9 Healthy Cookbooks You’ll Actually Use

What is it about a cookbook that makes it your go-to kitchen resource? These authors make the cut for healthy cookbooks you’ll actually use.

While there are plenty of delicious healthy cookbooks published every year, many of us buy them without ever actually using them (myself included). Despite our intentions, we flip through through the the pages of bright glossy images, but more often than not, the books end up in the cookbook graveyard.

What is it about a cookbook that makes it your go-to kitchen resource? These authors make the cut for healthy cookbooks you'll actually use. www.eatchicchicago.com

Yet somehow, there are always a good few that stand the test of time. There’s something about the way a cookbook is written, the ease of the recipes, the ingredients used or the flavor combinations that make you fall in love with it. Drool-worthy photography may catch your eye at the bookstore, but it’s the recipes that keep you coming back for more.


9 Healthy Cookbooks You’ll Actually Use:


  • Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason – Filled with delicious and healthy grain-free Paleo recipes, Gather is written by authors of one of my favorite blogs, Primal Palate. Their cookbook offers beautiful photos and seasonal entertaining menus for all of your health-conscious guests!


  • Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris – Anyone that knows me knows that I love smoothies. Author of Superfood Kitchen in 2012, Julie offers 100 more delicious, energizing and nutrient-dense recipes in this smoothie cookbook. With the help of her nutrient guides and ingredient recommendations,  you’ll become a pro at blending up unique creations packed with vitamins and minerals that will keep you energized throughout the holiday season!


  • The Runner’s World Cookbook by Joanna Sayago Golub – During my half marathon days, I love reading Runner’s World Magazine for ideas and inspiration. Did you know there’s a cookbook? This book offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free recipes to help runners eat healthy and perform their best.


  • The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz – I absolutely love the idea of this book! Melissa Lanz, owner of the popular budget-friendly meal-planning service The Fresh 20, has a cookbook that offers budget-friendly healthy meal plans for even the busiest cooks! Complete with grocery lists, preparation tips, and tricks for meal planning this cookbook is the perfect handbook to help keep you on track.


  • Against All Grain by Danielle Walker – Another cookbook by an amazing blogger and self-trained chef! I love all of the Paleo-friendly grain-free recipes and photography on Danielle’s blog, Against All Grain, and her cookbook is no exception!


  • The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen – Minnesota native and host of her Food Network series Heartland Table, Amy knows Midwestern comfort food. I can’t promise that this book is filled with “healthy” recipes per se, but when I saw there was a recipe for a Nebraska Runza, I was home.


  • One Pan Two Plates by Carla Snyder – Author and blogger of Ravenous Kitchen, Carla focuses on delicious, gourmet cooking for two! With over 70 one-skillet weeknight recipes, the book emphasizes reducing prep time and minimizing dishes – something every cook is looking for during the busy week! From newlyweds to empty nesters, this book has delicious and nourishing meals for any couple!


  • The French Market Cookbook  by Clotilde Dusoulier – I’m always a sucker for cookbooks by amazing bloggers, so it’s no surprise that author Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini is on my list! This seasonal vegetarian cookbook offers seasonal gluten-free and dairy-free recipes with a delicious French twist! Enjoy French-inspired healthy recipes straight from Clotilde’s Parisian kitchen that limit the use of traditional French cheese, cream and pasta.


  • Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada de Laurentis – I watch a lot of Food Network – A LOT. I’ve always loved Giada’s recipes and contagious passion for food. In this book, Giada shares her personal secrets on staying trim and eating healthy with plenty of nutritious recipes and lifestyle tips!


  • Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort by Art Smith – Who would have thought that award-winning chef Art Smith of Chicago’s famous restaurant Blue Door Kitchen (remember when he made a guest appearance at this Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown I went to?) would write a healthy cookbook?  After suffering from being overweight and faced with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, former personal chef for Oprah has created some new recipes to fit his newly found healthy lifestyle.


  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon – Food blogger, Angela Liddon has posted about everything from her struggles with an eating disorder to her adventures in cooking as a vegan. I’ve been following her blog Oh She Glows since the beginning and have never cooked a recipe of hers that I didn’t love! As a self-taught chef and food photographer this beautiful cookbook (and even her second cookbook!) never disappoints.

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  1. I have been wanting to check out the Giada book, I love her!

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