Mini Reviews: Cookbooks

I absolutely love looking at cookbooks, despite not being able to cook for my life. However, that’s about to change. Hopefully, these amazing cookbooks begin my transformation into a master chef (with the threat of becoming a starved college student) Here are a few new finds I discovered that are very creative and versatile!



Prep by Katie Sullivan Morford

Rating: 4.5/5

A simple guide to one of life’s most essential skills: cooking.

New to the kitchen? Living on your own for the first time? Don’t be intimidated! This useful guide has everything you need to cook yourself real meals with real food. Centered around 10 basic lessons to get you comfortable in the kitchen, this book will get you whipping up nutritious meals, satisfying snacks, and simple desserts for you and your friends in no time. Also included are notes on knife skills, essential (and nonessential) cooking tools, and stocking your pantry. This is your go-to guide for cooking basics.

Table of Contents:
  1. Prep eggs like a pro
  2. Make Oatmeal, Rice, and Other Grains
  3. Fix a killer plate of pasta
  4. Turn a pot of beans into a meal
  5. Build a better salad
  6. Cook vegetables you want to eat
  7. Cook meat, chicken, and fish
  8. Make snacks and little meals
  9. Feed your friends
  10. Prep sweets to eat and share

I swear, after just glancing through the table of contents, I was smiling like an idiot. This book was literally calling my name. I can totally picture myself being a broke college freshman, opening my fridge to make oatmeal, in the morning, salad and eggs in the afternoon, and a slab of chicken breast at night. But with more flair and flavour thanks to the presence of this book. I am so so excited to be able to try out some of these recipes.

Each chapter consists of five recipes, but I think that’s more than enough to provide myself a foundation for the rest of my college years.

There so many pictures to accompany the book and although they are fairly simple, I’m still salivating over the recipes and photos.

As a cooking guide for college students, it also provides all the terminologies and tips necessary to begin our college cooking careers. I’m usually terribly afraid of recipes that have instructions that take up more than a page and get very turned off by ingredients list that consist of more than a half a dozen obscure ingredients. But Prep’s recipes are simple and the ingredients are minimal (#brokecollegestudent #brokeAF) but regardless, I can sense it’s potential of transforming me into a master chef (haha I’m joking). So reading through this cookbook was pure heaven for me.


The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Family Cookbook by Leah Webb

Rating: 4/5

The books is quite text heavy, but has a lot of useful information. I really found the introduction moving as Leah explained the origins and inspiration of The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Family Cookbook. It’s amazing reading through all the knowledge she has accumulated in order to provide a safe and healthy regimen for her family.

Converting to a healthier diet is difficult, which is something Leah emphasized in the introduction, but the book guides you along to help you with transition. There also other small tips that she provides such as how to include your kids in the process of cooking, getting budget friendly solutions to buying wholefood, meal planning, etc.

Some of my favorite recipes that I would love to try are:

  • shrimp scampi and zoodles
  • crispy sweet potato fries
  • coconut cream goji bites

The pictures that go along with the recipes are authentic and very homely, which goes along with the whole family theme of the cook book. I really enjoyed looking at the picture and the recipes (some of which seem very manageable!)


The Best of the Best Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs

Rating: 4/5

Your panini press will become your most versatile friend in the kitchen with The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, a compendium of Kathy Strahs’s best 100 panini press recipes, beautifully illustrated with new color photos.

Who knew this simple and easy-to-use kitchen appliance could do so much?

I used to love using the panini press to make myself a quick sandwich. I found this book super helpful. It’s a collection of 100 best recipes, more than enough to find a few favorites. The Best of the Best Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs has a wide array of recipes to try out, which stretch from the different croques monsieurs to even grilled desserts for any time of the day — breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners, for the weekday whirl and for relaxing times on weekends. I never knew how many things you can make with just a panini press!

It was so exciting learning all these new ways on using the panini press and I’m very excited to try some of these recipes out!

Some that I’ve found myself drooling over were:

  • Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Panini
  • Pork Tenderloin, Apple Butter and Provolone Panini
  • Grilled Peach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Blue Cheese, and Honey Balsamic Syrup
  • Strawberry, Banana and Nutella Panini



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