My Desert Island Cookbooks

By Jenna Helwig

By Jenna Helwig

Dinner: Changing the Game: A Cookbook

Melissa Clark

$35.00 $32.20

Probably the cookbook I have cooked out of more than any other. Everything is full of flavor and easy to execute.

Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen [A Cookbook]

Heidi Swanson


I love the dreamy photos almost as much as the nourishing recipes. I feel healthier just looking at this book.

The Violet Bakery Cookbook

Claire Ptak


Yes, the rye brownies are to-die-for, but it's the breakfast chapter that keeps me coming back.

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

Joshua McFadden

$40.00 $36.80

Great ingredients, great recipes, and great results. Anyone who likes vegetables should have this book. Page after page of inspiration.

Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need

Jessica Battilana


I love the concept behind this book: you don't need every recipe under the sun, just the foolproof ones you can return to again and again.

Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters

Jenna Helwig

$18.99 $17.47

Sure, I'm a little biased, but this book makes a great gift for new parents. Recipes start from basic finger foods and progress all the way towards easy family dinners baby can share.

Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake [A Baking Book]

Kristen Miglore

$35.00 $32.20

I haven't made all 100 recipes in this book yet...but I'm getting there.

Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor

Raquel Pelzel

$19.95 $18.35

We don't eat much meat anymore, and this book is full of clever strategies for maximizing the flavor in vegetarian dishes.

Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions

Domenica Marchetti

$23.00 $21.16

From jams to pickled vegetables, this gem is a delicious guide for even the most inexperienced canner.

Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking with Over 200 Magnificent Recipes

Shirley O. Corriher

$45.00 $41.40

This book cracks the baking code! As the subtitle says, I learned so much about the hows and whys of my favorite recipes.

Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler

Jenna Helwig

$16.99 $15.63

Even if you (or your giftee) aren't making homemade baby food, this is a terrific resource for starting solids, handling picky eaters, and eating together as a family from the very start.

Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-And-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen: A Cookbook

Caroline Campion and Kathy Brennan


You can tell that these authors know what it's really like to cook for a family. The recipes are straight-forward, but flavor-filled, and the book is full of smart tips about how to feed people who have different schedules.