Let’s face it, sometimes we just get stuck in a cooking rut. While it may be tempting to just order takeout or by boxed desserts, it’s not always the healthiest or affordable option out there. Plus it’s so much more satisfying making something as elegant as a chocolate souffle with your own twohands. With Playster, it’s easy to get all your favorite cookbooks in one place—save some shelf space and go digital! We’ve picked out ten of the best cookbooks that will make you the head chef of your kitchen:
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs – The Food52 Cookbook
When it comes to food blogs, Food52 has created one of the best communities around. Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs teamed up to celebrate home cooks in America with 140 recipes ranging from breakfast treats to grilled meats, and everything in between. Remember, all the recipes in this book come from home cooks, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to at least attempt these recipes. Our personal favorites include the “Not Red Velvet” Cake with Fudge Glaze, and Rosemary and Thyme Pita Chips. Both are super simple to make… and making us hungry.
Stanley Tucci – The Tucci Cookbook
Did you know that Stanley Tucci is more than a Hollywood star? Tucci shares his love for Italian food with recipes from his family in this gorgeously curated book that will have you drooling in seconds. Indulge in complex dishes like homemade pasta, or simple, homey recipes like mozzarella in carrozza, an Italian take on the classic grilled cheese. As a foodie himself, Mr. Tucci captures the essence of Italy and the perfect wine pairings for each dish. You’ll be singing by the end of the night.
Rachael Ray – Week in a Day
Rachael Ray became a cultural icon with her hit show 30 Minute Meals. Since then, she’s become a household name synonymous with quick meals that’ll banish your fear of the kitchen. Week in a Day is just that: get all your meals for the week prepped and ready in a single day. With themed weeks and plenty of variety, meal planning will certainly never get boring. If you have trouble menu planning, this book is the perfect solution.
Carla Hall – Carla’s Comfort Food
You’ll know Carla Hall from The Chew and as a contestant on Top Chef. Carla’s Comfort Food takes traditional dishes you know and love, adding a fresh take on old flavors. The basics of each recipe are all there, making it super simple for readers to follow along; the only thing changing in these recipes are spices. Do you love the The Chew as much as we do? Playster also carries Mario Batali and Clinton Kelly’s cookbooks!
Bobby Flay – Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life
There’s no reason to be afraid of the grill, and Bobby Flay is the perfect teacher to help you learn. This book includes everything on the art of grilling, from what sauces to use on your grilled meats, to what temperature your grill should be set at to char meat to crispy-moist perfection. And let’s not forget to mention the variety here: Flay offers a huge selection of grilling options for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. If grilling still isn’t your thing after reading this book, most of these recipes work great in the oven, too!
The Essential Cake Boss – Buddy Valastro
Baking not your thing? Self-proclaimed Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will help you master the art with classic tip and tricks from the professional himself. Learn how to properly frost a cake, or bake the perfect cookies without any fuss. If you’re a more skilled baker, learn how to make a perfect rose out of frosting to decorate cakes. Be the talk of every party when you show up with a masterfully decorated cake, made by yours truly.
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