18 Cookbooks Every Newlywed Should Own
Whether you’re a bona fide foodie or you don’t know your mortar from your mandolin, a good cookbook can make all the difference in the kitchen. And there’s no better occasion to expand your cookbook collection than your wedding. For tips on everything from cooking for two to hosting your first dinner party together, these delicious guides are definitely worth adding to your registry. May you eat happily ever after!
1. Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home ($26): What do master chefs cook in their downtime? Find out in this latest cookbook from Marcus Samuelsson and you’ll never be in danger of getting “chopped.”
($35): Master foodie blogger Erin Gleeson is all about less is more when it comes to cooking. Check out her beautifully photographed, veggie-filled book for all kinds of locally grown, nutritious recipes.
($15): For the couple who loves food trucks (and who doesn’t really!?), this cookbook serves up all the most popular and sinfully delicious on-the-go cuisine.
($27): What once began as a small quarterly publication has now launched itself into a full-on foodie revolution. Pick up this hip cookbook if you just can’t get enough of their uniquely simple (and beautiful) recipes.
($35): Cooking together is a wonderful way to bond. This cookbook will help you create memories and magic in the kitchen with 150 tasty recipes for two, plus there’s super helpful advice on how to select the perfect stemware and much more.
6. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor ($21): You already follow Gina Homolka’s popular foodie blog; now go make her recipes from this brand-new cookbook that saves on calories but doesn’t skimp on taste.
7. The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook ($24): Got caviar taste and a fast-food budget? This cookbook, based on recipes from the legendary New York City restaurant, is all you need to satisfy those fancy cravings.
($21): Quick, what’s half of 3/4? If you pull out a calculator every time you try to halve a recipe, this cookbook (complete with a 25-page manual covering the basics) is for you.
($20): It wouldn’t be a cookbook post without something Paleo. This humorous, easy-to-follow book is filled to the brim with over 100 Paleo and GF eats. With the step-by-step cartoons and hearty recipes, all you cavepeople will be thoroughly amused and full.
$15): Whether you’re hosting a Mad Men binge-a-thon or you simply fancy Old Fashions a la Don Draper, this cookbook will help you get there.
11. Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth ($16): A decadent dessert in less time than it takes to preheat an oven? Sign us up! Bonus: Check out the liquor-infused recipes for some adults-only fun.
($28): If you’ve got a multicultural palate but can’t afford to travel the world, Carla’s latest cookbook will take you where you want to go – no passport necessary.
13. The Plant-Based Pair: A Vegan Cookbook for Two With 125 Perfectly Portioned Recipes ($11): Just because you have special dietary needs doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious meal. Plus, you’ll find helpful tips for grocery shopping and “living a happy vegan life.”
($23): The “Early Starts” and “Lazy Mornings” chapters alone are worth it for days when you’re on the go and weekends when you want breakfast in bed.
15. Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life ($16): Sure, fancy schmancy meals are nice for entertaining, but what about everyday life? No worries, Sunny’s got you covered with everything from Slow ‘n’ Low Ribs to Spicy Noodle Bowls.
16. The Cook’s Meat Book ($30): If you’ve ever undercooked a steak or your burgers still have some “moo” to them, say hello to your new meat bible. After all, grilling season is right around the corner!
17. The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking With & for Each Other ($35): The holy grail of newlywed cookbooks, this guide will help you masterfully create every dish from weeknight dinners to your first Thanksgiving together.
18. Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation ($23): This isn’t your mother’s guide to homemaking. With everything from DIY projects that are actually doable to tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, this handy guide (created right here at Brit HQ) will turn your house into a home.