Sure you can find anything you want on the world wide web… but books! I love books. Nothing can replace flipping through a cookbook, as far as I’m concerned. And when it’s coupled with great photos, I’m all in. There are so many great books that come out every year. So many cookbooks, so little time. I know I missed a bunch, but here are a few of my favorite cookbooks from 2017 and a few fav homesteading books worth picking up, too.
Alternative Vegan: I’m trying more and more to get to a plant based diet… but oh how I love diary! So, I’ve really been enjoying Marie Reginato’s Alternative Vegan cookbook because she has a great collection of healthy recipes and gives you some options for cheese, eggs, etc.. The section on Buddah Bowls was new for any cookbook I had picked up at this point and I’m always a sucker for some new smoothie recipes. Every recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous color photo, which I think all cookbooks should at this point in time. My favorite cookbook I picked up in 2017.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Nutrient-Packed Low-Carb Meals: I’ve been a bit intrigued with the Keto way of eating this past year. I got this cookbook when I was still eating chicken and the whole pressure cooker thing is all the rage right now!
Sima’s Healthy Indulgence: 100 Revamped, Guilt-Free Recipes to Transform Your Life: The thing I enjoy about this cookbook is it’s not just about the delicious, healthy recipes. Sima Cohen combines her years as a nutritionist, wellness expert and trainer into this well thought-out book. She really tries to teach you about Healthy Indulgence.
King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World: I made a lot of recipes out of this 382 page exploration of jewish cooking this past Hanukkah (including the cookies in the photo below). It’s a great collection of recipes and I love that many, if not all of them, have a paragraph or two of their origins. In a way, this is also a history lesson of Jewish cooking.
From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles: I LOVE this book! From Cows to Concrete, The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles, is a fantastic history lesson of my home town. This is my hands down favorite book about agriculture in LA. It’s so well researched and full of old photos and maps. It’s amazing to be able to drive to the places mentioned in this book and envision what it once looked like. Bonus: One of my photos is in the book! You know, this might have been released in 2016 but I still flip through it and reread parts so I’ve lost track of time on this one.
The Self-Sufficiency Handbook: Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen: Call it eco-friendly, simple living, homesteading… this is a great guide for living more simply. From DIY projects for the home, gardening essentials, food preserving, this handbook touches on many aspects of self-sufficiency. Great book for anyone interested in homesteading.
Chicken DIY: 20 Fun-to-Make Projects for Happy and Healthy Chickens: This fun book for chicken owners has 20 easy projects to make. We could have used this when we were trying to figure out how to make a water tube for our coop! Whether you have a small urban flock or tons of free ranging birds on a lot of land, there are ideas and projects in here for everyone.
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