The best 28 Cook Books books

The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox

Steven R. Gundry
The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
3.4 (211 ratings)

What's The Plant Paradox about?

The Plant Paradox (2017) alerts us to the dangers of eating seemingly healthy plant foods. It explores the differences between our diets and those of our ancestors’ and tells us which food products we should eat and which we should avoid to improve our digestion and maintain our optimal weight.

Who should read The Plant Paradox?

  • People who want to lose weight
  • Those who want to start eating healthily
  • Anyone interested in nutrition

The Whole30

The Whole30

Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
3.4 (74 ratings)

What's The Whole30 about?

The Whole30 (2015) is a dietary program aimed at improving your health and general well-being. It’s based on the idea that, by cutting out certain harmful food groups and reintroducing others, you can find a diet that works for you.

Who should read The Whole30?

  • Nutritional therapists and health enthusiasts
  • Anyone suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Cooks eager to experiment with healthier recipes

Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

Michael Moss
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
4.3 (97 ratings)

What's Salt Sugar Fat about?

Salt Sugar Fat examines the rise of the processed-food industry in America and globally, and why it has been fueled by the liberal use of salt, sugar and fat. These three ingredients are near irresistible to us humans, but their overuse also comes with devastating health effects.

Who should read Salt Sugar Fat?

  • Anyone who wants to eat more healthily
  • Anyone interested in why processed foods are so popular today

In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan
An Eater’s Manifesto
4.6 (77 ratings)

What's In Defense of Food about?

In Defense of Food is a close examination of the rise of nutritionism in our culture, and a historical account of the industrialization of food. An expert in food ecology, author Michael Pollan takes a look at the way in which the food industry shifted our dietary focus from “food” to “nutrients,” and thus narrowed the objective of eating to one of maintaining physical health – a goal it did not accomplish.

Who should read In Defense of Food?

  • Anyone concerned about his or her diet and health, and looking to improve them
  • Anyone interested in the actual impact of nutritionism on our physical health
  • Anyone seeking alternatives to the Western diet

Mindless Eating

Mindless Eating

Brian Wansink
Why We Eat More Than We Think
4.4 (74 ratings)

What's Mindless Eating about?

Mindless Eating explores the diverse messages and influences that constitute our eating habits, which we tend to follow “mindlessly.” It also offers practical solutions on how to exploit these subconscious influences in order help meet our health or weight-loss goals. Please note that the validity of some of the research underlying the author’s work have since been called into question.

Who should read Mindless Eating?

  • Anyone who can’t manage to stick to their diet
  • Anyone who wants to make positive, healthy changes to their life
  • Anyone interested in psychology

The Art of Simple Food

The Art of Simple Food

Alice Waters
Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
3.8 (29 ratings)

What's The Art of Simple Food about?

The Art of Simple Food (2007) is much more than just a cookbook – it’s also a resource for how to think about food, eating, cooking, and entertaining. Renowned chef and restaurateur Alice Waters starts from the very beginning: excellent ingredients. She then teaches skills and recipes layer by layer, in the same way she builds flavor in a dish. 

Who should read The Art of Simple Food?

  • Anyone curious about “California cuisine”
  • Those who don’t want to fuss with fancy recipes
  • People looking for calm, soothing cooking energy

The Doctor's Kitchen

The Doctor's Kitchen

Dr. Rupy Aujla
Supercharge Your Health With 100 Delicious Everyday Recipes
4.1 (74 ratings)

What's The Doctor's Kitchen about?

The Doctor’s Kitchen (2017) is a guide to healthy eating, backed by extensive scientific research. It shows how eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult, or boring – you just need to stock up on the right ingredients, cook them properly, and develop some good habits!

Who should read The Doctor's Kitchen?

  • Home cooks eager to improve their knowledge
  • Diet enthusiasts looking for a long-term fix
  • Anyone who wants – or needs – to eat healthier

100 Million Years Of Food

100 Million Years Of Food

Stephen Le
What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today
3.9 (128 ratings)

What's 100 Million Years Of Food about?

