11 Cookbooks That Will Help You Achieve All Your Foodie Resolutions

Ready to eat more salad? Make your own dough? (And have fun?!) These cookbooks have you covered.

January 2, 2018
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Best Cookbooks For Achieving Your Food And Nutrition Goals
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Somewhere between banishing booze and cutting calories, New Year’s resolutions became a bad word. But instead of giving up something you love for 2018, resolve to evolve your eating to include new food groups, new cooking techniques, new cuisines, and new inspiration. We rounded up the best cookbooks to help you kick-start your food goals in a fun, feasible way. Get eating!

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Resolution: No chocolate

Cookbook: Raw Cake by Daisy Kristiansen and Leah Garwood-Gowers
The go-to “no chocolate” resolution is a promise waiting to be broken. We can get behind eliminating candy bars, but chucking all chocolate is just crazy—and this cookbook is the perfect case in point. From the gals who brought you The Hardihood in London, this homage to “clean” desserts takes guilt right out of the equation, replacing it with healing elixirs, ice cream, tempting tarts, decadent cakes, Mmm-Mmm good cheesecakes and, yes, chocolate, made with natural ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut, tahini, and cacao nibs that are all good and all raw. Go ahead and judge this book by its gorgeous cover.

Buy it: $20, Amazon.com

Related: 6 Things That Happened When I Gave Up Dessert For 2 Weeks

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Resolution: Finally make pizza dough from scratch

Cookbook: Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia by Joe Beddia
Pizza is your favorite food—it’s everyone’s favorite food—but it doesn’t have to be reserved for restaurants. Rise to the occasion by making and stretching your own dough. Joe Beddia, owner of Pizzeria Beddia, shares his 5-ingredient dough recipe (if you don’t count water), his top toppers (like roasted corn, heirloom cherry tomato, and basil or dinosaur kale, pickled onion, and spring cream) and you’ll also get a tutorial on bread making and hoagie composition. But the real star of the show here is Beddia’s sarcasm, which reminds you that cooking, even when tackling a seemingly daunting undertaking like dough, is supposed to be freakin’ fun.

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Watch the complete breadmaking process:

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Resolution: Host a dinner party

Cookbook: The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson
If Bridget Jones and her blue soup scared you off throwing a dinner party, this book will hold your hand through every step, from menus that’ll wow guests to sanity-saving checklists. Erin Gleeson shares her wisdom not from a perch (there’s no Martha snobbery here) but on par, and offers plenty of practical wisdom, including table setting and ambiance hints (put drinks and glasses out so guests can help themselves). Find full menus, including bevvies, for a wine & cheese shindig, salad buffet, summer feast, rice noodle bar, brunch—even a vegan and gluten-free gathering. By the end of the book you’ll be sending out the invites.

Buy it: $35, Amazon.com

Related: 10 Basic Tables Manners To Always Follow

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Resolution: Eat more salad

Cookbook: Neighborhood by Hetty McKinnon
The words, Man, I really need to eat more salad usually falls out of your mouths after downing something deep fried or dripping in cheese. Hetty McKinnon’s book makes the decree decidedly delicious and doable. Instead of giving us page after page of tossed lettuce, salads get a mouthwatering makeover and international upgrade (e.g. Chimichurri salad bowl with eggplant, tofu, fennel, and shitake mushrooms and edamame with baby bok choy, quinoa, and honey-ginger dressing). Not only will the 60 salad recipes elevate your salad game, but McKinnon calls on a few of her friends for their dessert recipes go-tos.

