Cater to Every Taste with These 11 Healthy Cookbooks

Cater to Every Taste with These 11 Healthy Cookbooks

Brimming with kitchen-test recipes, stunning photography, and personal narratives, cookbooks have long been considered an at-home chef’s best friend. Many of today’s releases cater to a wide array of dietary needs and healthy lifestyles, making it easier than ever to whip up good-for-you dishes perfect for every party guest.

With recipes spanning the gluten- and dairy-free to the pescatarian and paleo-centric, here are 11 of the best healthy cookbooks to purchase now.

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1. Love & Lemons Every Day

Celebrate vegetables throughout the day with this book, which walks readers through the best ways to incorporate produce into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Expect the same striking photography and imaginative recipes found in author Jeanine Donofrio’s first book (“Love & Lemons”), along with smart ideas on how to repurpose frequently discarded items (such as corn cobs and cauliflower cores).

Impress a range of guests with veggie-centric plates like butternut squash queso, broccoli “rice” burritos, and sweet potato chocolate frosting.

 

2. Well + Good Cookbook

This book invites readers to page through the healthy dining habits of celebrities, including Elle Macpherson, Venus Williams, and Bobbi Brown — all of whom share their go-to meals for busy, everyday living.

The book features 100 recipes including Williams’ Jalapeno Vegan Burrito, Kelly LeVeque’s Chia + Flax Chicken Tenders, and Lo Bosworth’s Cashew-Ricotta Turkey Lasagna.

 

3. Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love

This is the fourth release from “Against All Grain” author, Danielle Walker, who has gained a loyal following over the years for her gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-focused approach in the kitchen.

This collection contains 125 recipes covering everything from nourishing breakfasts and packable snacks to satisfying dinners and decadent desserts. Don’t miss favorites like Acai-Berry Chia Pudding Parfaits, Pesto Power Meatballs, and Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops.

 

4. Healthyish

The name says it all with this cookbook, containing more than 130 recipes. It’s a realistic and sustainable approach to everyday cooking — with less of the junk and more of the fun (especially when it comes to vegetables). These dishes provide an upgrade to less-healthy indulgences.

Find that balance in plates like Baked Potato and Cauliflower Soup, Coriander Chicken Breasts with Lentil-Radicchio Salad, and Banana-Avocado Chai Shakes.

 

5. Recipes from The Herbalist’s Kitchen

Green thumb enthusiasts (and wannabes), this one’s for you. Herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson set out to create a cookbook that would inspire readers to think less about what not to eat and more about making dishes bold and exciting with herbs.

Nickerson shares insights into the favorable properties of these plants, along with recipes that best incorporate them (from Oven-poached Salmon with Crème Fraiche to Red Quinoa Salad).

 

6. Good Fish

Pescatarians, rejoice! This book is an ode to the ocean, with 100 recipes highlighting everything home cooks need to know about selecting Pacific Coast seafood. In addition to learning how to cook up heart-healthy dishes like Wild Salmon Chowder and Seared Albacore with Caramelized Figs, readers receive a crash course on sustainability details, tips for buying and storing seafood, and an array of cooking techniques (e.g. how to perfectly sear a scallop).

 

7. Healthier Together: Recipes for Two

Inspired by the fact that staying healthy is always easier with the help of a friend, partner, or family member, author Liz Moody created this cookbook accordingly. She compiled more than 100 recipes that are designed to be cooked and enjoyed by a party of two.

Moody showcases a variety of wholesome plates that are gluten- and dairy-free but brimming with flavor (think General Tso’s Cauliflower, Cornflake “Fried” Chicken with Hot Honey, and Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites).

 

8. The Healthy Sheet Pan Cookbook

Those who can’t bear the thought of spending more than 30 minutes making dinner—or the idea of purchasing an excess of kitchen contraptions to do so—will enjoy this book from chef Ruthy Kirwan.

She created 50 recipes that require just two tools: a hot oven and a sheet pan. Flip through 112 pages for recipes like Lemon-and-Chili Turkey Thighs or Minced Pork and Vegetable Lettuce Wraps, along with tips from Kirwan on how to bring out the biggest flavor in dishes via pan selection and prep.

 

9. Vegetables Illustrated

Readers looking to ramp up their veggie game will do well by spending a little time with this guide, a collection of more than 700 recipes that showcase how to prepare and cook more than 70 vegetables.

Wow guests with flavor-forward plates like Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Capers and Pine Nuts, Roasted Asparagus with Mint-Orange Gremolata, and Roasted Carrot Noodles with Basil and Garlic. Just like the recipes themselves, the book’s organization is intended to be easy. Chapters are organized alphabetically by vegetable, offering tips on shopping for and storing each item.

 

10. Sweet Laurel

Health-first dessert fanatics will appreciate this option from LA-based Sweet Laurel, a baking company celebrated for its grain-free, refined-sugar-free, and gluten-free recipes. Find them all within these gorgeous pages, which highlight allergy-savvy sweets appropriate for every occasion (e.g., Almond Pancakes with Coconut Syrup, Dairy-free Cheesecake, Beet Red Velvet Cake, Paleo sprinkles).

 

11. The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook

This book is the hardcover manifestation of LL Balanced, the healthy eating website from Certified Holistic chef Laura Lea Goldberg. You’ll find more than 120 dishes from the Nashville-based cook, who prioritizes real, wholesome foods, the occasional indulgence, and — above all else — the practice of listening to our bodies.

Highlights include substantial day starters like Grain-Free Cinnamon Waffles and Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes, as well as sweet, super fun finales such as Grapefruit and Basil Granita and 5-Ingredient No-Bake Truffles.

Nicole Schnitzler

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers travel, food, drink, lifestyle, and culture. When she is not planning her next adventure, she can be found exploring bakeries, record shops, and drink lists in her Chicago neighborhood — or at home attempting to learn the harmonica. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other.