Book Talk: new cookbooks to spice up your weekend!


If you are anything like me, you find yourself making the same five meals over and over again. I really need some new recipes to add to my shtick of tacos, taco salad, chicken with different sauces, pasta and various food from Trader Joe’s.

When you make breakfast, pack lunches and cook dinner nearly every night its easy to fall into a rut.

Just when I was feeling frustrated and like all hope was lost, I bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. Gluten free and low fat, its a healthy cookbook that features many meals that I found myself anxious to make.

Immediately I cooked some quinoa flake granola and it turned out well. I bookmarked lots of recipes and felt a surge of hope! I also started talking with a British accent and calling my kids Apple and Moses. But seriously, its a great cookbook.

Then Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox with More Than 160 Happier Meals came along. I follow Catherine McCord’s Weelicious Instagram and love the pictures and lunch ideas (although my own teenagers only want quick snacks, not full meals to take to school).

In this beautiful cookbook, Catherine shares recipes, tips and ideas on packing lunches. The recipes are ideal for side dishes and meals at home not just packed lunches for school. I can only imagine how overjoyed parents will be with this book- finally lunches made easy! And creative! And nutritious! The food is visually appealing and tasty.



Ingrid Hoffmann’s cookbook Latin D’Lite is another winner. I found loads of easy, healthy recipes I’d like to cook up for my family. You might know Ingrid as the host of the Cooking Channel’s show, Simply Delicioso. Latin food is new to me so I was thrilled to find new recipes and not the same old ones lightly refurbished.

This gorgeous book offers recipes for snacks, breakfast, soups, salads, side dishes, main dishes and desserts all using fresh ingredients that can easily be found at your favorite grocery store- nothing too exotic or out of the ordinary.

The recipes are easy and aren’t too involved. I like to make my meals in thirty minutes so finding recipes I can make quickly is important to me.  I am excited to learn more about Latin cuisine and add some new favorites to my repertoire.


I really like looking through cookbooks and finding new meals to make. Since going gluten-free and trying to eat less meat and dairy, its been tough to find recipes that will work for me. I really like these cookbooks and hope you give them a try.  I used to always refer to my grandmother’s old church cookbook for casseroles and muffins but dietary restrictions are forcing me to branch out and discover new foods and spices. 

I follow a bunch of great people on Facebook who offer great recipes, check out my Facebook page and look at my LIKEs for these as well as my Pinterest board that has a board for food (nutritious and lately, gluten free).

Do you have any favorite cookbooks?








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