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    24 Of The Best Cookbooks You Can Get On Amazon

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    1. Cooking for Jeffrey, by the iconic Ina Garten, shares the recipes the Barefoot Contessa star loves making for her husband Jeffrey, and their very lucky friends.


    Notable recipes include maple-roasted carrot salad, roasted salmon tacos, brisket with onions and leeks, kale salad with pancetta and pecorino, apple pie bars, and vanilla rum panna cotta with salted caramel. Pictured right: filet mignon with mustard and mushrooms.

    Promising review: "Ina could write a shopping list and I would read it! Wait... she pretty much did that in this book. Very easy recipes with delicious payoffs. One of my go-to books for casual dinner guests." —History Guy

    Price: $6.99/Kindle, $25.74/hardcover

    2. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook will basically be your ticket on the Hogwarts Express because it'll help you make all the meals you've read about in the most famous book series of our time.


    Some notable recipes include treacle tart, Molly's meat pies, and Kreacher's French onion soup. Pictured right: pumpkin pasties.

    Promising review: "I LOVE IT, I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that. I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways the recipes are phenomenal, especially the pies! It's pretty basic sometimes, it's more European-type cuisine, so if you don't like haggis, liver, lamb, or other English/Scottish dishes, etc., then these recipes aren't for you. The book references are cute, and I vaguely remember some of them. My younger siblings go crazy when I make anything from this book because they love Harry Potter." —Tigerlily

    Price: Free/Kindle Unlimited, $11.97/hardcover

    3. Chloe Flavor might just turn even the most stubborn of carnivores into plant-obsessed diners, because they won't even notice the lack of meat or dairy product in their food.


    Some notable recipes include smoky grits and greens, mango-guacamole crunch burgers, almond butter berry bowls, cinnamon roll pancakes, peanut kale crunch salad, and sea salted chocolate chunk cookies. Pictured right: General Tso's Tofu.

    Promising review: "I've been a fan of Chloe for years, and have all of her cookbooks. Though I recommend all of them, this one is quickly becoming my favorite of the four. I've been using the recipes all week for dinner for myself and my omnivore husband, and we both approve on taste. The few breakfast recipes I've tried have been good as well, and my book is filled with dog-eared pages of recipes we'd still like to try." —B-Veg

    Price: $14.99/Kindle, $15.96/hardcover

    4. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook is perfect for those who are in college, or living in their first apartment, or live alone and have super hectic lifestyles. Save $$ you might normally spend on delivery, and easily whip up a nutritious meal with minimal ingredients.


    Some notable recipes include classic French toast, no-bake energy balls, mozzarella sticks, Greek pita sandwiches, Thai chicken ramen, and creamy chicken and mushroom fettuccine.

    Promising review: "This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn to cook — or to prepare uncomplicated, healthy meals, at any age. It's a combination of recipes and techniques which you can then adapt to your own diet, food preferences, or ingredients on-hand. Not only perfect for a college student, it's full of ideas for more nutritious meals on the run, at a weekend getaway, or even camping." —Hil

    Price: Free/Kindle, $12.31/paperback

    5. Cravings: Hungry for More, by the legen...wait for it...dary Chrissy Teigen combines the star's humor and her love of unique, but comforting flavors in this follow-up to her first highly-rated Cravings book.


    Some notable recipes include roasted carrot and avocado salad with lime dressing, shake and bake chicken with hot honey, everything bagel cream cheese breakfast bake, and pad thai carbonara. Pictured right: Twitter's (and Uncle Mike's) banana bread.

    Promising review: "I have always been a picky eater, but when I ordered the first Cravings book, I was pleasantly surprised by how many dishes I was willing to try. As soon as I saw the second book was going to be released, I knew I had to purchase it. The recipes in this book check all the right boxes for me: comfort and flavor coupled with Chrissy's sense of humor. The pictures are vibrant, and the recipes go into great detail for those who may not know their way around a kitchen. My only question is when is book number three coming out??!!" —Nikole Marie

    Price: $15.99/Kindle, $20.99/hardcover

    6. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is gonna teach you more than just a bunch of great recipes (and when I say great, I really mean GREAT). It'll also provide deep insights into literally mastering cooking using the four elements, AKA its title. You're about to become a professional chef, baby.


