Raise your hand if you’re an obsessive cookbook collector! Ok, you guys can’t see it but my hand is way, way up. As a real-life confession, I’ll admit I often shop discount stores for no reason other than to browse cookbooks to find new ones with pretty covers to grace the shelves and open spaces in our kitchen. I used to pick up any ol’ cookbook but for the past few months, I’ve tried to focus on healthy eating cookbooks.
As Brandon heals, he’s been eating more fish and chicken. He’s been vegetarian for years but, oddly, some of his favorite veggie meals have been triggering him lately and it was suggested to us to eat more lean meat. Salmon and cod have been working great for him so, despite the fact that I hate the smell of fish, I’m cooking it. The things we do for love, eh? 😉
I keep a lot of cookbooks displayed out on my kitchen countertop but there are more piled away inside one cabinet and on shelves in the corner. So many books! Although, I do have a few favorites and I want to share them with you today because if you’re trying to eat healthier these are my go-to books.
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We mix up our diet all the time and will eat vegetarian or vegan on some nights, it really depends on how we feel. The cookbooks below are all healthy eating cookbooks but some might include mostly vegetarian or vegan dishes.
- Healthy Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America
- The Dirty Vegan
- Cooking Without Borders
- Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking
Healthy Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Cooking at Home brings vibrant, modern, flavorful cooking techniques to the health-minded home cook. With step-by-step techniques from the experts at the CIA, plus detailed information on nutrition and ingredients and full-color photographs throughout, this is the essential guide to cooking tasty, healthy food at home. There are more than 235 recipes and include quick and simple dishes like Black Bean Burgers and Grilled Quail Wrapped in Prosciutto with Figs and Wild Mushrooms. It is ideal for home cooks of all skill levels who want to keep the entire family healthy, happy, and well fed.
The Dirty Vegan
Dirty Vegan lets you prepare delicious vegan cuisine that anyone and everyone can enjoy, and showcases the sheer variety of amazing recipes you can create, all while remaining vegan. Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, Dirty Vegan features over 100 rich, indulgent recipes that are sure to delight, including: Vegan Ravioli Dippers, Avocado and “Bacon” Cheesy Cheddar Bread Ring, S’mores Pancakes, “Steak” Tips and Sweet Potatoes, Italian Wedding Soup, Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms and many more.
Self-styled as “vegan junk food”–healthy vegan food that doesn’t skimp on taste–Dirty Vegan is a celebration of all the amazing tastes and dishes available to those on vegan diets.
Cooking Without Borders
To Anita Lo, author of Cooking Without Borders, all cooking is fusion cooking. Whether it’s her slow-poached salmon, smoked paprika, spaetzle, and savoy cabbage from annisa, or the smoked chanterelles with sweet corn flan that trumped Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, Anita Lo’s food can always be distinguished by its strong multicultural influence. Inspired by the flavors and textures she’s tasted throughout the world, Lo creates food that breaks down preconceived notions of what American food is and should be. In Cooking Without Borders, she offers more than 100 recipes celebrating the best flavors from around the globe, including chapters on appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. These recipes show home cooks everywhere how easy it is to think globally and prepare creative and delicious food.
Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking
In Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking, Annie and Dan Shannon show readers how to cook creatively and thriftily with recipes, sidebars, and tips on stocking a pantry and using ingredients creatively. Most recipes result in leftover ingredients and servings that can be reused in multiple ways, reducing waste in your kitchen while keeping your meals fresh and flavorful. Inspired by the recipes and cost-saving techniques used during the Depression and World War II and paying a vegan homage to Julia Child, the Shannons have figured out how to get the most out of what you’ve already invested so that you can spend less and get more. With recipes like Korean Kimchi BBQ Burgers, Vegan Yankee Pot Roast, Not-Cho Everyday Chili Dogs, and Savannah Pecan Pies, this healthy eating cookbook offers a way to make eating vegan both affordable and delicious.
Do you have any favorite go-to healthy eating cookbooks? I’d love to hear your favorites!