Monday, May 11, 2020

Top 5 Simple Cookbooks to Get You Through Quarantine

Whether you need comfort, have too many leftovers or don’t know what to do with your pantry ingredients, these books have you covered.

1. My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients by Geoffrey Zakarian

While the simple-to-follow recipes in Perfect Pantry are definite keepers, the real value may lie in Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s advice for a home cook’s “must haves.” Get these essentials while you can and you’ll have a multitude of meal options in the future.

2. 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Though it’s getting harder and harder to procure everything on your grocery list, don’t let that discourage you from preparing delicious home cooked meals. Jamie Oliver’s five-ingredient recipes (think Creamy Mustard Chicken and Pork Sausage Burgers) will help you make the most of limited stock, including dishes that can be made exclusively with resources that are already in your kitchen.

3. Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard

These days, one man’s trash can be that same man’s treasure. Don’t throw out that banana peel! That rock-hard broccoli stem has a purpose, too! Pumpkin guts taste way better than they sound! Stretch your groceries to the nth degree with this helpful guidebook.

4. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown

It can feel almost impossible to feed a family on a budget without resorting to boiled hot dogs and instant ramen. Don’t fret. Good and Cheap will guide you on the path to healthy, tasty and affordable home cooking with crowd-pleasers such as Spicy Pulled Pork and Zucchini Chocolate Muffins.

5. Now and Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus and Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen

Now and Again will help transform your leftovers into brand new eating experiences. (To put it in David Bowie terms, you can summon the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust from a single meal.) Not only will you spare yourself time and effort down the road, you’ll never feel like you’re having the same meal twice.

Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity by Cassie Joy Garcia

If cooking on a daily basis is driving you bananas, consider consolidating your efforts into a single day. Try your hand at these easy (and, as a bonus, gluten-free) big batch recipes and give yourself a well-deserved break from multi-ingredient, time-consuming meal prep for a week, even more.

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