As Christmas approaches, I thought I might share a few lists of my favorite things… so if you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who loves cook, bake, decorate cakes, etc. then maybe I can help! To start if off, I thought I’d share My
5 6 Most Favorite Cookbooks. I really planned to only list 5, but then I have this new one that I wanted to mention also, so I’m switching to 6.
Now I know this is a baking blog and most often I’m sharing cakes and cookies and goodies like that, but these are my most favorite all-around cookbooks that I use on and off weekly to get new ideas for meals, appetizers, desserts or anything else!
If you have a cook in your family that loves good, down-to-earth cookbooks, these will be perfect!
ONUS: Amazon released a coupon code good for 30% off any one book and you could use it on any one of these cookbooks! Use coupon code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off the price of any book on Amazon! This coupon code excludes Kindle books and audiobooks.
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 15th Edition. So this is my most worn cookbook. In fact, I have the 11th edition right now (not the exact one linked to), but the original one I got when we got married was many editions before that and I used it so often that the pages were falling out all over the place.
During one of our many moves, it was destroyed beyond repair so I was updated to the 11th edition. Some of the most used pages are pretty worn out with the newer one too, but it’s still hanging on! I love the BH&G cookbooks because of all of the super basic information included. It has a section on cooking basics, measurements, cuts of meat, microwaving tips, and all kinds of helpful information related to each recipe category (candy making tips and how to adjust bread recipes for bread machines, etc.). Anyway – it was one of my first cookbooks as an adult and still one of my favorites!
Favorite Recipes: While I tinker with a lot of the recipes now, many of my recipes start with a BH&G recipe as my “base”… such as Chili, Apple Pie, Red Beans & Rice, Banana Bread, Stuffed Shells, Barbecue Sauce, etc. I could go on and on. This cookbook is a great reference and a staple in my kitchen!
I’m grouping these next 3 together, but they really are some of my most used cookbooks… all by Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. I know, I know, you’d think I’d have more variety in my life, but when you’ve got a good thing, why change it up?
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. After buying this cookbook a few years back, I proceeded to buy copies of it for every woman on my Christmas list that year. I love, love, love this cookbook and it’s my most used PW cookbook. Even after getting the newer ones, I still go back to this one most often! Favorite recipes: Cinnamon Rolls, Egg-in-the-Hole (I didn’t really need a recipe for this, but my 3 oldest kids learn to make their own breakfast by following that recipe!), Chocolate Sheet Cake, Simple Perfect Enchiladas, Braised Beef Brisket, Slab Apple Pie and The Perfect Pie Crust
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier. I honestly can’t get enough of PW cookbooks and this one is also loaded with fantastic food! Favorite Recipes: Beef & Bean Burritos, Knock You Naked Brownies, Fried Mozzarella, and Crash Hot Potatoes.
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations. I absolutely adore this cookbook… but I honestly haven’t used it much. I flip through it often but I haven’t actually settled into using many of the recipes on a regular basis. Having said that…. Favorite Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Bites (and Blue Cheese Dip)… ohmygoodness. I’ve made these SO many times and we LOVE them!!! and the Perfect Mashed Potatoes in this cookbook are to-die-for. OH and I learned how to brine a turkey from this cookbook!
The Best Simple Recipes. This cookbook is newer to me (I’ve had it for maybe a year now?!), but there are so many excellent recipes to be found in it. As an added bonus, every recipe in this book can be made in 30 minutes or less!! Seriously… everybody needs some delicious recipes that come together fast, right? OH, and I find it easy to double most of them for our big family!
Favorite recipes: Spicy Pasta & Sausage Bake (we eat that at least twice a month and never, ever get tired of it!!), Chicken Quesadilla Pie, Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
BONUS: Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for 0 or Less0 or Less. This cookbook is brand new to me but I can already tell it’s one I’ll use again and again. Jessica Fisher is a homeschooling Mom of 6 kids and having read her blog for many years, I feel like I know her a little bit. I have read through several recipes and already have a few that I want to make asap! Of course I’m also excited that every recipe creates a meal for $10 or less (WIN!!). If you’re looking for ways to cut your grocery budget and still eat delicious meals, I’m betting that this cookbook will be a winner for you!
So…. tell me what YOUR favorite cookbooks are!! I’d love to add a few more to my collection!