Our 6 Favorite August Cookbooks

The end of summer just got a whole lot tastier.


The Perfect Cookie by America’s Test Kitchen


America’s Test Kitchen compiled their extensive baking knowledge into this new cookbook—your one-stop shop for cookies. They break down key steps and techniques for every recipe, which range from the classics (thumbprints and peanut butter) to modern twists (cornmeal orange cookies, anyone?). 

To buy: $24, amazon.com.

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Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong


The award-winning creators of the popular blog Nom Nom Paleo are at it again. Whether you’re cooking for one or the whole family, Tam and Fong bring simplicity to paleo cooking. The book is packed with weekly dinner plans and shopping lists, and is suitable for all experience levels.

To buy: $24, amazon.com.

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BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks


Satisfy your sugary cravings with this gorgeous cookbook, which provides surprising stories of how classic American desserts rose to popularity. We guarantee you won't know where to start, so we suggest beginning with the One-Bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake.

To buy: $25, amazon.com.

Photo by W. W. Norton & Company


The Better Than Takeout Thai Cookbook by Danette St. Onge


Yes, you can ditch takeout Thai food and still enjoy the sweet, sour, and salty flavors of the cuisine. How? By making it at home! These recipes require minimal ingredients, and take 30 minutes or less to make. You'll be impressed by the bold, delicious flavors that come out of your own kitchen. 

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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One Bowl Meals Cookbook by Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen


Busy weeknights just got a whole lot easier. You'll find everything from flavorful international recipes to everyday staples, such as rice, pesto, and salad dressings. The best part? One bowl means fewer dishes.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

Photo by williams-sonoma.com

Real Food Heals by Seamus Mullen


After a near-death experience brought on by an autoimmune disease, Seamus Mullen drastically changed the way he cooked—and now he's stronger than ever before. Packed with whole, unprocessed ingredients and a 21 jump-start meal plan, this cookbook makes healthy taste great.

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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