Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Quick & Easy Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards. Visually exciting and deliciously enticing, these snack boards by Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama) move beyond (and include) classic cheese and charcuterie and are comprised of easy-to-find fresh and prepared foods, arranged in beautiful, artful, and whimsical ways (think red, white, and blue snacks shaped into an American flag for celebrating Fourth of July and a fruit-and-veggie rainbow with cracker clouds to brighten any day). The variety of foods on each board will delight everyone, and the stunning presentation will encourage kids to try foods they might normally refuse. Plus, you can make the boards ahead of time, so you can actually sit down and spend time with your loved ones. In this book, you will find boards for anytime family meals and snacks , seasons and holidays , breakfast and brunch , desserts , and entertaining and special occasions . Impress your family and friends with artful masterpieces , including: Build-Your-Own Parfait Board Mimosa Board Summer Fun Board Take Me Out to the Ball Game Board Mediterranean Mezze Board Barbecue Board S’mores Board Build-Your-Own Sundae Board Along with The BakerMama’s tips to get you into the board mind-set , every board is accompanied by a gorgeous, large photo and step-by-step instructions to make each one easy to recreate. Beautiful Boards is an entertaining game changer that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time having fun. Discover even more inspiring food presentation ideas from The BakerMama in her Beautiful Boards follow-up, Spectacular Spreads .

  • Author: Maegan Brown
  • Publisher: Rock Point (September 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-1631066474
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches

                 

2. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  There’s something for everyone in these 125 easy, show-stopping recipes: fewer ingredients, foolproof meal-prepping, effortless entertaining, and everything in between, including vegan and vegetarian options! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORK “Those indulgent, comfort food-esque dishes Tieghan is known for aren’t going anywhere. . . . You’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one to make first.”— Food & Wine We all want to make and serve our loved ones beautiful food—but we shouldn’t have to work so hard to do it. With Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, Tieghan Gerard has solved that problem.  On her blog and in her debut cookbook, Tieghan is beloved for her freshly sourced, comfort-food-forward recipes that taste even better than they look. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple takes what fans loved most about Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and distills it into quicker, more manageable dishes, including options for one-pot meals, night-before meal prep, and even some Instant Pot® or slow cooker recipes. Using the most important cooking basics, you’ll whip up everyday dishes like Cardamom Apple Fritters , Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese , and Lobster Tacos to share with your family, or plan stress-free dinner parties with options like Slow Roasted Moroccan Salmon and Fresh Corn and Zucchini Summer Lasagna . Especially for home cooks who are pressed for time or just starting out, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple is your go-to for hassle-free meals that never sacrifice taste.

  • Author: Tieghan Gerard
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0525577072
  • Dimensions: 8.39 x 0.97 x 10.25 inches

                 

3. The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results -- with Photographs of Every Step


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The easiest-to-follow Instant Pot cookbook ever: 100 delicious recipes with more than 750 photographs guiding you every step of the way Jeffrey Eisner's popular Pressure Luck Cooking website and YouTube channel have shown millions of home cooks how to make magic in their Instant Pots. Now Eisner takes the patient, fun, step-by-step approach that made him an online phenomenon and delivers a cookbook of 100 essential dishes that will demystify pressure cooking for Instant Pot users of all abilities--and put an astounding dinner on the table in a flash. Every flavor-filled recipe in this book is illustrated with clear photographs showing exactly what to do in each step. There are no surprises: no hard-to-find ingredients, no fussy extra techniques, and nothing even the most reluctant cooks can't master in moments. What you see is truly what you get, in delicious and simple dishes such as: Mac & Cheese Quick Quinoa Salad French Onion Chicken Eisner's popular Best-Ever Pot Roast Ratatouille Stew And even desserts such as Bananas Foster and Crème Brulée.

