The kitchen is the center of your home, where people sit and stay a spend time — especially if there’s something magical cooking in the kitchen. Families cherish recipes passed down through generations, saved in heirloom recipe-boxes.
Food makes friends, and frankly? Food is fantastic, which explains the almost uncountable number of cookbooks published each year. Even in 1981 the world was “bursting with cookbooks,” and luckily for food-lovers everywhere, that still seems to be the case. But here’s the deal: not every cookbook makes it to the best seller list. Those that do deserve recognition both on the shelves and by our attempts to make the prized recipes within the pages of the cookbooks.
These are the most popular cookbooks of 2018, and a recipe from each to inspire you (or your tastebuds).
One of the natural reasons to turn to a cookbook is to follow new recipes. What better place to find a new repertoire of recipes to keep in your meal planning notes than in a cookbook offering healthy options that’ll please the whole family? It’s possible that doesn’t include the very picky 3-year-old, however, there’s always a chance. Many fans of the Whole30 say this book is more of a lifestyle guide than a simple cookbook. But since food is such an important part of life, why not?
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the Whole30 Chick-Fil-A Nuggets.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are well known for their frequency on HGTV’s popular Fixer Upper. Their family exudes warmth, community, and unity. With that in mind, Magnolia Table is the perfect cookbook for families’ with picky eaters. Why? The recipes are fun and eclectic, but the ingredients aren’t too obscure for palates that don’t appreciate unique tastes.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the Jalapeño Cornbread.
If you’re looking to create unique, interesting, gourmet dinners – this isn’t the cookbook for you. Who really wants to eat that ostentatious lime drizzled ghee-roasted quail? Okay, maybe that’s for someone, but if you’re looking to take your daily dinner game to the next level, then these recipes might make you “give a f*ck” about what you eat.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make their tahini sauce.
Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
If there’s ever a reason to try an outlandish recipe, it’s in the spirit of Harry Potter. These seriously satisfying recipes are mostly within the comfort food range – and user beware their heaviness.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make Kreacher’s French Onion Soup.
Whiskey in a Teacup
Reese Witherspoon is an expert on all things southern, which means the blonde power-woman knows a thing or two about cooking. Even if whiskey isn’t your cup of tea, Dorothea’s Fried Chicken will be. This lifestyle blend of a cookbook is a treasure of more than one genre.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make Reese’s Cheddar Biscuits.
Diets are notorious for consisting of very bland food. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the prize and your goal weight when your food is bland and portioned so small it wouldn’t even count as an appetizer. The recipes in this cookbook are healthy but flavorful, helping keep you on track towards a better diet.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the zucchini and feta fritters.
Sweet Potato Soul
One of the biggest deterrents people express about “going vegan” is that they’ll miss some of their favorite comfort foods. In the south, cooks know a lot about comfort food, which means vegans aren’t too terribly common. However, Jenne’s recipes show how you can create food with flavor most don’t attribute to vegan recipes.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the Mushroom gravy and Vegan Mashed Potatoes.
Joy of Cooking
The Joy of Cooking is a classic cookbook found on the shelves of nearly every American cook – at least, they know of the recipes this book holds. While it’s impossible to narrow down the recipes in this book to one you must try, there are outstanding recipes in every category.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the Meyer lemon marmalade.
10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
Smoothie cleanses are very popular. Green smoothies have become more and more popular recently too, which means there’s been an increase in health-food charged smoothies and recipes. Getting all your nutrients from your smoothies may sound far fetched, but these recipes are wholesome and heavy on the fruits and veggies. Equipped with a shopping list and all, this smoothie book is a must-have if you’re embarking on a cleanse you want to commit to. These recipes will have you hooked.
If you’re going to try this book out, you’ll need to make the Berry Green smoothie.