18 Cookbooks You Need to Buy


My cookbook collection is pathetic. It’s compiled of maybe 6 or so cookbooks that I bought before I ever really got into cooking – so years ago. Then, years of traveling prevented me from stockpiling cookbooks. But, now we’re settled and have lots of room to grow, and I am itching to get a few new ones onto my bookshelves.

I tend to spend hours at a time – usually during nap time – browsing the cookbooks on Amazon, and if I get the chance to go to a bookstore alone, I head straight for the cookbooks. There are seriously so many amazing cookbooks out there, and I want to buy them all, but then we wouldn’t be able to pay our mortgage and there would be no where to put them again. It’s a lose-lose situation for me.

I’ll probably snag a few in the near future, but I don’t want those hours of browsing to go to waste, so I thought I’d share what I found with you, and as you if there are any cookbooks you swear by, or new ones you’ve just gotten into. If you have a suggestion, I’d love for you to leave them in the comments section!

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    Abby Mathistad
    September 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hello! I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and have really enjoyed your thoughts on food. Do you have any dairy-free cookbooks you like? My 2 year old son has a severe dairy allergy and I am having a hard time finding a cookbook that is only diary-free and not also gluten-free, soy-free, etc… Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!

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      Melissa Belanger
      September 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Hi! I wish I had a recommendation for you, but I don’t. I have yet to find one that I think is worth recommending. I usually try to just substitute ingredients as needed. Are they any recipes that you’re looking for specifically? I can try to work on some of them for you!

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        Abby Mathistad
        September 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm

        Thank you for your reply. I typically utilize substitutes as well. With soup season right around the corner, have you had any luck with rues using vegan butter? Just looking for some new meals ideas for my family. Any ideas are appreciated!

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          Melissa Belanger
          September 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

          Yes. I usually do a roux for creamy sauces and things that need to be thickened. I use Smart Balance and flour. Then I cook it the same as you would any roux and I substitute almond milk or coconut milk (full-fat from a can) depending on how thick I want it. It has never failed. If I’m just trying to thicken something like an already made soup or a sauce that is too thin, I will shake about 1/4 liquid with 2 – 3 tablespoons flour (or 1 tablespoon cornstarch) in a jar until it’s smooth. You can also whisk it together in a small bowl or right in the liquid measuring cup. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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