  • Author: Jeffrey Eisner
  • Publisher: Voracious (April 14, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
  • ISBN: 978-0316460835
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.75 x 9.13 inches

                 

4. The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER Enjoy family-friendly recipes that are ready in no time, when you've got no time, from New York Times bestselling author, online phenomenon, and TV star Ayesha Curry .  Ayesha Curry knows what it's like to have so much on your plate you can barely think about dinner. But she also knows that finding balance between work and family life starts with gathering around the table to enjoy a home-cooked meal.  The Full Plate brings the best of Ayesha's home kitchen straight to you, with 100 recipes that are flexible and flavorful and come together in less than an hour. You'll find sheet pan dinners and crowd-pleaser pastas, hearty salads and healthy updates to takeout favorites, and fresh spins on classic dishes-plus kid-friendly meals, desserts, and sides (and a few beverages just for the adults). Recipes include: Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches Crab Bucatini Sheet Pan Pork Chops Guava Ginger Ice Cream Spicy Margaritas, and more

  • Author: Ayesha Curry
  • Publisher: Voracious; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

5. Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A thoroughly modern guide to becoming a better, faster, more creative cook, featuring fun, flavorful recipes anyone can make. “Surprising no one, Molly has written a book as smart, stylish, and entertaining as she is.”—Carla Lalli Music, author of Where Cooking Begins If you seek out, celebrate, and obsess over good food but lack the skills and confidence necessary to make it at home, you’ve just won a ticket to a life filled with supreme deliciousness. Cook This Book is a new kind of foundational cookbook from Molly Baz, who’s here to teach you absolutely everything she knows and equip you with the tools to become a better, more efficient cook.  Molly breaks the essentials of cooking down to clear and uncomplicated recipes that deliver big flavor with little effort and a side of education, including dishes like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions and Dill, Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara, and of course, her signature Cae Sal. But this is not your average cookbook. More than a collection of recipes, Cook This Book teaches you the invaluable superpower of improvisation though visually compelling lessons on such topics as the importance of salt and how to balance flavor, giving you all the tools necessary to make food taste great every time. Throughout, you’ll encounter dozens of QR codes, accessed through the camera app on your smartphone, that link to short technique-driven videos hosted by Molly to help illuminate some of the trickier skills.  As Molly says, “Cooking is really fun, I swear. You simply need to set yourself up for success to truly enjoy it.” Cook This Boo k will help you do just that, inspiring a new generation to find joy in the kitchen and take pride in putting a home-cooked meal on the table, all with the unbridled fun and spirit that only Molly could inspire.

  • Author: Molly Baz
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (April 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
  • ISBN: 978-0593138274
  • Dimensions: 8.63 x 0.96 x 10.56 inches

                 



6. The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

From #1  New York Times  bestselling author Gina Homolka comes the must-have air fryer cookbook, featuring 75 quick and easy recipes that deliver on Skinnytaste’s signature “light on calories, big on flavor” promise.   Gina Homolka is beloved for her incredible recipes that transform your favorite, comforting foods into healthy, low-cal dishes with tons of flavor. Now she brings her expertise to the game-changing air fryer appliance. Using high-powered, super-hot circulating air like a convection oven, air fryers crisp up your favorite "fried" foods with barely any oil needed. Cook times are shorter than traditional oven methods and the process requires little clean-up.  In  The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook , Gina shares 75 of her best recipes that work in every type of air fryer, including basket models and countertop ovens with air fryer settings. You'll of course find crave-worthy recipes for traditionally fried foods, such as  Chicken-Vegetable Spring Rolls ,  Crispy Coconut Shrimp ,  Za’atar Chickpeas , and  Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders , but Gina also shows you how versatile the appliance can be. Perfectly roasted meats and vegetables like  Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps ,  Roasted Fish with Lemon-Almond Crumbs ,  Sugar and Spice Acorn Squash , and  Charred Sesame Green Beans , along with baked goods like  Homemade Bagels  and  Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing , are all executed beautifully in the compact air fryer.   For those of us with a sweet tooth,  The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook  even offers low-cal desserts, including  Churros ,  Very Berry Mini Pie , and  Baked Apples with Streusel Topping . Many dishes are vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto-friendly—all called out with helpful icons—and every recipe includes nutritional information (with the most up-to-date Weight Watchers points found on the blog).

