They taught us real food, or guarded our budget, or helped us do both! These are the cookbooks I turn to again and again.
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Soul Food Love
Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
Part family biography and part cookbook, Soul Food Love is one of my favorites for a few reasons. The first half of the cookbook tells the story of the authors’ families, and the second half shares the dishes inspired by their legacy. By the time you get to the recipes, they remind of you of Paw Paw and Dear, and Caroline, and Grandma Bontemps.
The other reason I love it is because I grew up in the South, and I like healthy cooking. The authors put a fresh spin on classic Soul Food flavors while honoring the traditions that started them.
We use the recipes in this cookbook all the time.
Some of my favorite recipes from Soul Food Love are:
- African Chickpea Soup
- Salmon Croquettes
- A Mess of Greens
- Spicy Pepper Chicken
- Sweet Potato, Kale, and Black-Eyed Pea Soup
- Peanut Chicken Soup
100 Super Delicious Recipes by Kids, for Kids!
A new favorite! One of the authors of Chef Junior is from our favorite kids’ cooking class, Kids Cook Real Food. With gorgeous photos, kid-friendly recipes, and simple instructions, this cookbook makes me want to get into the kitchen more. This summer, my kids are using Chef Junior as part of their Summer School, choosing recipes they want to make each week.
So far, our favorite recipes from Chef Junior are:
- Taco Casserole
- Breakfast Burritos
- Apple Sandwiches
- Cucumber Salad
- Oven-Roasted Green Beans
- Pineapple-Lemon Ice Pops
- Peanut Butter & Chocolate Mini Cups
How to Cook Everything
Simple Recipes for Great Food
By Mark Bittman
This is the cookbook every home cook needs in their kitchen. Need a good brownie recipe but don’t want to chance a random Pinterest tutorial? This cookbook has it.
Found a weird cut of meat on sale but you have no idea how to cook it? This cookbook has it.
And it’s simple, easy to follow, and delicious.
- Um, the brownies
- Blueberry cobbler
- Ratatouille (who knew it was so simple?!)
- Cheese straws (like crackers, kind of)
- Fried rice
- How to cook a chicken breast perfectly
I mean, pretty much all of them.