Recently I wrote about how every twenty-something should be able to make themselves 7 solid meals before they enter the real world, where eating pizza and Chinese takeout every night is no longer acceptable. But where are we supposed to learn to how to make these seven delicious meals that we will no doubt eat extremely often in our first few years of work? Perhaps your parents taught you to cook growing up, maybe you are a Ramel Noodle making goddess, and at this point you can likely heat up a frozen waffle, make a sandwich, and throw pasta in a pot of boiling water – but those aren’t meals, yes they are technically a meal in that you can eat them and continue your day, but a real meal to me involves work, love, taste testing, and creativity – and lets face it Ramen checks none of those boxes.
Not everyone is a domestic cooking goddess right of of the gate, but that is why the great chef’s of the world have published cookbooks (be on the lookout for one from our own Terez Evans next year!). So with that in mind here are my top 5 favorite cook books, get out there read some recipes, try things out, and learn – that’s the only way to get better.
These all offer different approaches to meals, and different tasty treats to master. My personal favorite is The New Best Recipe, shout out to mom for giving it to me, while my paleo man loves The Paleo Kitchen. Food & Wine continues to nail it with everything, and everyone needs to eat vegetables, so why not do it in a creative way? Finally – being from the south, the Barefoot Contessa is my home girl, love you Ina.
Good Eats Everyone!