Tired of Eating the Same Weeknight Meals? These 4 Cookbooks Will Enhance Your Recipe Rolodex
If I had a dollar for every time I loaded and unloaded my dishwasher in the last two months, I’d probably be able to retire. With the majority of restaurants being closed and having limited take-out options, I’ve found myself cooking three meals a day, seven days a week. Thankfully, I love spending time in my kitchen, mastering new dishes. But when cooking becomes your only option, everything starts to feel bland and mundane.
After about a month of constant cooking, the quality of my meals started to take a serious downturn. I went from making five-star, balanced dishes to whatever I had the energy to throw together (I’m pretty sure I ate just toast with butter and jam one night). While eating scrambled eggs twice a day may seem convenient, it’s definitely not sustainable. I knew I needed some recipe inspiration to switch things up, and ordering some new cookbooks was just the solution.
If you’re falling into a cooking funk, these brilliant cookbooks may be just what you need. Whether you’re craving new cuisines, plant-based sides, or just want to make something completely different, look no further. Here are four of the best new cookbooks for weeknight meals and beyond.
The Defined Dish: Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Meals by Alex Snodgrass
Whenever I want to make something nutritious, satisfying, and simple, I reach for The Defined Dish ($27, barnesandnoble.com). Alex Snodgrass’ collection of recipes are broken down by different categories that make choosing a dish beyond simple. Whether you’re craving Mediterranean, a satisfying salad, or want to cook up something that’s "better than takeout," this book has you covered. Her Chorizo con Papas Taquitos are easy to make and are perfect for leftovers, and the Hibachi-Style Chicken with Magic Mustard Sauce is insanely flavorful—it really tastes better than anything you could get at a restaurant.
Eat What You Want by Gaby Dalkin
Gaby Dalkin just released her third cookbook, Eat What You Want, ($30, williams-sonoma.com) and it’s an actual masterpiece. Best known for her fresh, California-inspired recipes, Dalkin's stocked with delectable and innovative dishes like Street Food Pad Thai, Mole Nachos, and Pink Cacio e Pepe. Eat What You Want also includes countless recipes for dressings, sauces, and marinades, which are perfect for jazzing up any basic dish. And don’t forget to give a gander at Gaby’s drool-worthy desserts and fun, tasty cocktails. (You can’t make her mouth-watering carnitas without a Paloma in-hand.)
Simple Beautiful Food by Amanda Frederickson
Amanda Frederickson can usually be found “fridge-foraging” on her Instagram every Wednesday, which may not be too different from what we’re doing every night while stuck at home. But her new cookbook, Simple Beautiful FoodSimple Beautiful Food, ($17, target.com) showcases recipes that are exactly that: uncomplicated, fresh, and satiating. Skip your conventional grilled cheese and indulge in a Baked Croque Madame. Get your greens and grain fix with her Kale, Farro, and Halloumi Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette or spice up your side dishes by cooking up her Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sriracha and Lime.
Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball has the ability to create heavenly, full-flavored recipes that can be prepared in just 45 minutes. From classic dishes like Pasta alla Norma and Cuban Picadillo to more adventurous fare like Tibetan Curried Noodles with Beef and Cabbage and Beef Suya, Milk Street Tuesday Nights ($23, target.com) has a little bit of everything to conquer every craving. And with over 200 recipes to choose from, you’ll always be inspired to cook up something different and exciting.