Many people start the new year off with a resolution about healthy eating. It’s probably one of the most common changes to make in your life with the start of 2022, along with working out more, drinking less, and other lifestyle adjustments. One of the ways to achieve a healthier eating plan is by making your own meals at home and not eating out so much. That allows you the option of following recipes and changing unhealthy favorites (hello mac and cheese) into ones with better for you ingredients. That’s a lot easier to do when you have a cookbook as your guide, so to kick off 2022, here are our choices for the best cookbooks to start cooking from right now, no matter what type of diet you’re following.
Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes
In her first cookbook, Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes by Charity Morgan, a private chef to the stars, she explores tasty and easy-to-make vegan options. Venus Williams is one of her clients who provides the foreword to the book and calls it a “practical approach to the plant-based diet.” All of these vegan recipes are obviously meat, dairy, and egg-free, but still, retain all the qualities of truly satisfying food. If you want to eat like Charity’s rock-star roster of clients, this book should be your first Amazon buy of the new year.
101 Thai Dishes That You Need to Cook Before You Die
This cookbook has a very bold and interesting title. 101 Thai Dishes That You Need to Cook Before You Die by Jet Tila is an extraordinarily detailed cookbook with intricate Thai recipes that span all different regions of the country. So whether you are game to make a glass noodle stir-fry, street style basil pork, or even a three-flavor sauce, each recipe is going to pop with flavor and texture to die for that you’ll love to cook again and again.
Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go Volume 3
With an adorable title and equally cute graphics, this Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go Volume 3 is the ultimate way to eat like a cave person. By authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, this duo knows how to craft recipes that are healthy and simple to make. You’ll love to nourish your soul with good food for solo cooking, batch meals, and fancier fare to entertain your friends who are interested in the paleo lifestyle.
Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans
With over 95 recipes of hot and tasty southern delights, Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans is by chef Mason Hereford, who features big flavors and a laid back cooking style of favorites he grew up with, like potato chip stuff friend bologna sandwiches or his mother’s burnt tomato casserole. Don’t worry about counting calories here, just have fun with recipes that are perfect for a splurge day or two.
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From Across the African Diaspora
More than a cookbook, Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From Across the African Diaspora tells of the rich heritage and experience of black food from around the world. Told by Vegetable Kingdom author, Bryant Terry, it was voted one of the best cookbooks of the year by many different newspapers, magazines, and websites. The book also contains contributions by inspiring leaders with poetry, essays, and bold artwork. This is the perfect book to start a conversation about African American culture and the food inspired by it.
Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day
In chef Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day to, of course, have some tasty BBQ. This James Beard winner is a skilled pitmaster with creations that surround South Carolina’s best in saucy whole hog cooking. This book with its stunning photographic illustrations is going to be the one you need as a novice or expert BBQ home cook. Along the way, you’ll learn about Rodney’s inspiring life story from a small- town kid to a well-known master chef.
Cook Real Hawai’i
One of the best parts of owning an extensive cookbook collection is that you get to explore different flavors and foods from around the world. One such place with exceptional culinary creations is the island of Hawaii. In Cook Real Hawai’i Sheldon Simeon, a two-time Top Chef finalist, goes to great lengths to share native Hawaiian traditions combined with a heavy Japanese influence. There are dishes like charred huli-huli chicken and wok-fried poke to whet your appetite for the sea breezes of island life. Aloha!
Take One Fish: The New School of Scale-to-Tail Cooking and Eating
If you are intimidated by cooking fish at home, look no further than Take One Fish: The New School of Scale-to-Tail Cooking and Eating. With 60 amazing recipes from every type of fish you can imagine, Josh Niland takes you on a seaworthy journey of foods with gills and fins. His previous cookbook, The Whole Fish Cookbook, was an award winner with an easy way to demystify cooking fish. This new cookbook will get you excited about cooking everything that swims in oceans, lakes, or rivers with easy-to-follow instructions and tantalizing flavor combinations.
The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes From the Arab World
If you have never tried to cook Arabic food before, this book, The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes From the Arab World is your ultimate guide. By Reem Kassis, her stories and history surrounding the Arab world and its food will take you on a journey that you’ll love through over 130 recipes. Learn staples, like fava beans and hash, tahini cheesecake, and Makmoora, a type of pot pie with chicken and pine nuts. All of the combinations will expand your cooking horizons in a really unique and innovative way to impress your friends and family.
The Food of Oaxaca: Recipes and Stories From Mexico’s Culinary Capital
A collaborative cookbook featuring the recipes of many Mexican chefs, The Food of Oaxaca: Recipes and Stories From Mexico’s Culinary Capital is a charming cookbook highlighting regional favorites that will delight your senses. With a foreword by one of the country’s most important chefs, Enrique Olvera, you’ll explore things like duck tacos, tamales, and different types of mole sauces. A rich and fully immersive cookbook experience of all things Mexico that is a must-have addition to any collection.