Summer days made for shucking corn, strolling the farmers market, testing out the new grill, and treating your friends and family to a memorable meal. Needless to say, an afternoon spent poring over pretty recipes is in your future. Below, get started with a few of the best cookbooks of 2017 that are as healthy as they are beautiful. Whether you’re planning a simple lunch, a home-cooked meal for two, or a backyard barbecue, you’ll find plenty of hunger-inducing inspiration here.
Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman
Authored by the creator of the immensely popular blog of the same name, Salad for President spearheads a strong campaign for integrating salad into every meal of the day. The book pairs more than 75 imaginative salad recipes with intimate interviews with artists and creative professionals like William Wegman, Alice Waters, and many more.
— HEALTHY BODY, HAPPY BELLY, MEAT-FREE MEALS —
Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor
Over kale and quinoa? Kathryne Taylor, author of popular vegetarian blog Cookie and Kate, will woo you over to her feel-good, plant-based world with her new book Love Real Foodegg-free. Celebrating fresh, wholesome, sustainable food, she delivers more than 100 approachable and delicious meatless meals, along with substitutions for those with diet restrictions. With delicious dishes like pineapple Pico de gallo, whole-grain blueberry muffins, and hearty green salad, you won’t miss a thing.
— UNPROCESSED, OVERLY DELIGHTFUL —
Pure and Simple by Pascale Naessens
Restrictive diets are not Pascale Naessens game. But her approach to healthy eating has only one rule: no carbohydrates with protein. In Pure and Simple, she embraces natural, unprocessed foods with more than 60 recipes with thoughtful combinations. Meat or fish + vegetables; carbohydrates + vegetables; or dairy + vegetables—three simple equations. Did we mention they’re absolutely mouthwatering? Trust us, you’ll be remarkably impressed.
There’s nothing more disappointing than opening up your beautiful new cookbook only to find the ingredients are expensive or not available where you live. Sarah Britton eschews that too-frequent experience with Naturally Nourished, an accessible cookbook filled with delicious vegetarian recipes and fantastic flavors that fit any budget. Her bright photography is just the icing on the cake.
— MUCH ADO ABOUT MATCHA —
Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide by Jessica Flint
If you’ve been bitten by the matcha bug, you probably don’t need to be schooled on the powdered green tea’s amazing benefits. But did you know you can cook with it, too? Jessica Flint’s hyper-focused new book Matcha features dozens of recipes for sweet and savory foods, as well as matcha-based drinks and cocktails. It’s basically the bible of the Church of Matcha.
— INSTAGRAM-WORTHY HOME COOKING —
Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt
If you’ve visited San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery, you know James Beard Award–winning Elisabeth Pruiett is a master of enticing yet wholesome meals. In Tartine All Day, she translates her professional expertise for the home cook, with 200 all-purpose recipes, from best-ever salad dressings to fool-proof salmon to dreamy desserts, that are as effortless as they are mouthwatering.
— SOPHISTICATED, NEWBIE-FRIENDLY RECIPES —
Kitchen Matters by Pamela Salzman
Certified holistic health counselor Pamela Salzman, who’s popular online cooking classes and blog have a cult following, brings her approachable culinary advice to paper in Kitchen Matters. New and busy home cooks will love her practical and elegant recipes, which integrate wholesome, veggie-forward ingredients and are easily customizable for vegetarian, vegan, and grain-free diets.
Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables by Joshua McFadden
Vegetable whisper and Momofuku alum Joshua McFadden of renowned trattoria Ava Gene’s in Portland, Oregon focuses on ripe ingredients and seasonality in his new book Six Seasons. He celebrates flavor at its peak with 225 recipes hand-selected for spring, early summer, midsummer, late summer, autumn, and winter. All year long there’s an ingenious dish to delight in.
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