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10 Healthy Cookbooks You Should Buy Now

November 19, 2013

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I love trying new recipes, which means my ever-expanding cookbook collection is slowly but surely taking over my entire bookshelf! I’m not complaining. I’ve been known to fall asleep at night flipping though the glossy pages of a good cookbook, dreaming of perfectly roasted chicken and fluffy buttercream frosting.


It occurred to me while I was browsing my new copy of “Super Natural Everyday” that I’m being selfish keeping my favorite cookbooks all to myself. So I put together a list of my top 10 favorite healthy cookbooks that any home cook or health-food fanatic should have in their kitchen!


  1. Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by Cheryl Sternman Rule – This cookbook is absolutely gorgeous and an instant favorite of anyone who picks it up. In fact, at one point my roommate and I had two copies because we both love it so much! The photography is stunning, the writing is equal parts hilarious and informative, and the recipes are easy to follow crowd-pleasers. It doesn’t get any better than that!
  2. Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi – The recipes in this one are a bit more advanced and call for ingredients that aren’t always easy to find, but if you’re ready to take your cooking to the next level, pick up a copy of this book. Like “Ripe” it’s all vegetarian and you’re bound to find a new way to prepare your old favorites.
  3. Clean Food by Terry Walters – This book was my introduction to healthy cooking. Terry makes simple dishes with very healthy ingredients. When my mom decided to enroll in Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program I bought her a copy of this book and she had so much fun following along with the recipes as she started to learn about new and healthy ingredients in school.
  4. Chloe’s Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli – Vegan baking doesn’t necessarily mean healthy baking, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction! Chloe has some beautiful treats in this book that you would never guess are vegan.
  5. Babycakes by Erin KcKenna – This is another alternative-baking book that I love. Babycakes is one of my favorite little bakeries in NYC, so it’s nice to be able to whip up some of their vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free treats now that I’m living across the country.
  6. On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee – This one doesn’t typically make people as excited as the other books on this list, but I use it all the time. There are no glossy pictures, but it explains each and every food in detail, including where it originates, how it should be used, and what it should be mixed with. If you’re at all interested in the science and technique behind cooking and baking, this one is for you!
  7. Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson – If you like food then chances are you’ve stumbled upon the healthy food blog 101 Cookbooks. Blog author Heidi Swanson published this book, which is full of delicious and healthy dishes that are easy to make and never disappoint.
  8. I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara – This is the most recent addition to my cookbook library and I can’t get enough of it. The two authors are chefs at two popular, upscale restaurants in New York. I love that the book is categorized by ingredient and each section highlights a local purveyor of that product. Anything from a chicken or dairy farm to a local chocolatier is called out in this book.
  9. The Flavor Thesaurus by Nikki Segnit – This is a great resource for the home chef. This book talks about different flavors and ingredients and what they should be paired with. In addition to your usual suspects like chocolate and raspberry, it has some unique pairings as well. Who knew blueberries and mushrooms is a common pairing in Northern Italy?

10. Good to the Grain – by Kim Boyce and Quentin Bacon – If you want to experiment with baking pastries, muffins, and bread with whole grains, this book is for you. It’s a healthy, all-natural approach to baking. The recipes are delicious and Kim uses 12 different kinds of whole grain flours, even some of the more uncommon ones like amaranth and teff.


What are your favorite cookbooks?