husbands and boys, finding recipes that work for everyone can be challenging. I have made the avocado, corn and bacon salad (from a cookbook promo on Picky Palate’s website) and it is very tasty.

  • Kate

    I wish I had the proper money to cookbook ratio.

  • Lauren

    My fav is Flour, by Joanne Chang. She’s brilliant. It’s not new-I’ve had it for years, but it’s just brilliant.

  • Rachel

    I’m eating that cauliflower from Jerusalem right now! I’m obsessed with it and have made a kajillion times. Added chickpeas to it tonight. So good.

  • Cooks_Books

    A woman after my own heart. We’ve published recipes from #1,#3, #6, and #9 on Cooks&Books&Recipes. The next cookbook on your list that I can’t wait to jump into? #10. I SO need someone to help me with planning!

  • shane

    I have to second Flour. I LOVE that cookbook! And… I’ve wanted Jerusalem since I first laid eyes on it. I felt like I needed to do some cookbook purging before I bought another one. But… thanks to you ladies, now I know I just need to clear another bookshelf! 🙂

  • Sini

    I was happy to find some personal favorites on your list (Gluten-Free Girl Every Day, Jerusalem, What Katie Ate & Bakeless Sweets) as well as some new ones 🙂 Cookbook addiction!

    The Green Kitchen/Vegetarian Everyday (US version) by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl from the Green Kitchen Stories blog is a masterpiece. I love every bit of it and can’t wait to get cooking from it (bought it just a few days ago)! I also bought Tender by Nigel Slater – FINALLY!

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  • Laura

    I love cookbook lists.. especially when I am teetering on the edge of wanting a book but cannot decide (I literally was JUST made aware of What Kate Ate, the blog and the book, so I am going to start checking both out immediately). I just bought the Mad Hungry man cookbook–I won’t lie I am a little put off by the premise even though the recipes look awesome. That new one is on my wish list as well.

    Consider yourself given flack over Gweneth Paltrow. 😉 I totally agree about Bakeless Sweets, wonderful book!

    The 2 I am currently perusing and enjoying are Eat with Your Hands by Zakary Pelaccio and A Month in Marrakesh by Andy Harris….

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