Cooks & Chef

You've always said that "someday" you'll start that meal prep or dinner party business, but where do you start? This resource is everything you need to start and build a successful personal chef business.

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My Fav Cookbooks for Healthy Eating

These are the cookbooks I use in my business. My personal chef specialty is healthy weeknight meals. I'm hoping they inspire creativity for your weekly menus! #affiliate

A Taco Walks into a Bar

A taco walks into a bar. The bartender says, “we don't serve tacos here!” The taco replies, “that's okay, I just came in for a margarita." - Southwest yum by Virginia Stockwell (yep it's 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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Business Books

If there is a book club about business, I want to be a part of it! I admit to never indulging in fiction. I'm non-fiction business books as a summer reading list all the way. These are business books that have changed my perspective on how I look at my personal business model and lifestyle. If you have a recommendation not on this list, you must share.

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Setting the Table

The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer

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Will Write for Food

The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir and More by Dianne Jacob

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The One Thing

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

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Profit First

Transforming Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

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Building a Story Brand

Clarify Your Messages So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

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Crushing It!

How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence and How You Can Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

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