my favorite recipe books

There’s one thing that I know for sure, and that is I have always been and always will be a book lover. I vividly remember asking my Grade 1 teacher when we would learn to read – and once I learned, I’ve always had a book in my nose.

My reading topics have changed over the years, and I’ve hesitated on buying recipe books because I seem to use them in waves, but over the past few weeks I have cracked them again and found new recipes out of them that I never would have tried before.

When the Oh She Glows Cookbook was released I bought it right away because at that time I was eating a primarily vegetarian diet with vegan meals added in. I found it very useful and have used many recipes from it. When I initially get a new book, I will go through it, read all of the recipes and flag my favorites with sticky notes! That way when I need to find something quickly, I just flip through all of my flags.

Some of my most used recipes from this one are: Eat your greens detox soup, The perfected chickpea salad sandwich and the crowd pleasing Tex-Mex Casserole! Yum!

Right around the same time, I picked up this book after it was recommended to me. I was also following Dana on social media, and I loved her style and approach to cooking. I have this booked marked so many times as well, and I really have enjoyed every single recipe I’ve tried. I’ve even made the pizza burgers that are on the front page! My most favorite recipe from this one is the Beet, Orange & Walnut Salad – which was actually my very first food blog post!

Out of all of the cookbooks in this list, this is probably the one that I have used the least – for the simple fact that I was not in the same place as I was when I was eating vegetarian. When this one came out, I was eating meat again and was starting to feel pretty damn frustrated in the kitchen. Inspiration for meals were made out of old habits and usually a box during this time! So thankful that I have turned another corner here. My favs from this one though are the Crispy Smashed Potatoes, and the Crowd-Pleasing Caesar Salad. Both quite easy and super delicious.

One of the hardest things was finding some of the ingredients that were unusual to me at the time but fairly usual to me now. Running out to buy ‘raw cashews’ to make a dressing was just odd. Now it’s more of a routine since I have been eating dairy-free.

I just found this little gem not too long ago, and absolutely fell in love with their philosophy on food. I have tried many of their recipes and we have loved them. Back in the day there was alot of “I” just eating the food that was prepared, but now our family is trying alot more of these recipes! The Pumpkin Breakfast muffins are delicious, the Bacon-Wrapped Eggs were a total hit (although clean up wasn’t my fav) and the Superfood Coconut Chai Latte has since become an almost daily event! So SO thankful for this cookbook. It has simplified things for me so much.

And lastly, Eat What You Love. I JUST got this one and have flipped through and flagged recipes but we have only made one recipe from it and that was the sauce/broth for the roast from the French Dip Sandwiches. I’m really excited to dive deeper into this one to find some hits!

Eating grain free/dairy free/sugar free for the past 3 weeks has certainly been a game changer for me and I have learned alot about healing my body from the inside out. I just needed to take some time to reset and eliminate some of the foods that I felt were causing digestion troubles. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007, this is exactly what was suggested to me at the time, and which I did follow. But over the years certain foods have crept in and made me feel not so good. So while I’m on this reset, these cookbooks have been a great help and resource for me.

Have you used any of these cookbooks? What are your favorites? Having ideas from others, really has been helpful for me so I would love to hear yours!

I’m currently debating whether or not to make a trello recipe board with all of my favorites but it just might be more work than its worth? I’m working on meal planning there right now, including a grocery list that I can just check off as I go but don’t want to also make more work than necessary. If you have any meal planning tips, I would also love to hear them.

Hope you are all having an amazing Thursday!

Thanks for Reading! Christy

**I typically grab by cookbooks at our local Coles bookstore. I have also found some really gtood ones (like the Oh She Glows Everyday) at HomeSense and if I strike out there will use the Chapters online or Amazon.ca. Today’s books I linked through Amazon. (as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)