100 Million Years of Food (2016) is about the foods our ancestors ate and how that diet relates to our eating habits today. These blinks will take you way back in time to explore the evolution of eating. They’ll explain that, while there’s no one-size-fits-all diet, there are a few general rules to abide by.

Who should read 100 Million Years Of Food?

  • Anyone who is dissatisfied with their weight or health
  • Readers who are on the lookout for reliable dietary recommendations
  • History and food lovers

The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now

Bee Wilson
How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World
4.0 (101 ratings)

What's The Way We Eat Now about?

The Way We Eat Now (2019) offers an overview of the global food system in which we live – and try to eat. It traces our food history to the present day, where hunger is scarce and obesity is abundant. Author Bee Wilson provides an informative overview of today’s food trends, including veganism, meal-replacements and intermittent fasting. She describes what our dietary future may hold, and how we may be on the cusp of a new stage in our relationship with food.

Who should read The Way We Eat Now?

  • Foodies
  • Students of anthropology
  • People overwhelmed by food trends and fads

What the Fork Are You Eating?

What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sacks
An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate
4.1 (21 ratings)

What's What the Fork Are You Eating? about?

What the Fork Are You Eating? (2014) reveals the hidden ingredients in the food you eat every day and the problematic effects they can have on your body and mind. These blinks give you a plan on how to change your relationship with food and become healthier by eating better and more consciously.

Who should read What the Fork Are You Eating??

  • People wanting to improve their diet
  • Anyone interested in food and health issues
  • Anyone interested how the food industry works

Eat Better, Feel Better

Eat Better, Feel Better

Giada De Laurentiis
My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out
4.1 (43 ratings)

What's Eat Better, Feel Better about?

Eat Better, Feel Better (2021) is a guide to cultivating a balanced diet. Based on Giada De Laurentiis’s personal journey to transforming her health, it reveals how you can change your diet to control inflammation and improve your well-being.

Who should read Eat Better, Feel Better?

  • Health-conscious foodies
  • Anyone suffering from burnout, digestive problems, or fatigue
  • Fans of Giada De Laurentiis

Consider the Fork

Consider the Fork

Bee Wilson
A History of How We Cook and Eat
3.8 (21 ratings)

What's Consider the Fork about?

Eating and cooking have always been crucial to our survival, but over time they have also become a subject of cultural and scientific interest. In Consider the Fork (2012), author Bee Wilson blends history, anthropology and technology to tell the fascinating story of the evolution of cooking, while also taking a closer look at the creation of cooking tools and how they have shaped our culture and eating behavior.

Who should read Consider the Fork?

  • Cooking fans and food lovers
  • Anyone interested in the history and development of food
  • People fascinated by the connections between food and culture



Michael Pollan
A Natural History of Transformation
4.5 (31 ratings)

What's Cooked about?

Cooked (2013) details the history of humanity’s relationship with cooking, baking and fermentation. These blinks explain how cooking became an essential aspect of being human while exploring the varied techniques people have tried and perfected to turn nature’s bounty into a delicious, nutritious meal.

Who should read Cooked?

  • People interested in culinary history
  • Foodies eager to understand why we cook they way we do
  • Fans of brewing, pickling or other fermented foods

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Kathleen Flinn
How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
4.4 (32 ratings)

What's The Kitchen Counter Cooking School about?

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School (2011) is a practical guide to mastering the art of good home cooking. Kathleen Flinn set out to equip nine insecure home cooks with vital kitchen skills. They learned how to wield a knife confidently, roast a chicken, and bake a mean loaf of bread. But even more importantly, they learned to value food and to make conscious choices about what they ate and how they shopped for food. In these blinks, Flinn compiles the key lessons from her workshops to inspire any home cook.

Who should read The Kitchen Counter Cooking School?

  • Aspirational cooks who want to wow their friends with new recipes 
  • Tired parents looking for quick, healthy recipes to feed the kids after a long day at work 
  • Anyone interested in how to live – and eat – in a more ethical, sustainable way

How to Eat a Peach

How to Eat a Peach

Diana Henry
Menus, Stories and Places.
3.9 (29 ratings)

What's How to Eat a Peach about?

