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Cookbooks for Healthy Eating

My personal chef specialty is healthy weeknight meals and these are the cookbooks that inspire me

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

I felt like such an adult when receiving this cookbook as a gift. Ina Garten knows how to make simple food taste great. She's the one that taught me about "good" olive oil.

The Plantiful Table

Easy, from-the-earth recipes for the whole family says Andrea Duclos. I love that she provides a hint on how she sneaks vegetables into the dish so her kids will eat it. It's family friendly indeed.

Thug Kitchen

The official cookbook, eat like you give a f*ck. I cook a fair amount of vegan entrees and this book offers some fantastic inspiration that even kids love. This California girl always loves a fellow southwest style cookbook.

The Blender Girl

Tess Masters shows off super easy, super health meals, snacks, desserts and drinks. It's 100 gluten free and vegan recipes. I always feel so healthy just turning the pages.

The Homemade Vegan Pantry

The art of making your own staples by Miyoko Schinner will definitely keep you busy in the kitchen. Isn't it everyone's dream to have only homemade staples lining the shelves?

So Easy

Luscious, healthy recipes for every meal of the week from Ellie Krieger. She was my hero when learning how to cook. She could take a fatty dish and turn it into wholesome and healthy.

Modern Raw

When you're curious about the raw food diet or a client asks you to "cook" for them, Rachel Carr has a beautiful cookbook showing you how.


Brendan Brazier introduced me to the vegan diet when he put out this book, sharing his life and recipes. As an ultra-marathoner, he knows how to put together a vegan athletic diet.

Run Fast. Eat Slow.

Yeah, they had me and I bought the other book available aimed at "Nourishing Recipes for Athletes." I love a good whole foods cookbook!

The Defined Dish

These are Whole30 endorsed recipes by Alex Snodgrass. I do a lot of specialty diet cooking for my clients, but also appreciate all cookbooks using whole foods, especially when using vegetables as the star.

Smuggler's Cove

Okay, not really a "cook" book I admit, but a darn good book by Martin Cate on tiki cocktails. It's possible I've had every single drink in this book.

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Samin Nosrat has been holding steady as #1 best selling cookbook on Amazon for months. One peak into the book will tell you why. Be sure and check out her Netflix show as well.

Martha Stewart's Appetizers

When you're brainstorming the cocktail hour, Martha brings back some of the classic appetizers. Over 200 recipes are offered that are sure to please any crowd.

Bountiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion

Is there an occasion that doesn't require a snack board? I think not. Maegan Brown will definitely bring inspiration in helping you create the perfect display for any party.

True Roots

Have I emphasized that my cooking specialty is "healthy weeknight dinners." My clients are often gluten free, have allergies to dairy, or request low sugar diets. This book by Kristin Cavllari fulfills all those requirements.

It's All Good

Gwenyth Paltrow keeps it simple with just a few real ingredients. This book is super helpful with clients on a special diet of no dairy, eggs, sugar, fish, wheat, meat or soy. Yes, I have those clients!

The Flavor Bible 

The subtitle is "The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs." It's like a dictionary for chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.

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