    Some notable recipes include grilled onigri, soy-braised short ribs, basil pesto, buttermilk roast chicken, and miso-cured eggs. Pictured right: fettuccini Alfredo.

    Promising review: "Best text about cooking I've ever read. It's both logical and fun, so the lessons will stick. I'd call it perfectly balanced, like a great meal. After reading the first several pages, I went poking around, only to discover that I was invited back to the beginning. You see, the book is about the 'journey, not the destination.' It's clever, witty, helpful, intuitive, and altogether a pleasure to read." —Pamela

    Price: $19.99/Kindle, Free/Audiobook, $22.50/hardcover, $19.85/audio CD

    7. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book is gonna have you eating burgers for dayzzz — inspired by the cartoon, each burger recipe comes with a punny name.,

    Some notable recipes include New Bacon-Ings burger, If Looks Could Kale burger, Poutine On The Ritz burger, Sweaty Palms burger, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Zucchini burger, and Sweet Home Avocado burger. Pictured right: I've Created A Muenster burger.

    Promising review: "This cookbook is better than it has any right to beef. It's not only a gouda read, but it has egg-cellent recipes. It's a great topic piece at patties, too. Make sure you pickle this up, you'll relish it for years to cumin." —David

    Price: $13.56/hardcover

    8. BuzzFeed's Tasty Ultimate will show you step-by-step how to make deliciously creative meals and snacks, and we're not biased or anything, but we think these recipes are super yummy, or, shall we say... tasty?!


    Some notable recipes include fried egg pizza, salmon poke bowl, Nashville hot turkey tenders, skirt steak with charred chimichurri sauce, mozzarella stick onion rings, and molten lava brownies.

    Promising review: "I got this book for my cousin for Christmas. She is a Pinterest fanatic and is constantly creating fun snacks and desserts. She was so excited when she opened this up and instantly found some recipes she wanted to try. She loves the tips and tricks it listed as well. For young or new cooks, I recommend this book. Simple but classic recipes, clear instructions, easy-to-find ingredients, and a lot of the recipes have videos online as well." —Sarah K

    Price: $15.99/Kindle, $19.49/hardcover

    9. Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking helps you cook up a storm with the famous chef's scrumptious recipes — don't worry, Ramsay isn't included with purchase of the book, so he won't be there to judge you if you make a mistake.

    Some notable recipes include miso braised salmon fillet with asian vegetables, pork and bacon slider with homemade bbq sauce, curried sweetcorn soup, wild mushroom risotto arrancini, and baked lemon cheesecake with raspberries.

    Promising review: "Very informative book with several interesting, challenging, rewarding, and tasty recipes that will last you for years. There's not a single bad recipe in this book that I've made yet. All recipes mostly use common household goods and appliances. Furthermore, some of these recipes are on his YouTube channel, so you can get a quick look at the steps needed if you're more of a visual learner." —Griffin Wiebel

    Price: $12.99/Kindle, $25.95/hardcover

    10. Eat Like a Gilmore will do exactly what the title says: have you eating like Lorelai and Rory with an array of fun recipes influenced by the television show.


    Some notable recipes include salmon puffs, risotto, chilaquiles, macaroni & cheese in a jalapeño-chipotle cream sauce, pumpkin pancakes, rocky road cookies, caramel marshmallow chocolate chunk cookies, and the birthday girl cocktail. Pictured right: apple tarts.

    Promising review: "This cookbook is freaking awesome. I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan, and would watch every week, or whenever I could catch an episode, back in the days before DVR. The binding, the photography, the pages — it's just all so gorgeous. Every recipe I could think of while watching the show is in here." —C. Stout

    Price: $1.99/Kindle, $17.49/hardcover

    11. The Hungover Cookbook offers some motivation to get you and your pounding head out of bed after a night of fun, and start feeling like yourself again in no time. Plus, it features other fun things like quizzes to see if you're actually still drunk, mind games (don't worry, ones your hungover mind can actually deal with), jokes, and some interesting facts about the science behind hangovers.