How to Eat a Peach (2018) is part cookbook, part autobiography and part travelogue. Full of ideas for delicious menus and making a mean cocktail, these blinks tell you everything you need to know about hosting a memorable dinner party. They also give you a glimpse into the mind of a chef who has mastered the art of telling stories through food, and take you on a culinary tour of the places that have inspired her the most. 

Who should read How to Eat a Peach?

  • Restless nomads who want to travel vicariously by reading about Henry’s adventures
  • Fans of skillful, unpretentious cooking 
  • Home cooks who would love to host a dinner party but don’t know where to start

Modern Comfort Food

Modern Comfort Food

Ina Garten
A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
4.2 (14 ratings)

What's Modern Comfort Food about?

Modern Comfort Food (2020) is Ina Garten’s twelfth cookbook, focusing on all-American homestyle favorites to make us feel cozy and cared for. With her trademark chic yet relatable Hamptons style, Ina serves up comforting recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to cocktail hour to dessert.

Who should read Modern Comfort Food?

  • Anyone who isn’t into fancy food
  • People craving cozy vibes
  • Those wanting to get good and hungry before lunch

Juicing for Beginners

Juicing for Beginners

Rockridge Press
The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss

What's Juicing for Beginners about?

Juicing for Beginners (2013) is a comprehensive guidebook that tells you everything you need to know to get started on juicing. It covers the basics of juicing, from its health benefits and machine types, to different beginner-friendly recipes to try. 

Who should read Juicing for Beginners?

  • Those new to juicing
  • People seeking to lose weight
  • Anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle

The Inspired Vegan

The Inspired Vegan

Bryant Terry
Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus
3.6 (18 ratings)

What's The Inspired Vegan about?

The Inspired Vegan (2012) is a plant-based cookbook featuring original recipes as well as reimaginings of traditional soul food favorites, from johnnycakes to jambalaya. But it’s also a collage of inspiration – author Bryant Terry annotates recipes with recommendations for music, literature, and art to nourish not only readers’ appetites, but their creativity and culinary experimentalism. 

Who should read The Inspired Vegan?

  • People looking to break out of their cooking ruts
  • Home gardeners – or people who would like to be
  • Anyone who thinks that vegan food is boring tofu and bland beans

Ottolenghi Flavor

Ottolenghi Flavor

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
A Cookbook
4.2 (18 ratings)

What's Ottolenghi Flavor about?

Ottolenghi Flavor (2020) shows home cooks how to create big flavors. It offers guidance about which cooking methods get the best results in a plant-based kitchen; gives advice for pairing different ingredients and selecting the best produce; and provides inspiration for creating exciting and flavorful meals.

Who should read Ottolenghi Flavor?

  • Home cooks who are stuck in a flavor rut 
  • Newly converted vegetable-lovers looking for a guide to plant-based meals
  • Quarantine kitchen pros hosting fabulous dinner parties on Zoom

The Paleo Manifesto

The Paleo Manifesto

John Durant
Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
4.2 (26 ratings)

What's The Paleo Manifesto about?

The Paleo Manifesto (2013) is the go-to guide to going paleo. It explains why the Paleo diet is in sync with our ancestors’ diet, and how you can use humanity’s anthropological and evolutionary history to get fit, feel great and lead the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted to.

Who should read The Paleo Manifesto?

  • Anybody looking for a sustainable, intelligent diet
  • People tired of calorie-counting methods to lose weight
  • Anyone interested in the history and development of the human diet

The Art of Fermentation

The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Ellix Katz
An In-depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World
4.4 (66 ratings)

What's The Art of Fermentation about?

The Art of Fermentation (2012) is an award-winning exploration of fermentation – a biological process that offers a key to understanding our species’ evolution and culture. From the emergence of life on Earth to alcohol-loving bats and the art of making sauerkraut, Sandor Katz leaves no stone unturned in this gripping account of the natural and human history of fermentation. 

