If you’re looking for some of my favorite must-have cookbooks, you’re not going to want to miss this list! You’ll find 10 cookbooks that cover a wide variety of cuisine and meal ideas to suit every occasion and satisfy even the pickiest tastebuds.

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These helpful cookbooks are about to make your mealtime planning and prepping an absolute breeze!

I love cookbooks. All of them. I devour them like regular books. I’ve even been known to go to the library and check out nothing but cookbooks. It’s true. There are just so many good ones out there!

But when it comes down to it, I really enjoy actually owning my own cookbooks so I can refer back to them and use them as much as possible. My Easy Weeknight Dinners Ebook and Easy Weeknight Desserts Ebook are two of my go-to options.

However, having a wide range of physical cookbooks on hand is the best way to make mealtimes easy. Especially if your family members are like mine and can never decide what they want to eat!

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Must-Have Cookbooks for Simple Meals at Home

If you’re looking for some of the top must-have cookbooks to add to your reading material, here are my best suggestions!

1. The Best Simple Recipes: More than 200 Flavorful, Foolproof Recipes That Cook in 30 Minutes or Less

This simple cookbook has over 200 recipes you can create in less than 30 minutes. This means that weeknight dinners no longer have to consist of just leftovers!

2. 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food

Running low on supplies in the house but still need to get dinner on the table? This handy cookbook is full of recipes that require just 5 ingredients or less.

3. The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking

This cookbook had me at family-friendly. And why not gather everyone in the family to help, too?

4. The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results — with Photographs of Every Step

This Instant Pot cookbook literally shows you step-by-step pictures for every recipe so they always turn out perfectly. It’s one of the best visual cookbooks out there!

5. The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook: 100 Simple Low Carb Recipes. 10 Ingredients or Less

Living the Keto lifestyle? Stay on track with this must-have cookbook!

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6. Bread Baking for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Baking Kneaded Breads, No-Knead Breads, and Enriched Breads  

Breadmaking is an important and simple way to keep your house full of warm, delicious bread. This book for beginners is a great place to start.

7. 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss  

This cookbook is all about creating simple dishes for two! You can find a variety of easy dishes that require minimal prep work or cleanup.

8. The Easy Filipino Cookbook: 100 Classics Made Simple 

Bring the flavors of the Philippines to your kitchen with the 100 simple recipes in this must-have book. They’re all unique, delicious, and sure to bring a smile to your face!

9. The Baking Cookbook for Teens: 75 Delicious Recipes for Sweet and Savory Treats

Have a teen in the house who loves to bake? Put them to the test with these tasty treats!

10. Taste of Home 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 400+ Recipes Big on Flavor, Short on Groceries!

You could meal plan for over a year just with this one cookbook alone! Plus, every recipe requires just 5 ingredients, meaning they come together quickly and keep your grocery bills low.

As you can see, these must-have cookbooks offer quite a bit of cooking variety! Choose one or two (or more!) to try. Then, have fun creating something new and simple in the kitchen!

Even More Simple Recipes to Feed the Family

Do you have a favorite must-have cookbook that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!


About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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