08/20/12 - 0 Comments
Top Ten Cookbooks We Love
When summer reading rolls around, fiction books seem to top the list. Anything by Nora Roberts and Emily Giffin cannot be avoided, but how about something a little more domestic? Cookbooks will certainly keep you busy if you want to do more than just read—with hundreds of recipes to choose from, your stomach and soul will be satisfied. Here are our top ten recommendations:
Deliciously G-Free by Elisabeth Hasselbeck: The title says it all: this cookbook showcases deliciously gluten-free recipes! From the table in The View to the table in your kitchen, talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck shares her secrets in successful gluten-free cooking. From pulled pork sliders to lasagna and hamburgers, you’d be surprised at the creative solutions of a gluten-free diet.
Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe: Cruelty-free and clean eating is all the rage these days. However, having access to the perfect recipe for that special occasion demands a special reference. This new resource, which just came out in mid-August, provides 300 mouth-watering recipes, which are completely plant-based! Forks Over Knives reveals the possibilities of losing weight and preventing disease, while keeping creative and causing no harm. It’s a quadruple win. Highly recommended for any health-conscious friends of yours…Pair it with the film for extra education.
100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know by Cindi Leive and Glamour Magazine: Packed with hilarious titles such as, “He Stayed over Omelet” and “Impress a Crowd Fries,” the editors of Glamour magazine showcase recipes that any lady should know. This book is a must for every woman, and it cannot be put down—Cindi Leive and her team of editors know exactly what a woman should cook for herself, her boyfriend or for a party. It’s like mom between two covers.
Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman: The mastermind behind one of fashion’s most visited blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere finally turned into a book. There are two passions Emily Schuman is always blogging about: fashion and food. This book is a guide to making everything a bit prettier, happier and sweeter.
The Dukan Diet Cookbook by Dr. Pierre Dukan: It’s one of the most talked-about cookbooks in the world. Following The Dukan Diet, a book raved over by Kate Middleton and Dr. Oz, The Dukan Diet Cookbook is a recipe-only book, providing “350 simple and delicious recipes.” After reading The Dukan Diet, its partner, The Dukan Diet Cookbook, illustrates the recipes needed to put this slimming plan into practice.
Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson: When you think of an all-American diner, you probably think of hearty hamburgers and french fries, sky-high sodas and ice cream sundaes with the works. There is nothing vegan about diner food–until now. Take home this full-color, diner-inspired cookbook and create some classic dishes that reflect a ’50s menu, minus the meanness. From pancakes to mac ‘n’ cheese, Vegan Diner covers everyone’s favorites! We especially enjoy the Cinnamon Orange Rolls and Fluffy Biscuits. With the latter we paired the Hollandaise Sauce with Tarragon and White Wine. Yum times three. As for the former, all we can say is wow. And one thing that went over well at a holiday party last year was the Quick & Hearty Chili. No one knew the difference, and yet it was completely kind, no meat needed. We recommend this for fussy flesh diehards. They’ll be bowled over by the deliciousness.
Talking With My Mouth Full by Gail Simmons: Known for being a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts, Gail Simmons presents this memoir-meets-cookbook. She spent her twenties jumping from college grad to culinary school grad and, having been an assistant to food critic Jeffrey Steingarten, she is now part of the events team at Food and Wine magazine. Talking With My Mouth Full brings recipes from her childhood to this day.
Hungry Girl by Lisa Lillien: Hungry Girl started as an advice website for women who are hungry but don’t know what to eat. Although she is not a professional nutritionist, Lisa Lillien knows what women want and understands the body and financial struggles we all come up against. Not only has Hungry Girl turned into a book (along with a collection of several other books), but you can catch the funny and cute food show on the Food Network. The book has seen great success in helping women find something tasty to eat anywhere, anytime.
Babycakes and Babycakes Covers the Classics by Erin McKenna: These two books may seem like your favorite baking cookbooks, with lots of pink and sugar. Don’t let these desserts fool you, though—Babycakes presents recipes that are gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free! If you are suffering from certain allergies, these books will surely bring the joy back to baking. Named after the popular vegan bakery in New York City, Erin McKenna has food sensitivities herself, and created these books to help satisfy our inner sweet tooth without the worry.
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