Favorite Cookbooks

You may or may not know that I have a slight cookbook collection. Okay, maybe it’s more like an obsession. As in, at last count I had over 200 different cookbooks. I know, I have a problem.

That said, the most common question people ask me when they find out I have so many is inevitably if I use them all. While I can’t say I’ve tried something from every cookbook, there are many I reach for again and again, and I thought I’d share some of those favorites with you today. This is nowhere near all of them, but some of the ones I reach for most and some new favorites!

Favorite Cookbooks

Williams-Sonoma Quick Slow Cooking – This is actually a recent add to my collection, and was a gift from Chris. We’ve been trying to incorporate more slow cooker recipes into our mealplans, but the challenge is that lots of them seem to require browning beforehand, lots of prep, etc. This one doesn’t have much of that and is true to it’s title – QUICK. We haven’t tried any of these recipes yet, but a few I have bookmarked are Tangy Braised Brisket, Maple-Braised Pork Chops, and Chicken and White Bean Chili.

Cooking Light Way to Cook – I’ve had this one a while and love it – there’s lots of information in addition to recipes. My absolute favorite Banana-Oatmeal Bread is from this book!

Weight Watchers What to Cook Now – A LOT of my cookbooks are Weight Watchers ones, and this one is so versatile – there are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ideas in here. The Proscuitto and Arugula pizza is one of my favorites in here.

Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh and Fast – One of the things I love about this cookbook is that it’s divided into seasons – it’s so helpful when trying to shop seasonal produce. One of my favorites is actually in the fall section – Fall Vegetable risotto with Blue Cheese. Yum.

A Taste of Virginia Tech – Well, if you know me at all, you are not surprised at all by this. My alma mater is known for our phenomenal food, both on and off campus (we serve lobster in dining halls – we’re THAT good). It’s pretty amazing to be able to recreate West End’s Wraps and cookies and Gillie’s Banana Walnut French Toast.

The SkinnyTaste Cookbook – I’ve been reading Gina’s blog, Skinnytaste, for years, and I was so excited when her cookbook came out! Everything I’ve tried from here has been great, just like the ones on her blog. Just trust me.

Weight Watchers Cook It Fast – This one is true to its title. It’s divided up into sections based on how much time you have, then divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. There’s a cobb salad in here that’s on my list to try, and the Fettuccine with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Tomatoes is delicious.

Cooking Light Dinner’s Ready – I love that this one focuses on dinner, and some of our favorites come from this one – Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Spicy Asian Chicken with Noodles. A great one for dinners (obviously)!

Williams-Sonoma Healthy in a Hurry – This one is exactly what it says, and has a lot of great ways in incorporate healthy ingredients in your meals. One of my favorites in this on is the Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Well, you know this had to be there. I actually have all three of Ree Drummond’s books and the only reason I haven’t pre-ordered her fourth is because it comes out around my birthday and I have a feeling it’s my birthday present from my mom. Ree is the best. Her stuff isn’t really healthy, but it’s good. And sometimes, you just need some amazing Macaroni and Cheese.

Do you have a cookbook obsession too, or is it just me? What are your favorites?

(Note: There are affiliate links in this post, but I would write about these books anyway. I love them!) 

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Jess Beer is a full-time working mom of two girls who writes about motherhood, wellness, easy meals and style.

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  1. Oh snap, I’m totally going to write about my favorite cookbooks sometime soon—what a great idea! While i LOVE pinterest, I adore real cookbooks. Heh…we have so many that they have their own bookcase just for them (it’s a slight problem). I have a ton of WW books from the last time I did the program, but it’s a little annoying because i need to still figure out all the PP+ since they’ve changed the program since I bought them. I love a lot of Gina’s recipes from SkinnyTaste, so I may need to put that on my Christmas list this year (actually, putting it on there right now)!

    1. Um, I should really send you a photo of all my cookbooks. They have their own 5 x 5 Ikea Expedit. Not kidding. 🙂

  2. LOVE this! Don’t worry, you’re not alone!! I’m a TERRIBLE cook, and I know very little about cooking, but I’m obsessed with cook books. My fiancé and i will be moving into our new house in a few months and I keep talking about is how excited I am to have a kitchen to try new recipes in. I just actually ordered 5 or 6 Williams Sonoma cookbooks. LOVE them. They’re so pretty. Thanks for sharing your faves! I’ll be bookmarking for sure! xoxo, Kayla http://www.lostgenygirl.com

  3. Haha omg, over 200?! You ARE obsessed 😉 I love them too though- it’s so fun flipping through the pages and finding new, yummy things to make. I love love LOVE my crockpot so I might need to get that quick slow cooking one you mentioned. I’m always up for new recipe ideas! I’d had the Pioneer Woman’s books on my Amazon wish list for awhile now but never pulled the trigger. Maybe a Christmas present this year?! 🙂

    1. Hahaha, I am. I’m a little crazy about them, and I definitely prefer a hard copy to an electronic one. There’s just something about them, you know?

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