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    23 Easy AF Cookbooks Anyone Who's Bad At Cooking Should Own

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    1. The Hungover Cookbook is exactly what everybody needs on Sunday morning when their brains are less than functional.

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    Promising Review: "This book is hysterical. It gives you actual easy recipes to help calm hangovers, and it gives you the science behind it." —Jay

    Get it on Amazon for $8.50 (hardcover). Also available in paperback.

    2. Instant Pot Obsession is great for anyone loving the pressure cooking trend, but who needs step-by-step instructions.

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    Promising Review: "I don't know how I made it this long without owning an instant pot. They are as great as you've heard. This book is straightforward and easy to replicate recipes." —Mark R. Hunsaker

    Get it on Amazon for $11.41 (hardcover). Also available in eBook. (And get an Instant Pot from Amazon for $99.95+.)

    3. Back to Basics, by everyone's all-time favorite, simplifies Ina's typically extravagant meals into more approachable dishes.

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    Promising Review: "Recipes are easy to put together on a weeknight, which I find immensely helpful. Easy to make, visually appealing, easy on the budget, and absolutely delicious." —E. Kandpal

    Get it on Amazon for $21.45 (hardcover) Also available in eBook.

    4. Good and Cheap was created for people living on food stamps, but is also widely used as a tool for strict budgeting without sacrificing healthy eating.

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    Promising Review: "I'm a college student, and received this book as a gift from my mother. As someone who was new to cooking on my own, this book completely changed the way I thought about cooking. Not only does this book provide easy, no-fuss recipes, it is basically a how-to book on how to cook and eat well. Leanne showed me that you don't need complicated ingredients to have an amazing meal." —Andra Smith

    Get it on Amazon for $10.48 (paperback). Also available in eBook and library binding.

    5. How to Cook Everything is exactly what it sounds like: a huge array of anything you can think of, in recipes that anyone can conquer.

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    Promising Review: "My 26-year-old son got one, as he wants to learn to cook now, LOL. It has wonderful ideas for cooking that are easy to follow for all age groups. It has a lot of valuable information for the kitchen." —Lori Hungate

    Get it on Amazon for $25.92 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    6. A Modern Way to Cook breaks vegetarians out of mundane routines and introduces fresh, exciting new recipes.

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    Promising Review: "Love that this book is filled with beautifully tempting and easy-to-prep vegetable recipes. My husband and I want more of our lunches and dinners to be vegetables only. This book is so well-organized that this will be an easy task for us." —Patty Louise

    Get it on Amazon for $23.71 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    7. Five Ingredient Recipes is pretty self-explanatory: Take an extremely small amount of groceries and turn 'em into something wonderful.

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    Promising Review: "It is 'fast and easy,' but also fun and simple. You can quickly page through it and find something that is easy to make and tastes great." —Rebecca Rentea

    Get it on Amazon for $15.93 (paperback). Also available in eBook.

    8. Joy of Cooking was a favorite of Julia Child's, and will transport you back to making meatballs with your mother.

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    Promising Review: "This is one cookbook that should be in every home. The recipes are straightforward, easy to follow, and delicious. The best cookbook I have ever owned." —Kokenny

    Get it on Amazon for $20.55 (hardcover). Also available in paperback.

    9. The Can't Cook Book will take you by the hand mid-panic attack and reassure you that you can, indeed, chop onions.

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    Promising Review: "Who's never cooked anything other than mac and cheese or toast before until now? ME! This book has helped me conquer my fear of the kitchen! It's simply a fantastic cookbook for beginners — she has nicely laid out kitchen essentials and their functions, and she really makes it easy to enjoy cooking." —Hashu Deikus

    Get it on Amazon for $15.24 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    10. The Healthy College Cookbook may be intended for students, but can easily be useful to the young adult cooking in their first small apartment.

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    Promising Review: "This book is what I've been looking for in a cookbook for a long time. It's hard to find cookbooks that really simplify things and make recipes as quick and easy as this book does. As someone who is easily intimidated by cooking nightly meals, this has really helped. I'd recommend it not just to college students, but to anyone living on their own or who wants simple, straightforward recipes to cook." —Emma

    Get it on Amazon for $10.27 (paperback). Also available in eBook.

