These 5 Cookbooks Will Pull You Out of Your Recipe Slump and Inspire Tasty New Meals

If you've grown tired of the same old herbs and spices in your autopilot meals week after week, it may be time to try something different. From gluten-free dishes to recipes that actually support your beauty routine (seriously), these unique cookbooks are sure to put an interesting spin on your everyday meals.

The Food Lab Cookbook by J. Kenji López-Alt photo

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The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

With nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and a New York Times bestseller, The Food Lab cookbook is a must-have for any kitchen. The author delves into the science behind cooking, focusing on techniques that make standard dishes—like homemade macaroni and cheese—taste way better than the stuff you buy in a box. With hundreds of easy-to-make recipes accompanied by images, you'll have no problem finding a new way to cook your favorite food.

To Buy: $34, amazon.com

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The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen photo

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The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

Have you ever found a recipe you wanted to make to surprise your significant other, but saw the serving size was for 12 people? (Nobody has time to convert all those measurements!) Enter The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook. Featuring a perfect five-star rating, this cookbook was created with sensible serving sizes for couples. Whether you're cooking with a date or a roommate, this kitchen favorite contains over 650 delectable (and scaled-down) recipes brought to you by America's Test Kitchen.

To Buy: $33; crateandbarrel.com

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True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Kristin Cavallari photo

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True Roots

Another New York Times bestseller, True Roots by Kristin Cavallari is great for those who want to minimize processed foods. Using fresh and organic ingredients whenever possible, the recipes in this book aim to keep food close to its natural state to retain the most nutrients. It's a useful resource for those who want to commit to a healthier lifestyle, and especially for anyone with dietary restrictions: It's full of recipes that are gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free. Plus, clean eating doesn't mean boring—just check out the desserts in this book!

To Buy: $19 for paperback; amazon.com

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Eat Beautiful cookbook by Wendy Rowe photo

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Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

We never really think about how certain foods and meals can affect our skin. Eat Beautiful is a cookbook that also includes skincare and nutritional tips ranging from recipes for homemade face masks to information about the ingredients that nourish skin. Not only does this book inspire healthy eating habits, but it also helps you understand what you're putting into your body. Bonus: The book is organized by seasons, so you'll have no problem finding everything you need to make a tasty dish any time of year!

To Buy: $19; barnsandnoble.com

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Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, M.D. photo

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Clean Eats

For delicious, vegetarian-friendly recipes, Clean Eats contains dozens of different options to choose from. It's also great for the paleo diet, or if you just want to dig into some truly healthy recipes. This New York Times bestseller is more than just a cookbook, though: It also contains helpful tips for organizing your kitchen, meal plans, and short essays about clean eating. With more than 200 recipes to try (along with informational and inspirational content), this is one cookbook you'll never get bored with.

To Buy: $30; goop.com

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