Who should read The Art of Fermentation?

  • Home cooks 
  • Natural history buffs
  • Healthy eaters

Flour Water Salt Yeast

Flour Water Salt Yeast

Ken Forkish
The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
4.0 (21 ratings)

What's Flour Water Salt Yeast about?

Flour Water Salt Yeast (2012) by Ken Forkish is a guide to the principles underlying high-quality baking, that you can apply to your own baking at home. By learning the fundamentals and developing a good technique, you can master the art of home baking and develop your own individual baking style.

Who should read Flour Water Salt Yeast?

  • Experienced home bakers looking to up their game
  • Baking novices who don’t know where to start
  • Anyone looking to develop an exciting new skill.

A Bone to Pick

A Bone to Pick

Mark Bittman
The Good and Bad News About Food
3.3 (20 ratings)

What's A Bone to Pick about?

A Bone to Pick (2015), a compilation of articles originally published in the New York Times, outlines the systemic problems in the American food industry. It lays out the governmental and agricultural problems that are holding the industry back – and harming us and our planet in the process.

Who should read A Bone to Pick?

  • Health and nutrition enthusiasts
  • Those wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle
  • People interested in sociology, economics or agriculture

Mastering Homebrew

Mastering Homebrew

Randy Mosher
The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer

What's Mastering Homebrew about?

Mastering Homebrew (2015) is an accessible guide to the art of making beer. This practical handbook gives a step-by-step overview of the whole process from brewing to bottling.

Who should read Mastering Homebrew?

  • Budding brewers looking to make their first batch
  • Seasoned drinkers seeking to deepen their beer knowledge
  • Anyone curious about making beer at home

In Pursuit of Garlic

In Pursuit of Garlic

Liz Primeau
An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb
4.3 (18 ratings)

What's In Pursuit of Garlic about?

In Pursuit of Garlic (2012) peels back the thin, papery skin to reveal the inner truths of the miraculous allium whose exquisite flavor and restorative properties have made it a kitchen staple for millennia. A deep dive into the plant’s history, cultivation and culinary and medical uses, this rich exploration of the “divinely odorous bulb” is jam-packed with tasty morsels for cooks, gardeners and history buffs.

Who should read In Pursuit of Garlic?

  • Garlic connoisseurs
  • Gardeners
  • Food history buffs

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

Alice B. Toklas
Traditional French recipes and a window into the Parisian avant garde
4.2 (13 ratings)

What's The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book about?

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book (1954) is as much a cookbook as it is a window into the louche world of Parisian expats before World War II. We follow Toklas and her partner, the writer Gertrude Stein, as they traipse all over the country in their Ford Model T, entertaining art luminaries like Picasso and Hemingway, collecting recipes along the way. By cooking Toklas’ recipes, we have the rare opportunity to participate in a long-gone age of carefree sensuality. 

Who should read The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book?

  • Anyone who loves a good, wine-soaked dinner party
  • Farm-to-table fans
  • Conscious carnivores

The Third Plate

The Third Plate

Dan Barber
Field Notes on the Future of Food
4.3 (19 ratings)

What's The Third Plate about?

The Third Plate (2014) is about food: the way we cook it, eat it, produce it and the ways in which all these things are intertwined. Barber examines the dangers of monocultures and presents a powerful argument for sustainable food. He not only explains how we can go about making food more sustainable, but how we can make it even more delicious, too.

Who should read The Third Plate?

  • Anyone interested in the future of our food
  • People who care about the environment and sustainable cuisine

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver
Our Year of Seasonal Eating
3.3 (13 ratings)

What's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle about?

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007) offers insights gained during the authors' year-long sojourn in the countryside. They lived only on seasonal and local food, and their experiment reveals the right time to eat each vegetable and the importance of investing in the local food made by local farmers.

Who should read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?

  • Farmers who want to deepen their understanding of seasonal eating
  • People who want to learn about the importance of cooking
  • Anyone with food-related health problems

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