    Some notable recipes include Anna and Tommy's Mexican breakfast, the breakfast burger, potato hash with avocado and bacon, scrambled eggs with caramelized onion and feta cheese, and the Elvis Presley peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich.

    Promising review: "I bought this gift for a friend who loves to cook and go out drinking, so it was the PERFECT gift. I love the humor and the attitude that having a hangover is an opportunity to cook great food!" —Redbhone

    Price: $8.50/hardcover, $6.58/paperback

    12. The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook might just make you stop cringing at the words "meal prep." I mean, really, no one enjoys meal prep, even those who like cooking. But this is gonna have you feeling organized and less overwhelmed.


    Some notable recipes include slow-cooker white chicken chili, tart cherry-almond breakfast cookies, blackberry-lemon overnight oats, grilled asian steak salad with soy-sesame dressing, roasted trout with green olive tapenade, and homemade trail mix. Pictured right: chopped salad with feta and lentils.

    Promising review: "Having personally worked with clients as a registered dietitian, I can attest that most of the difficulty in getting one to reach their health goals is not just eating healthier, but preparing and having the right foods stocked, so that when hunger hits, you’re prepared. My favorite part of the whole book is the step-by-step process for Sunday meal preps. Choosing a day to commit to your shopping, prepping, cooking, and storing is no joke. In many way, this is meal prepping in a nutshell, but Toby makes it easy and fun, (believe it or not), because the organization is already done for you. Just follow each step for how to put your meals together for the week, and chances are you won’t go hungry. Lastly, the book provides three meal plans to choose from — weight loss, clean eating, and building muscle. Pick your goal and head to those recipes, easy peasy." —Manuel F Villacorta

    Price: Free/Kindle Unlimited, $12.79/paperback

    13. Appetites: A Cookbook, by the late and great Anthony Bourdain, is filled with an assortment of recipes the chef thought everyone should know how to cook.


    Some notable recipes include açaí bowls, the grill bitch's bar nuts, chicken satay with fake-ass spicy peanut sauce, New England clam chowder, and Korean fried chicken. Pictured right: lasagna bolognese.

    Promising review: "I love to cook and have many, many great cookbooks. The ones I like best are the ones with classic, unpretentious no-nonsense, straightforward recipes that I can accomplish successfully. That is exactly what this book has, along with whimsy humor and interesting photography. I absolutely love it. It's a Christmas gift for my 22-year-old son and his girlfriend who are avid learners in the kitchen. I’m going to order another one for myself." —GRAINNE SALINO

    Price: $10.99/Kindle, $26.43/hardcover

    14. The I Quit Sugar Cookbook will show you it's really not too bad to live a sugar-free lifestyle. There are still so many flavorful foods for you to savor, and this book will serve as the perfect way to ease into the sugar-free lifestyle.


    Some notable recipes include bacon 'n' egg quinoa oatmeal, caramelized leek, apple and rosemary socca, two-minute desk noodles, red velvet crunch bowl, and chocolate peanut butter crackles.

    Promising review:
    "First of all, the photography is beautiful! I really learned so much about food prep and proper storage from this book. I have been cooking for years and am inspired when I find out new things. The recipes are definitely different and interesting. If you are cutting out sugar, then this is for you. I made the cauliflower popcorn last week and hubby loved it so much! He picked up two heads of cauliflower so I can make more!" —Charligirl

    Price: $1.99/Kindle, $20.52/paperback

    15. Instant Pot Cookbook might make you exclusively use your Instant Pot for the rest of forever — with 500 simple, mouthwatering recipes, this is one book all future/current Instant Pot owners are gonna want... no, NEED.