    11. Thug Kitchen 101 teaches you how to be a bad-ass in the kitchen with one baby step at a time.

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    Promising Review: "Recipes are quick and easy, and there are lots of hints and tricks if you are newer to cooking. Well laid out, and the symbols of ease of freezing, gluten-free, etc., are very helpful" —Elizabeth

    Get it on Amazon for $18.35 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    12. One Pot comes from the authorities of all things cooking to help us lazy folk fancily dump everything into the same bowl.

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    Promising Review: "I think this would be a great gift for a college student or young adult who is just starting to cook for themselves. But I've been cooking for many years, and still have found this book very helpful." —DJP

    Get it on Amazon for $17.96 (paperback). Also available in spiral-bound and eBook.

    13. Lucky Peach is for the repeat Seamless offender who wants to learn how to master the art of replacing takeout.

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    Promising Review: "I adore this book. Zero pretense. Just some really easy, fun, tasty food. There are all kinds of recipes in here that assume you're on the impatient side, like a recipe for Soy Sauce Kimchi that's ready in an hour." —Jennifer Guerrero

    Get it on Amazon for $23.79 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    14. Quick and Easy makes healthy recipes actually approachable with clear instructions and accessible ingredients.

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    Promising Review: "This cookbook has delicious recipes that are easy and use ingredients that are already in your pantry!" —hutch

    Get it on Amazon for $20.79 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    15. Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking is for the budding vegan who's also dipping their toe in that gluten-free life.

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    Promising Review: "I have never been disappointed in any of her recipes. They are easy enough to make, use ingredients that are easy to find, and most importantly, are delicious." —Nature Lover

    Get it on Amazon for $23.79 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    16. The "I Don't Know How To Cook" Book makes sure every instruction is fool-proof for the person who messes up boiling water.

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    Promising Review: "Easy to read and find what you are looking for. This is a great starting point for learning to cook. I am just starting out in the kitchen, and there were enough recipes to get me started and help put me in ease." —W. Dietrich

    Get it on Amazon for $13.59 (hardcover).

    17. Damn Delicious offers fast recipes for the person on the go, but who also wants to enjoy their meals.

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    Promising Review: "I am just tearing through these recipes. I don't have much time during the week to cook, and these recipes help me cook for the week easily. They are quick and easy." —Drago

    Get it on Amazon for $19.42 (paperback). Also available in eBook.

    18. The Cake Bible is the holy grail to anyone who wants to become a master baker without the culinary degree.

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    Promising Review: "Rose is the best when it comes to cake cookbooks! I love this cookbook. My favorite cake is the Chocolate Domingo! Such a quick and easy chocolate cake, but the results are heavenly!" —K. jones

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    19. Easy Gourmet teaches you how to throw a killer dinner party without the meltdowns and overpriced groceries.

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    Promising Review: "An excellent cookbook with a beautiful, large, full-page photo for each recipe that makes you want to try creating everything! The recipes are easy to follow and properly formatted. The book opens flat so you don't lose your page." —H. Mera

    Get it on Amazon for $17.40 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    20. 100 Recipes is literally that many creations for anyone who's yet to get down the basics of cooking.

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    Promising Review: "Everything you'd want as a beginner cook from mouthwatering pictures to easy instructions. It's an incredible variety of recipes from Thai to Italian to down home southern." —Sarah N Austin

    Get it on Amazon for $23.53 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    21. Easy Mexican Food Favorites lets you live your best, cheesy life without constantly eating out.

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    Promising Review: "Love this cookbook! Easy to read and understand! Everything I've tried has been excellent, and my family loved it!" —d anderson

    Get it on Amazon for $12.40 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    22. Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook understands that not everyone is Ratatouille, and needs simplified versions of refined culinary.

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    Promising Review: "Elegant enough for dinner with friends, but so simple, too! And the taste is AMAZING! I enjoy the stories throughout the cookbook, too." —Cheryl Watkins

    Get it on Amazon for $17.97 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

    23. The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School is your 101 to gaining critical skills that'll last a lifetime.

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    Promising Review: "I absolutely love this cooking book. I am a novice cook, and the recipes and instructions here are super easy to follow, and the photography is beautiful, too!" —JWSNYC

    Get it on Amazon for $21.32 (hardcover). Also available in eBook.

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