Four Cookbooks to Have in Your Kitchen

While we love creating recipes and sharing those with you, we also love the occasional flip and find in some of our favorite household cookbooks. Today, I want to share with you four of our favorite go-to cookbooks that we feel you should consider picking up the next time you go to the bookstore.

The first cookbook was a gift and boy, does it keep on giving! Thug Kitchen is great for more reasons than one. It’s graphics are beautiful, the recipes are delicious and the text is HILIARIOUS while also educational. If you’re looking to transition to a more plant based diet, this is certainly worth checking out. From basic cooking knowledge all the way to beautifully prepared dishes, this book makes plant based eating fun and diverse. Some of my favorite recipes are sweet corn and green chile baked flautas (page 62) and how to make your own vegetable broth (page 86). Another great feature about this book are the portions the creator calls “Dropping Knowledge” and “Basic Sh*t” in which you’re able to learn basic kitchen and cooking skills. I urge you, get this book the next time you’re at the bookstore.

Our next cookbook is one I’ve had for years, chock full of great crock pot recipes for an easily cooked dinner. I’m sure you’ve had those days where the thought of coming home from work and making dinner just didn’t sound too exciting, however, throwing something in the crockpot early that morning and knowing it will be done by the time you get home makes you rest a little easier. Plus, it makes for a less stressful day. Some of my favorite recipes from Crock Pot Slow Cooker Recipes are Italian beef (page 54) and sweet and sour chicken (page 100). This cookbook is certainly worth having for the convenience alone.

Another great plant-based cookbook to have in your kitchen is Plant-Based on a Budget by Toni Okamoto. This cookbook is plant-based eating on a budget done exquisitely. I personally love the “My Tips” addition to each recipe giving you, the chef, the chance to write in what you might have done differently or what to remember about cooking the next time you recreate one of her recipes. Some of my favorite recipes from Okamoto’s book is her sick day soup (page 134) and her peanut butter ramen stir-fry (page 166). Delicious.

We saved the best for last. Raise your hand if you love cocktails!? Me too! Raise your hand again if you love woman empowerment and learning about women who have made history? ME TOO! Now, put those two things together and you have one of the greatest cocktail mixing guides of all time – Free The Tipple. I love this book for so many reasons. First because cocktails. Second because women. Kick ass women to be exact. This book has taken 60 different women and created a cocktail in their honor while also explaining who they are and why they are so kick ass. I kid you not, this book is brilliant. It’s illustrations are brilliant. The recipes are brilliant. The women are brilliant. I could go on. It is hard to choose a favorite recipe from this one because they are all delicious. If you don’t get any of the other cookbooks, get this one. Now can we cheers to all the greatness?

These are only a handful of cookbooks that we love to reference when we need to feel inspired. I’m sure there are others out there that we haven’t tried yet so we’d love to hear about your favorite go-to cookbooks. Leave a comment below or click on our ‘Let’s Talk Foodie’ tab to get in touch and tell us what’s good.

As always, we appreciate you being here. In case you haven’t heard it today – you’re awesome, you’re worthy, you’re kind, and you’re loved.

Until next time. Sending you peace, love and light.


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