    Some notable recipes include cajun chicken with rice, cream cheese chicken, turkey meatballs, braised duck with potato, and cheese steak. Pictured right: shrimp curry. If you're in the market for an Instant Pot, get one from Amazon.

    Promising review: "I wanted an Instant Pot to be able to cook real food during busy times rather than being tempted by pre-packaged or take-out food. A majority of the recipes that I have seen from other sources have ingredients like cans of soup or dry mixes that I would never use. Other books also have so many exotic ingredients that most home cooks don't have on-hand. This book has so many recipes that use real food and ingredients that I either already have on-hand or would also use for multiple recipes. There is nothing more frustrating than buying a bunch of spices that will only be used for one recipe that you may never make again. The book is organized in a way to easily find what you are interested in cooking." —Kay Robbins

    Price: Free/Kindle Unlimited, $10.30/paperback

    16. Delish: Eat Like Every Day's the Weekend will make the weekday wayyy more bearable, knowing you have flavorful recipes awaiting you at home. Weekend eating is the best eating, why make it stop Monday through Friday?!


    Some notable recipes include quesadilla cake, chicken fried cauliflower, egg-in-a-hole burgers, mermaid lemonade, margarita cupcakes, and cookie dough cheesecake. Pictured right: S'mores Bake.

    Promising review: "The Delish editors managed to make this book a delight to read! The recipes are inventive and delicious, and the photos are beautiful. Every turn of the page brings more gasps of 'I want to make that!' The little stories that accompany the recipes are a fun addition, too. You can tell this was a labor of love for all of the Delish team! Would make a wonderful gift! P.S. — The S’mores Bake was a big hit!" —Charlene M. Ramsey

    Price: $16.99/Kindle, $19.49/hardcover

    17. The Geeky Chef Cookbook is perfect for the fandom-fanatic who'll be super excited to bring the meals from their favorite books, television shows, and movies to life.


    Some notable recipes include Doctor Who fish fingers and custard, The Hunger Games lamb stew with plums, The Avengers shawarma, Minecraft cake block, South Park chocolate salty balls, and Harry Potter butter beer.

    Promising review: "Really fun and good cookbook. I love how many different fan bases this appeals to. From Hunger Games, to Harry Potter, to Narnia, to Zelda, to Star Trek, and so much more! I’m gifting it to my newlywed sister and her husband, and with such a range of recipes, I’m confident they’ll both find recipes they’ll be excited about. I just hope they invite me over for some cauldron cakes." —BNB

    Price: $10.99/Kindle, $7.46/flexibound

    18. The Dude Diet will have you whipping up recipes that look and taste so good, you're honestly gonna forget that they're also nutritious.


    Some notable recipes include "Taco Bell" beef tacos, chicken shawarma with garlicky yogurt sauce, Cherry Garcia milkshake, trashed-up turkey burgers, and nutty chocolate brookies. Pictured right: chocolate chip banana pancakes.

    Promising review: "I love rich, indulgent gourmet meals, but I'm a busy mom on a budget. I don't have time to go looking for specialty ingredients. I also need foods that are simple, flavorful, and nutritious that the whole family can relate to. This book delivers just that. I have made four meals from this book, and each one has been better than the last. My 12-year-old didn't even realize she was eating quinoa." —S. Lejeune

    Price: $1.99/Kindle, $16.68/hardcover

    19. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, by the lovely Joanna Gaines, will keep you and your tummy happy with her family favorite recipes and comfort meals that are perfect for whipping up for your own family, or preparing for a get-together with friends.


    Some notable recipes include asparagus and fontina quiche, Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and balsamic reduction, peach Caprese, overnight French toast, white cheddar bisque, fried chicken with sticky poppy seed jam, and lemon pie. Pictured right: Gaines Brothers Burgers with bacon-tomato sweet drip jam.

