Cooking channels have reawakened the art of cuisine and inspired millions of people to start cooking more, and cooking better. Things like using fresh, local ingredients, and substituting healthier options are all increasingly becoming the norm in mainstream culture. Take a cue from the zeitgeist and explore your kitchen talents! Here’s a list of fun cookbooks to try out this season.
Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook
The perfect gift for the OITNB fan in your life, here’s a cookbook from the hit Netflix series about life in a women’s prison. The kitchen plays a central role in the show as the location of power and influence: She who runs the food, runs the yard…so to speak. 65 recipes cover the gamut of eating in prison; things like Red’s Chicken Kiev and Prison Punch are included, as well as Homemade Homeopathic Remedies used in the show.
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
We love this cookbook from the LA-based crew known as Thug Kitchen. They bring a bold attitude toward better eating, using plenty of hilarious, off-color language to express that it’s time for us to stop using microwaves as cooking tools and quit eating anything that comes out of a box or a plastic bag. You’ll get great advice on how to select vegetables from local markets, pointers about how to always have fresh ingredients on hand when cooking, and maybe some new colorful phrases.
The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local
The talents of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen seem to have no end. They play music, they star on their own hit show Portlandia, they have written a few books, and now, they have released a cookbook. Taking a cue from culinary bents of the West Coast, enjoy 50 recipes for those very particular types of foodies: the organic farmer, the vegan, the freegan, the food truck gourmand. It’s a hilarious cookbook of asides and anecdotes taken from their show’s characters. Comedy aside, the recipes are real and they’ll require local chicken. Oh and, yes, they put a bird on it.
Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook
Compiled from the popular column Genius Recipes on the blog Food52, this cookbook brings together such notables as Nigella Lawson, Jim Lahey, Marcella Hazan and many other culinary luminaries. What’s a Genius recipe? It’s one that takes a new look at an old ingredient, or otherwise introduces a new kitchen technique to simplify cooking. Filled with stunning color photos, this book will add 100 recipes to your repertoire. You’ll soon be feeling very genius.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
A cookbook to change your life, The Oh She Glows Cookbook includes recipes cultivated over years of the author’s journey to eat better in order to feel better. This compendium of over 100 vegan recipes all center on making you feel, well, like you’re glowing. What began as a personal journey recorded on a blog has become a runaway bestseller with millions of fans of the energy and well-being promoted by eating whole foods.