My Top Ten Favorite Cookbooks

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I love finding new recipes to try. Thankfully my 5 year old isn’t a picky eater and is usually willing to try a new food or two! πŸ™‚ However, I often go in spurts.  I’ll try new recipes every day for a while and then I’ll get into a rut and make the same foods each week for a while (or longer!) Either way, here’s a list of my standby cookbooks that I return to over and over again when looking for a new recipe or a twist on an old one:

1. Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. This classic is my all-time favorite cookbook and I reference it quite often. I’ve yet to make a recipe from this book we didn’t like!

2. The Cake Mix Doctor. If you don’t have the time or inclination to bake fancy cakes from scratch, this is a good book to have on hand! Using regular ole cake mix from a box you can make some awesome looking (and tasting) cakes relatively easily.

3. Fix-it and Forget-it. I use my slow-cooker at least once or twice a week, especially in the winter when I make lots of of soups and stews. If you’re not into using your slow-cooker much, you might after trying some of the recipes from this book. πŸ™‚

4. Fix-it and Forget-it for Entertaining. This is another cookbook in the Fix-it and Forget-it series. As indicated, it offers recipes for the slow-cooker that are suitable for entertaining; however, I also use many of the recipes for everyday use.

5. Whole Foods for the Whole Family. This cookbook is put out by the La Leche League International and I got it when I was pregnant with my son. The recipes are based on natural ingredients that have been processed as little as possible.  We’ve enjoyed many of the recipes in this book.

6. Whole Foods From the Whole World. Another book based on the above principle of using unprocessed, natural ingredients, with recipes from around the world. There are many tasty recipes in this book that I like to make in conjunction with Andrew’s home-schooling. As we learn about different countries, I try and make a couple of recipes from this book pertaining to each country.

7. Going Solo in the Kitchen. I got this book way back before I was married and have enjoyed many of the recipes since. And, because there are only three of us, I can double many of the recipes and still serve them to our family.

8. Jiffy Mixes Recipe Book. I mentioned a while back that Jiffy Mix offers this booklet for free, so you might want to consider getting a copy. This book doesn’t just have dessert recipes, but several main dishes that are actually quite good.

9. Recipes for Life from God’s Garden. I got this book several years ago at an all-natural health store open-house when I was going through a “raw-foods only” eating phase. I don’t adhere to the principles outlined in this book; however, there are several recipes that I still use to this day.

10. My Homemade Cookbook. (See tattered cover, above!) Before I got married, my wonderful mother-in-law took the time to write out some of their family-favorite recipes for me! Naturally, I use this home-made cookbook a lot. Rather, I used to. I know most of the recipes by heart now. πŸ™‚

What cook book (or books) is your favorite or regularly used in your home?

(Connected to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)


  1. Thanks for the great list! I particularly like to use my crock pot, I can set it and go. Busy mom’s need to find short cuts.

  2. I love cookbooks. I recently got rid of my slow cooker because I never used it. I like my pressure cooker better, but the crock pot certainly has lots of fans. I love our family cookbook too.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      Hi Betsy, My dad has a pressure cooker and loves it. Personally, it makes me nervous. I’m too concerned that it might explode on me! lol! (Silly, I know.)

  3. My favorite cookbook is definitely the binder that I have put together myself. I don’t know that I have a second favorite, but I have several that I use from time to time.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      That’s great, Angie. Is the binder of recipes all your own recipes or copies of other recipes that you’ve printed/copied to save?

      I have a note book of recipes that I’ve printed online (mostly from Food Network) but I hardly ever even look at it.

  4. Oh, what a great idea! And thank you for the ideas. I have a few cookbooks, but I only use limited #s of recipes from each. I, too, have a homemade cookbook that is probably my most important one. Oh, I know one I can share! Dom Deluise’s “Eat this, It’lL Make You Feel Better.”

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