I’m really excited to share with you some of my favorite cookbooks. They are actually some of my favorite books in general. I love browsing through cookbooks and instantly get inspired by the great pictures. The wonderful thing about cooking is that you can adjust each recipe to your individual taste. If for example you don’t have or don’t like a specific ingredient just exchange it with something else or leave it out all together and you have created your own recipe. Cooking is that simple.
As you can see from the picture I not only love cooking but also baking. Even though I love healthy food, I do treat myself to some wonderful desserts from time to time! Baking is not necessarily more complicated than cooking, you just have to stick to the recipe more closely, especially if you haven’t done it before. But other than that both cooking and baking are a lot of fun.
The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel
This is a must-have for everyone who loves cupcakes and has no dietary restrictions. Ever since The Magnolia Bakery was featured in Sex and the City, people have been queuing up endlessly in front of the bakery to get some of the delicious treats. The cookbook features loads of recipes from cupcakes to cakes and pies.
BabyCakes by Erin McKenna
BabyCakes NYC opened in 2005 and has become famous for its healthy and delicious cupcakes. This cookbook is perfect for everyone who has dietary restrictions as the recipes are vegan, mostly gluten-free and mostly sugar-free….on top of that everything is beyond delicious!
Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook by Dede Lahman and Neil Kleinberg
I first heard about the Clinton St. Baking Company on a segment on MarthaStewart.com. Neil Kleinberg, the owner was baking some of his world famous biscuits. They were so intriguing that I had to order the cookbook and I immediately fell in love with the beautiful pictures. The next time I’m in New York, this is where I’ll have brunch!
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Most people know Alicia Silverstone from the television series Clueless. Today she is an animal activist and promotes a plant-based diet. This book is filled with nutritional information, easy and flavorful recipes and amazing pictures. If you’re thinking of making the transition into veganism this is the book to purchase. It’s great for people who are just experimenting with veganism as well as hard-core vegans.
Notes from my Kitchen Table by Gwyneth Paltrow
I was a little hesitant when I ordered this cookbook but after reading some reviews and looking at some videos on YouTube I was convinced I’d like it….and I was right! In the US this book is called My Father’s Daughter, however from what I’ve heard it includes the same recipes. It’s not a health-food cookbook, which was what I initially expected after learning that Gwyneth Paltrow was following the Macrobiotic Diet for quite some time. However, it still includes vegan and vegetarian recipes as well some great side dishes.
Skinny Bitch – Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin
After reading The Skinny Bitch I bought this book because I was intrigued by the way Kim Barnouin illustrates the simplicity and benefits of following a plant-based diet. Similarly to The Kind Diet this book is full of vegan recipes which are also suitable for and will be loved by non-vegans. In addition to this it includes essential information on nutrition.
Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis
I bought this book some time ago after hearing about Pure Food and Wine, a raw food restaurant in NYC. The illustrations in the book are amazing. The book includes a bunch of info on alternative ingredients to the highly processed food we are used to. (I will be doing a separate post on healthier alternatives and ingredients some time soon!). A whole chapter is dedicated to Milks, Shakes and Juices which Sarma knows a lot as she also owns a juice bar called One Lucky Duck. If you are into raw and vegan food I highly recommend you check out the link above or visit the restaurant/ juice bar the next time you go to NYC.