Buy it: $25, Amazon.com

Related: 3 Surprisingly Delicious Ways I Use Leafy Greens To Make New Friends

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Resolution: Better meal planning

Cookbook: The Art of the Pantry by Claire Thomson
If you consider cheese and crackers a legit meal, this book is for you. Ditch dinner boredom by overhauling your pantry with inspiring ingredients and (PRESTO!) meal planning takes care of itself. Claire Thomson coaches you through the pasta, beans, flours, spices, and fridge and freezer staples to have on hand to create 150 delish meals. The pantry staples may be standard, but the recipes are not. We’re talking Turkish eggs with yogurt, dill, and brown butter, Japanese eggplant, West African groundnut stew. With the help of these recipes, you'll never stand in front of your open fridge wondering what the heck to make again.

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Related: 5 Things I Learned When I Meal-Prepped Every Sunday For A Month

 
 
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Resolution: Make something new

Cookbook: Ferment for Good: Ancient Foods for the Modern Gut by Sharon Flynn
Guess what: Making your own pickles, kombuchasauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and yogurt is actually fun. Full of living bacteria, yeasts, and enzymes, DIY gut-friendly foods may take some time and patience to brew, but watching the final product come to life (literally) will take you back to your science fair days in the best way. Filled with photos, cutesy drawings and step-by-step instruction, the book takes you through krauting, brining, and brewing so by the end you can do it in your sleep. Best of all, you’ll wake up to fresh yogurt.

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Related: 3 Surprising Fruits And Veggies You Never Knew You Could Ferment

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Resolution: Eat more veggies

Cookbook: Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden
Your grandma’s been saying it, your mom’s been saying it, even you’ve been saying it to yourself: Eat more veggies! In this 400-plus page book, chef-turned-farmer Joshua McFadden makes kohlrabi seem sexy, carrots sublime, and tomatoes tantalizing—his veg-thusiasm is more than contagious. Divided by seasons, it’s page after page of bright, beautiful recipes that go way beyond salads. We’re talking casseroles, cauliflower steak, charred broccoli, corn fritters, couscous, condiments, and crostadas—and that’s just the Cs.

Buy it: $35, Amazon.com

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Resolution: Make restaurant food at home

Cookbook: Gjelina by Travis Lett and Huckleberry by Zoe Nathan
If you leave a restaurant stuffed and wondering, how the heck did they do that? these two books answer that question and more, taking you inside their restaurant kitchens to reveal secrets and recipes. (Here are 10 secrets that absolutely every professional chef knows.) Travis Lett’s Gjelina decodes his veggie and meat masterpieces, like roasted acorn squash with hazelnuts, whole grilled sea bream, and duck liver pate so you can re-create the Venice outposts’ signatures with your own panache. Huckleberry gives you the inside scoop on the all-day breakfast spot in Santa Monica, disclosing how they get their scones so crumbly, muffins so mountainous, pancakes so fluffy, and brekkie sandwiches so stuffed. And making it yourself means no line-ups.

Buy it: $35 each for Gjelina and Huckleberry, Amazon.com

 
 
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Resolution: Cut down on processed foods

Cookbook: Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor
The title of this colorful tome pretty much sums it up (and by real, we’re not talking American cheese slices). Kathryne Taylor proves that cooking isn’t rocket science by delivering easy, straightforward recipes like make-your-own instant oatmeal, best waffles ever, beans and greens quesadillas, and even champagne cocktails. There’s a best friend vibe to the writing with colorful recipes to match. There’s even a step-by-step on how to host your own taco party—yes, please!

Buy it: $27.50, Amazon.com

Related: Ever Been To A Dumplings Of The World Party?

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Resolution: Eat with the seasons

Cookbook: Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderon
Author Athena Calderon knows a thing or two about making food look gorg, and this aptly named cookbook is no different. Separated into spring, summer, fall, and winter, swoon-worthy recipes highlight the bounty of the season, from summer squash salad with arugula to fall miso-glazed carrots with carrot-top pesto, and prove that food is as much a feast for the eyes as the mouth. This is not a vegetarian cookbook; pork shoulder, short ribs, and snapper make an appearance, but veggies are definitely the headliner. Plus Athena serves up helpful entertaining tips and even makes cracking an egg look sexy.

Buy it: $35, Amazon.com