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The 8 Best Family Cookbooks to Own

Best Family Cookbooks to Own

People ask me for cookbook recommendations a lot. Why wouldn’t they? I read them all day long! Over the years I’ve found I turn to a few books over and over again. They all have really good ideas that the recipes work well. Yes, I recently published my own cookbook (it’s included in the round-up) and I think you will like that too. Here are eight of my favorites I frequently recommend people who are looking for great family cooking ideas. They will easily become your ultimate kitchen resource. If your favorite isn’t listed here please tell us what it is!


  • The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins 1 of 10
    The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
    This book was originally published in 1982 and remains remarkably relevant today. The simple salad dressings and Chicken Marbella are still regular rotations at our nightly table.
    Get this book onAmazon.com
  • Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis 2 of 10
    Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis
    A classic Italian cookbook, these easy dishes are perfect for families and can inspire you to whip up an Italian feast. Her classic Italian Lasagna is no-fail and you'll love giving her Hazelnut and Almond Biscotti to friends!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten 3 of 10
    Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten
    This book truly caters to families. Each recipe addresses a family need (the perfect sheet cake for kids birthdays and deep dish apple pie for holidays!) without sacrificing flavor.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • The Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield 4 of 10
    The Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield
    Why shouldn't I include my book? Just released, it is packed full of easy recipes that are perfect for busy families. Got some down time during the day? Make easy delicious dinners in advance like Spicy Citrus Grilled Shrimp and Sticky Orange Drumsticks and enjoy it that evening!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • How to Eat by Nigella Lawson 5 of 10
    How to Eat by Nigella Lawson
    An awesome book, this gives great ideas for ways in which families and individuals should approach eating in a mindful, enjoyable manner. Her Ham in Coca-Cola is fun and delicious and she gives perfect instructions on how to make the perfect English truffle.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Sara Moulton’s Family Dinners 6 of 10
    Sara Moulton's Family Dinners
    The master of family dinner, Sara Moulton always brings a plethora of weeknight dinner ideas to the table. This approachable book offers a terrific crop of new recipes we are all sure to enjoy. I love her vegetarian polenta lasagna and am a big fan of the warm chocolate cheesecake!
    Get this book onAmazon.com
  • Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros 7 of 10
    Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros
    A personal favorite, this charming book contains ideas for all kinds of family meals and the recipes are downright simple. Her roasted eggplant with ricotta and penne is delectable and my daughter adores her simple white chocolate cherry cookies.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver 8 of 10
    Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver
    Who wouldn't love a book written by Jamie Oliver about his jaunt through Italy to cook with the locals? Chock full if Italian classics, like perfect risotto and baked meatballs, everything is made approachable by Oliver in all the best ways.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Sara Moulton’s Family Dinners 9 of 10
    Sara Moulton's Family Dinners
    The master of family dinner, Sara Moulton always brings a plethora of weeknight dinner ideas to the table. This approachable book offers a terrific crop of new recipes we are all sure to enjoy. I love her vegetarian polenta lasagna and am a big fan of the warm chocolate cheesecake!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins 10 of 10
    The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
    This book was originally published in 1982 and remains remarkably relevant today. The simple salad dressings and Chicken Marbella are still regular rotations at our nightly table.
    Get this book on Amazon.com


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