What a time to be alive. We are *so lucky* to have accessible recipes at our fingertips; we can gain inspo from internet chefs on Instagram and YouTube cooking up mouthwatering meals on our screens. But beyond the instructions of our internet friends, keeping our kitchen shelves stocked with cookbooks can make the kitchen feel more homey, cozy, and personal. Cookbooks are a classic staple (no matter what level of home-chef you identify as) and flipping through the pages can totally rejuvenate your dining table. YRH has compiled a list of modern cookbooks to keep in your kitchen; satisfy your cravings no matter who you’re cooking for.
Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats
London-based fitness fanatic, successful YouTuber, and self-titled “recipe creator” Rachel Ama (@rachelama_) is taking the vegan world by storm. Even for those of us who haven’t got fully plant-based, Ama’s recipes are perfect to incorporate some vegan meals into our weekly diet. Her 2019 cookbook, Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats, features over 100 delectable recipes that allow readers to explore the benefits of vegan eating—as well as their creativity levels! Additionally, Ama incorporates both her Caribbean and west African heritages throughout her featured dishes. Side note: her meals are also *great* for meal-prepping; mix up your usual routine—there are zero boring meals here.
Half Baked Harvest
Tieghan Gerard, also known by her IG handle @halfbakedharvest, has created a community of 1.6mil food lovers through her easy and aesthetically pleasing recipes. Her content is so beautifully curated—you’ll be so excited to recreate every single dish. Her first cookbook, Half Baked Harvest, has meals for everyone. Whether you are feeling like something light and simple, or something indulgent and decadent, HBH has it *all.* HBH consists of Tieghan’s favorite meals and what she considers “the BEST of the best.” Each recipe contains at least one photo, so flip away and choose whatever you’re craving in the moment.
Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One
Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One by Michelin-star chef Anita Lo has *all* the yummy options for the “lone chef,”—aka, anyone who’s just cooking for themselves. While many cookbooks are geared towards family meals with multiple servings, Solo emphasizes the blissful and empowering practice of cooking for *number one, baby.* Each dish is inspired by Lo’s worldwide travels, and range from savory to sweet. And of course; each dish can be modified and multiplied, should you ever want to share. An order of the Duck Bolognese and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie for one, please!
Food52 Mighty Salads
Food52 (@food52) is known for carrying all the purchasable items a foodie could want, along with publishing a wide variety of modern cookbooks. Mighty Salads is a compilation of various veggie-incentive dishes by a variety of Food52 editors—including world-renowned food writer, Amanda Hesser. “Salads” are often synonymous with “boring” and “mundane,” but this cookbook highlights fun, flavorful dishes for every occasion. Whether you are packing your own lunch or preparing an impressive dinner for guests, there are meat-y options, bean-y options, and nutrient-packed recipes on every page. With 60 recipes to flip through, you are bound to develop a newfound love for salad.
Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
For those of us who are seemingly *always* on the go, Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, by Christopher Kimball, has simple week-night dinner recipes that will make your life so much easier. With over 200 recipes ranging from Cuban-spiced burgers to ginger-soy steak, each page is filled to the brim with bold flavors. Some chapters are organized by time: “fast,” “faster,” and “fastest,” with cook times of up 25 minutes. There’s a method to the madness; this book will help maximize the time you spend in the kitchen while sharpening your cooking skills.