The Savvy Cook by Izy Hossack
The tagline on the cover of this book says it all: maximum flavor for minimum effort, without breaking the bank. Sound familiar? These recipes are exactly what we aim to produce at Real Simple: dishes starring in season (and easy-to-find) ingredients, with straightforward instructions and make-ahead tips. There’s even a streamlined chart on how to cook common grains, beans, and veggies.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes From Home and Abroad by Hetty McKinnon
Inspired by her travels to the Mediterranean, Australia, France, Asia, and a handful of other countries, these vegetable-centric recipes will bring new life to dinner—and provide you with dozens of practical cooking tips along the way. Though salads are the star here, the book concludes with a collection of mouthwatering desserts.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Mastering Stocks and Broths by Rachael S. Mamane
Likely the most comprehensive guide that exists on this topic, Mastering Stocks and Broths, written by the owner of broth company Brooklyn Bouillon, dives into the fascinating science and history of stocks. Once you begin building flavorful stocks from scratch (the book includes 100 recipes), you’ll realize how transformative they can be in your everyday cooking.
To buy: $23, amazon.com.
Mexican Ice Cream by Fany Gerson
You’ll want to feature this colorful cookbook prominently on your bookshelf. Starring ingredients range from cinnamon and avocado to mangoes and Mexican chocolate. Flipping through the pages will transport you to Mexico—and have you craving a towering cone of ice cream or sorbet.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.