Easy Living – 7 New Cookbooks You Need ASAP

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The internet has changed the publishing industry in so many ways. People are reading books via device nowadays, via their Kindles and Nooks, smartphones and tablets. Most books translate just as well from paperback to digital, but there’s one genre that calls out for print editions. Cookbooks. A cookbook is a keepsake. It’s something you thumb through, leave stained fingerprints and torn bookmarks in, write in the margins and photocopy pages for your friends and family. Cookbooks are also awesome in the pristine digital form, but there’s nothing like a good cookbook – the heft, the weight, the pictures to provide visual inspiration. Here are seven awesome new cookbooks you’ll want to add to your library!

The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka: In the category of blogs turned books, Gina Homolka’s Skinnytasteis an inspiration. Gina’s blog has been a must-visit for healthy recipes since 2008, and her cookbook is beautiful and offers a range of delicious food that at-home chefs can easily master.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fond: The paleo diet can seem intimidating and hardcore, but the pages of Nom Nom Paleo are adorable and accessible to anyone who just wants to eat healthy, delicious, clean food.

Better Homes and Gardens 16th Edition: The red plaid cookbook that every respectable at-home cook has in their collection is still going strong, now in its 16th edition, all updated and revised with 1000 mouthwatering photos.

One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More by Martha Stewart: I’ll admit, I’ve found some of Martha Stewart’s recipes to be needlessly complex. This cookbook promises to be the opposite – effortless cooking that does itself during the day, with the benefit of just one pan to stew, steam, simmer, braise or roast an amazing meal.

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food By Mark Bittman: There are at-home chefs who worship at the altar of Bittman, food journalist and columnist for the New York Times. The author of How To Cook Everything has done it again, but sped it all up for the busy and stressed out among us.

Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast By Jamie Oliver: Jamie Oliver is the man when it comes to delicious and innovative recipes, and now he’s bringing his insight and techniques to the people with Meals in Minutes. Finally, cookbooks that fit into today’s demanding world!

Indian for Everyone by Anupy Singla: Anupy Singla has made it her mission to demystify and spread the gospel of Indian food, and her third cookbook may be her most accessible. The photos are beautiful, and the recipes are fragrant and delectable.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.