7 of My New Favorite Cookbooks

7 of My New Favorite Cookbooks

Real talk time.

My stitched-up finger is making it difficult to do much in the kitchen; however, I can still type! So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you some of my favorite cookbooks that I’ve picked up over the last year or so.

(These are listed in alphabetical order.)

1. Baked Elements – I absolutely adored Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s first two books, Baked and Baked Explorations, so it’s no surprise that when these guys devoted an entire cookbook to their 10 favorite ingredients, it would be just as mouth-watering.

Baked Elements

2. Bouchon Bakery – I was luckily enough to indulge in some of Bouchon Bakery’s confections on a trip to New York City three years ago and can tell you they were absolutely out of this world. When Thomas Keller released this cookbook, I couldn’t wait to get it into my hands. It’s just as amazing as the sweets I remember at the bakery.

Bouchon Bakery Cookbook

3. Flour – I snatched up this book as soon as I found out it was the original source of the Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts that I made back in March. It’s from the owner of the Boston-based bakery of the same name and is full of recipes that I’m dying to make (you may also recognize the Coconut-Vanilla Bean Cake with Coconut Meringue Buttercream Frosting). The bakery just came out with a follow-up book, Flour, Too, that I can’t wait to check out.

Flour Cookbook

4. The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook – I can’t put into words how much I love this cookbook. I think I’ve bookmarked nearly every single recipe in the book. You’ve already seen some samples – Homemade Nutella, American Cheese and Marshmallows – and those are merely the tip of the iceberg. If you love recreating store-bought favorites, this book is definitely for you.

The America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

5. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook – I’ve fallen in love with Chinese food over the last few years, and while I tend to order the same thing every time (General Tso’s chicken and an order of crab rangoon), I wanted to try out some different dishes and bought this book as inspiration. It hasn’t failed me yet!

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook

6. The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook – Much like the Bouchon Bakery and Flour cookbooks, this one comes from The Dahlia Bakery in Seattle. I discovered it when I saw the Chocolate Truffle Cookies floating around Pinterest. I’m glad I invested in the book because it’s full of wonderful sweet and savory recipes.

The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

7. Vintage Cakes – I saw this book sitting on a display table at Anthropologie late last year. I loved the whimsical cover, but once I started flipping through the book I was drawn to all of the absolutely lovely cakes. They reminded me of sitting around my grandma’s dining room table, her coffee warmer a steady fixture, and a steady stream of neighbors stopping by throughout the day.

Vintage Cakes


What have been some of your favorite cookbooks lately?!