Six Cookbooks to Help you Start Eating Clean
It was the running joke amongst my family and friends that I could not cook.
‘She could burn a salad.’
‘Does she know how to boil water?’
‘Don’t bother asking Alex, she doesn’t know how to make anything.’
They weren’t far for the truth. Cooking seemed like such a hard thing to master. In hindsight, I never really took the time to learn.
Once I got married, I had to learn. Our budget and waistline didn’t allow for us to eat out daily.
I received one cookbook as a wedding gift that started me on my path to being a homecook. From there, my confidence grew, and throwing in ingredients without measurements or simply using a recipe to follow started to become more natural.
Fast forward five years later.
I have since taken a more mindful approach to what I make and eat. Therefor, my cooking styles and mindset has changed. I still have an arsenal of cookbooks that have helped me grow and learn along the way. They are tattered, stained, and completely adored. I still open them up in times of dinnertime desperation. I sit down and read them like novels. My cookbooks are my treasures.
I know a lot of people use the internet to find recipes. It’s a handy little thing. I often find myself in the depths of Pinterest scouring for a perfect muffin recipe just like everybody else. But when you really find a good cookbook, it becomes part of your kitchen. The book knows to open up to that one recipe that is a surefire winner every time because you have made it so many times. It holds the cookie crumbs from when you made cookies with your son last winter. It absorbs the stains from spilled vanilla in it’s spine.
A good cookbook holds your cooking story within its pages.
I highly recommend checking out any of these real, whole foods minded cookbooks if you are struggling to feel inspired in the kitchen, or just want to add new recipes to your arsenal.
Is it too dramatic to say that this book is life changing? Reading this book was like a getting a hug from your favorite grandma as she said, ‘it’s ok to eat butter,’ ‘it’s ok to use heavy cream.’ Thank you grandma, thank you.
This is for the DIYers out there. I didn’t use as many meal recipes from this book compared to others, but it did inspire me to start making a lot of my staples from scratch. I went on a major canning, and homemade jam kick after getting my hands on this. It really did give me the confidence to give these seemingly daunting homemade staples a try. You can see my Homemade Butter recipe is adapted from this book.
This was paleo cookbook numero uno for me. I can say for certain that this cookbook taught me that eating primal was not all about big hunks of steak and giving up all your favorite grub. She showed me how to still make my house smell of muffins, and still make “sandwiches” for my kids while eating well and feeling great. If you are looking for an excellent introductory cookbook on the paleo diet, I highly recommend any of her cookbooks.
Sloppy Joes. Brownies. Cuban paninis. Chocolate chip cookies. Need I say more?
5. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime
So again with Danielle WAlker. I swear if I saw her and Beyonce in the same room I would probably be more likely to ask Danielle for an autograph. Walker’s second book is even more delicious than the first. I have no preference between the two but Meals Made Simple expands on some of her most beloved recipes in her first book.
6. Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time
I have only had this books for 6 months and already some of the pages are falling out from me using it so much. I have made their zucchini lasagna more times then I can count and the recipe for cashew ricotta is a game changer. This books uses the cleanest ingredients but maximizes fruit and vegetable combinations to maximize the health benefits. It is gluten and dairy free but you wouldn’t know it from the way all the food tastes. If you are just starting down a gluten and dairy free path, or looking for ways to use lots of veggies and healthy grains in your diet, I highly recommend this one. Hundreds of recipes that will ensure you don’t get bored quickly.
What’s your favorite cookbook? Any I should try? I am always in the market. Comment below and let me know!