  • Author: Gina Homolka
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1984825643
  • Dimensions: 7.21 x 0.58 x 9.26 inches

                 

7. The Pioneer Woman Cooks―Super Easy!: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

Bring the family together—and take it easy on yourself! Between my family, my website, my cookbooks, and my TV show, I make a lot of food around here! And as much as I’ve always loved cooking (and of course, eating!), it seems that more and more these days, I’m looking for ways to simplify my life in the kitchen. I find myself gravitating toward recipes that are delicious but don’t require a lot of prep or fuss, because they free me up to have more time (and energy) for other areas of my life. This also makes cooking less of a chore and more of a pleasure—exactly what cooking should be! The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Super Easy! will free you up and transform your cooking life as well, with 120 recipes that range from effortless breakfasts to breezy skillet meals to speedy soups to ready-in-minutes Tex-Mex delights, so you’ll have lots of options for any given meal. Many recipes in this cookbook call for step-saving (and sanity-saving) shortcuts that will revolutionize the time you spend making meals for your family, and all of them are utterly scrumptious! I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this new generation of recipes, including Butter Pecan French Toast, Buffalo Chicken Totchos, Speedy Dumpling Soup, Broccoli-Cheese Stromboli (so great for kids!), and an entire section of pastas and grains, such as One-Pot Sausage Pasta and colorful and fresh Hawaiian Shrimp Bowls. You’ll find yummy meals such as Pepperoni Fried Rice, Chicken-Fried Steak Fingers, and ultra-tasty Chicken Curry in a Hurry . . . as well as assemble-in-the-baking-dish casseroles, throw-together sheet pan suppers, and simply decadent desserts such as Mug Cakes, Coconut Cream Pie, and Brownie S’Mores Bars that you’ll dream about. There’s something for everyone in this cookbook, and not a single recipe, ingredient, or step is complicated or difficult. Now that’s the kind of cooking we can all get behind!

  • Author: Ree Drummond
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
  • ISBN: 978-0062962768
  • Dimensions: 7.94 x 1.17 x 10 inches

                 

8. Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends,  Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe. Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to make dinner every night, she started doing the cooking—at age 15. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harvest . Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains.   While it might be a trek to get to Tieghan’s barn-turned-test kitchen, her creativity shines here: dress up that cheese board with a real honey comb; decorate a standard salad with spicy, crispy sweet potato fries; serve stir fry over forbidden black rice; give French Onion Soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread; bake a secret ingredient into your apple pie (hint: it’s molasses). And a striking photograph accompanies every recipe, making Half Baked Harvest Cookbook a feast your eyes, too.

  • Author: Tieghan Gerard
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (September 12, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0553496390
  • Dimensions: 8.23 x 1.05 x 10.26 inches

                 

9. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Food Network  • The Washington Post •  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Town & Country In  Modern Comfort Food , Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron! There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you’ll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina’s dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining—it’s like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way. From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you’ll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.

  • Author: Ina Garten
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0804187060
  • Dimensions: 7.69 x 0.83 x 10.27 inches

                 

10. The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Quick & Easy Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Healthy, easy, and delicious recipes from the Defined Dish blog--fully endorsed by Whole30 Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com is the third author in the popular Whole30 Endorsed series. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that sound and look way too delicious to be healthy, this is a cookbook people can turn to after completing a Whole30, when they’re looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or Black Pepper Chicken are easy enough to prepare even after a busy day at work. There are no esoteric ingredients in these recipes, but instead something to suit every taste, each dish clearly marked if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. Alex includes delicious variations, too, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells, to ensure recipes can work for almost any diet. And for anyone looking to stick to their Whole30 for longer, at least sixty of the recipes are fully compliant.

  • Author: Alex Snodgrass
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Illustrated edition (December 31, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Special Diet
  • ISBN: 978-0358004417
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.89 x 9 inches