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8 Mouth-Watering Cookbooks That Belong On Your Shelf

Who doesn't love a good cookbook? They're basically collections of photos and recipes guaranteed to make you hungry.

If you know me in real life, follow me on Instagram, or read basically any of my blog posts, you know that I love food. Cooking it, photographing it, eating it...you name it and it has my heart.

I could go on and on about why I love food, but today we're talking about cookbooks. You know: those glossy pages that make you drop your diet faster than you can say "preheat the oven."

This week, I've rounded up nine of my top cookbooks, from Filipino food to fries. These are filled with tried-and-true recipes anyone can attempt. Whether you're an aspiring chef or trying to spice up weeknight dinners, there's something for you.


Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

Brian Noyes is the founder of a small-town bakery that somehow received nationwide drooling and presidential approval. How? Their irresistible baked goods. In this cookbook, he takes you behind the scenes and shares recipes for treats like their signature pie crust, holler doughnuts, and savory stuffed biscuits.


Eat Like a Gilmore

Dying to be a resident of Stars Hollow? Well, I can't guarantee you citizenship, but at least you can eat like one. This cookbook is perfect for Gilmore fanatics who've always wished they could taste a burger from Luke's or one of Sookie's famous meals. Peppered with fun facts from the show, learn how to make burgers, rocky road cookies, or pumpkin pancakes.


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Best Lunch Box Ever

Tired of PB&J? Katie Sullivan Morford has the secret to making school lunches yummy, nutritious, and easy. This cookbook is filled with strategies, tips, and kid-approved recipes. Don't miss new favorites like Caprese skewers or fun twists on the classic sandwich.


More Retro Diner

If you're feeling nostalgic for milkshakes and patty melts, this one's for you. The minds behind this cookbook traveled to iconic diners to get the recipes for their signature dishes. Now you can have chocolate malts and french fries without ever leaving your house.


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Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars From New York's Legendary Fat Witch Bakery

There's nothing better than a warm, melt-in-your-mouth brownie. Patricia Helding spent hours perfecting her brownie recipe. Her co-workers went so crazy over it she decided to open a bakery. Now it's a top tourist attraction and a local favorite. To spread that chocolate magic all over the world, Helding published this cookbook. You'll go nuts over recipes for the classic brownies, banana bread brownies, and more.


Art of the Pie

Kate McDermott is something of a pie connoisseur. She's always loved being in the kitchen and is now working to spread the art of a good pie all over. Can't tackle the pie crust? Don't know what fruits are in season? This cookbook has you covered. It's full of step-by-step instructions and tips for the perfect pies. Don't forget pie recipes like caramel coconut, the perfect apple, or peach tapioca.


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Hello, Sugar! Classic Southern Sweets

This is one of my absolute favorite dessert cookbooks. This Southern cookbook puts a new spin on classic recipes. The sweets are so good, you might just find yourself catching a flight down south. (The S'more Skillet Cookie Pie is one of my family's favorites!)


Rice. Noodles. Yum.

Dreaming of some good Asian food? Me too. And with this cookbook, you don't even need takeout. Abigail Sotto Raines shares recipes for dishes like spring rolls, dumplings, coconut pancakes, and rice noodle bowls. This is perfect for the chef looking to spice up dinner while keeping cleanup low.


Do you have a favorite cookbook I didn't mention? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next week. Ciao, Zoe.


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