3 Cookbooks I’m Loving Right Now

As a long-time cook who’s always whippin’ up something for the family or for gatherings, some days, the last thing I want to do is cook! But my life still very much revolves around food. (Not only have I made a whole business from it, but I kinda need it to survive!) It’s days like these where I like to watch (or read about) other people cooking. 

Coming up in the food blogging scene (I make it sound so cool, don’t I? 😅), I spent many years while building Steamy Kitchen hanging with other food bloggers. In fact, that’s how I met most of my very good friends! We would meet at blogging conventions, and plan food blogging camp vacations together.

Club Med Food Blogger Camp

Eventually Ree of The Pioneer Woman, Elise of Simply Recipes, and I would throw big food blogger parties that were all the rage.

And though I’m busy these days with life and anywhere up to 8 various endeavors at a time, I still consider these my people, and enjoy diving into the cookbooks of other food bloggers and recipe developers.

That being said, here are 3 cookbooks that I’ve been enjoying lately, and I think you might enjoy too!

Cookbooks Worth Checking Out

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die by Jet Tila

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die:

Named one of 2017’s Top 10 Cookbooks by the Los Angeles Times, this is an AMAZING comprehensive guide to a TON of great Asian dishes, including Korean BBQ Short Ribs on Coke, Pho, Panang Curry Beef, Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches, and so much more!

And if that’s not enough, award-winning chef Jet Tila will teach you now to make your very own sriracha right at home. (Also, his world famous drunken noodles are to die for!) 

Get your very own copy here!

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Whether or not you’ve checked out chef and writer Samin Nosrat’s Netflix series of the same name, I highly recommend this book. In it, Samin breaks down the four elements of what makes for a great meal, and HOW each of those elements contribute to the taste and texture of that meal! After you read this book, you’ll never look at cooking the same way again. And she explains it so beautifully!

It also includes 100 essential recipes so you can test Samin’s philosophy in real time. 

Get your own copy here!

The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook: 500 Inspired, Flexible Recipes for Eating Well Without Meat

The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook: 500 Inspired, Flexible Recipes for Eating Well Without Meat

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or curious about eating mostly plant-based, this book is for you! 

In it, you’ll find 500 recipes, each with their own vegan and vegetarian variations, meat and dairy alternatives that are actually satisfying, tips for maximizing the lifespan of your produce, and all you need to know to meet your nutritional needs. The recipes are inspired by dishes from around the world, so you’ll never get bored. (I mean, how could you with 500 options??

Get your own copy here!


Happy Reading (and Cooking!)

I hope you get as much enjoyment and inspiration from these books as I do!

If you pick up a copy or find your new favorite recipe in one of them, we’d love to hear about it! Leave us a comment below!



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