    Promising review: "I just got the cookbook last week but so far I’m impressed. It has a good variety of recipes with simple ingredients that are easy to find or you probably already have. I made banana bread this morning, and it is delicious! It was easy to make and turned out exactly as I hoped. It’s nice when a cookbook has ingredients that are simple, and not weird that you have to go to specialty stores to get. Looking forward to making more!!" —Molly E. Lippincott

    Price: $14.99/Kindle, $17.98/hardcover

    20. Edibles, a collection of 30-bite size treats you can infuse with cannabis that'll seriously upgrade you from yet ANOTHER weed brownie.


    Some notable recipes include roasted beet hummus, duck meatball sliders, spiced superfood truffles, peach and ginger ale float, herb pesto, espresso chocolate coating, whipped cream topping, and strawberry jam pavlovas. Pictured right: negroni jelly candy.

    Promising review: "Every recipe is an absolute delight. Removing the negative stigma associated with cannabis, Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll bring cannabis cooking to the next level and exactly where it should be — sophisticated, chic, and DELICIOUS. I cannot wait to gift this book to all the cannabis-lover chefs I know! The concentration on low-dose small bites is the perfect introduction for any novice, and keeps anyone like me, (high tolerance, big appetite), under control. I highly recommend this book and the recipes across the board!" —L Riggs

    $8.40/Kindle, $13.49/hardcover

    21. The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking promises to basically transform your kitchen into a fancy schmancy bakery filled with sweet and savory cakes, pastries, puddings, pies, and more.


    Some notable recipes include sticky gingerbread, Somerset apple tart, little crab soufflés, blueberry and lemon bread pudding, Irish brack, and Digestives.

    Promising review: "Love this cookbook!! My family and I love making recipes from this book! It’s a great cookbook, even if you haven’t watched the show. It has a huge variety of recipes, from savory to sweet, and they’re all different levels of difficulty, so this book is still amazing for a beginner baker." —Nel

    Price: $17.99/Kindle, $32.92/hardcover

    22. From Crook to Cook contains classic recipes, as well as fun twists on favorites. Plus, some cool snack and drink recipes, because Snoop is all about that balanced diet, obvs.


    Some notable recipes include billionaire's bacon, OG chicken and waffles, Bow Wow brownies and ice cream, baked mac & cheese, fried bologna sandwiches, soft flour tacos, and easy orange chicken.

    Promising review: "I gave this to my sister for Christmas and it was so well received. My whole family laughed, and my sister who was once a huge Snoop Dogg fan, (she is now a wife with two kids), thought it was so good! As she flipped through the book, she seem to enjoy the recipes and thought they would do well in her kitchen, and with the kids." —Sunniva Andersen

    Price: $9.60/Kindle, $22.46/hardcover

    23. The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes caters to hungry Jedis by offering the best recipes in the galaxy.


    Some notable recipes include C-3PO pancakes, Oola-la French Toast, Han-Burgers, Jedi Juice Bars, boba Fett-Uccine, Princess Leia Danish Dos, and Wookiee Cookies.

    Promising review: "Star Wars fans will love this cookbook filled with recipes that incorporate various Star Wars names into the recipe name. The book features some really nice photography using action figures. Very entertaining for fans. But the other really nice thing about this cookbook is the recipes are actually good. It's not just a novelty cookbook, as the recipes are well thought-out and very delicious. The Wookiee Cookies are my favorite — enjoy!!" —dansp91

    Price: $8.40/Kindle, $13.98/hardcover-spiral, $14.57/spiral-bound

    24. And Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist lets you treat yourself to a creative cocktail and some bar bites based off of literary classics, as a reward for all of your hard work cooking up a storm with your new cookbooks.


    Some notable drink recipes include The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, The Last of the Mojitos, Love in the Time of Kahlua, Romeo and Julep, A Rum of One's Own, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita, and Vermouth the Bell Tolls.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cousin as a birthday gift because she is a book nerd and likes to DRANK, ya know? Anyways, she loved it! I think it is a really cool thing to have on your bookshelf even if you don't make the recipes. Super clever." —Beth Hogan

    Price: $9.99/Kindle, $12.33/hardcover, $7.99/digital

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