I use Pinterest several times a week to find new recipes and my old favorites. It is so easy to organize and recall recipes I want to use again.
But there is something about using a real, paper cookbook that is unlike the online experience.
So today, I want to share with you my top 10 favorite cookbooks and what I love about them.
These cookbooks are written by my favorite authors and bloggers. They have easy to follow recipes, beautiful photography and make me happy to cook real food for my family.
My Top 5 Favorite Cookbooks for Real Food Recipes
1. The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen by Jill Winger
I love this cookbook because of it’s simplicity and thoroughness. Simple because every recipe includes real food ingredients you can find in any grocery store (nothing fancy) or grow yourself. No expensive or exotic ingredients here.
Thorough because she not only has amazing recipes, she also has tips for homesteading, gardening and homemaking you don’t want to miss. Oh, and the photography is amazing. If you can only afford one printed cookbook, I highly recommend this one!
2. 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love (100 Days of Real Food series) by Lisa Leake
Lisa is the original way I learned about real food and how adopting a real food lifestyle can positively impact your health and the health of your family. She talks about why they started their journey and gives tips and tricks to help you start your first 100 days of real food and beyond.
Her real food recipes are easy and timeless. They will get you switched to a real food lifestyle in no time!
3. Hand Made: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living by Melissa K Norris
This book is a great resource for old fashioned cooking and baking recipes, which Melissa excels at making. But it is also a source of non-edible recipes for things such as candle-making, natural lip balms, salves and lotions. Great for any aspiring homesteader.
4. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines
As with everything she does, Joanna doesn’t cut corners with this beautiful cookbook. Her recipes are timeless and inspirational. The photography in this book is beautiful as well.
Almost every recipe includes 100% real food ingredients, with only a few exceptions. Her goal is to gather people around the table with food that is classic and memorable.
5. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food (100 Days of Real Food series) by Lisa Leake
Because I loved Lisa’s original book (I discussed above), I had to get this one too. In our busy world, we need real food meals that are quick and easy. This helps us move away from the processed lifestyle to eating real, whole foods daily. The recipes and advice in this book is a great companion to the original book, but stands on it’s own as well.
I used to have many more cookbooks, but I lost them in the house fire of 2014. So these are the newer ones I have bought since then.
Browsing thru these cookbooks and trying new recipes gives me such inspiration and reinvigoration to stay on my real food journey. I think it will do the same for you.
So if any of these cookbooks interest you, click on the Amazon links in the name and get them sent right to your house. Then you can try some new recipes and get inspiration as well.
What is your favorite printed cookbook that you refer to often? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!