Award-Winning Cookbooks to Help Inspire Your Family Dinners

Award-Winning Cookbooks to Help Inspire Your Family Dinners

Draven Jackson
Blogger | Teacher

With the beginning of the New Year comes lots of celebrations, hopeful energy, and resolutions to be the best version of ourselves that we can be this year. For me, my New Year's resolutions were to 1) try to be kinder to myself, and 2) cook at home more often.

However, my biggest problem with cooking at home is not feeling inspired about what to cook. This means I end up making the same meals over and over again, hoping to find something new and exciting that I can enjoy but ultimately being disappointed.

If you're anything like me and are looking for new recipes and ideas to take your family dinners for meh to amazing, here are some of our award-winning cookbooks that are sure to help you create memorable meals this year!

Award-Winning Children's book — Made with love

Made With Love: Culinary Inspirations from Around the World
Written by Chef Elizabeth Lee

“Made With Love: Culinary Inspirations from Around the World" brings you an amazing collections of professional-level, original recipes from award-winning yacht chef Elizabeth Lee. This cookbook contains recipes for all levels of culinary expertise and expert tips on food preparation techniques and kitchen organization. "Made With Love" gives you everything you need to create stunning, delicious meals for exciting events or celebrations. 

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The Mediterranean Functional Lifestyle
Written by Nikos Ligidakis

Another amazing cookbook is "The Mediterranean Functional Lifestyle: Creative Recipes for Healthy Diets." Nikos Ligidakis shares more than 250 original recipes for healthy dieting, encompassing vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options alongside so many more! Nikos' philosophy and cooking style center on cooking with and eating what the earth provides. With this cookbook, you can enjoy recipes that use mostly plant-based, nutrient-dense foods and limited amounts of meats in order to help foster a healthier diet.

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Mediterranean Functional Lifestyle
Award-Winning Children's book — The Anti-Cookbook

The Anti-Cookbook
Written by Shelley Onderdonk and Rebecca Bloom

For those cooks who want something a little different than the traditional cookbook, "The Anti-Cookbook" inspires readers to step away from the old cookbook method of simply completing a task, and instead encourages them to think creatively about making meals. This food-positive cookbook asks readers to think deeper about food and nourishment, using locally sourced ingredients and wholesome recipes to replace boring takeout meals and liven up family dinners.

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Guy's Guide to Eating Well
Written by Holly Clegg and Curtis Chastain, MD

“Guy's Guide to Eating Well: A Man's Cookbook For Health and Wellness" is an amazing cookbook that encourages men everywhere to see that "health and healthy eating can go hand-in-hand.” Holly Clegg, a culinary expert, joined forces with men's wellness expert Dr. Curtis Chastain to create a cookbook that highlights vegetarian recipes, freezer-friendly meals, diabetic-friendly recipes that meet ADA guidelines, and gluten-free recipes to bring health-oriented, exciting meal options to any man who finds himself in the kitchen or at the grill from time to time.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Guy's Guie to Eating Well
Award-Winning Children's book — Gluten Free

Gluten-Free: Breakfast, Brunch, & Beyond
Written by Linda J. Amendt

Gluten-free meals never tasted so good! "Gluten-Free: Breakfast, Brunch, & Beyond" is an inspiring cookbook that includes ideas for quick and easy desserts and baked goods that will have everyone in the family asking for seconds. Inside you'll find recipes for homemade, gluten-free flour to make a variety of breads, muffins, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, coffee cakes, sweet rolls, quiches, and more. It's a great book for livening up and adding a little something extra to all your grandma's favorite recipes.

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Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence
Written by Holly Clegg

A perfect cookbook for inspiring and guiding at-home cooks to healthy cooking, "Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence" contains 150 easy, healthy recipes for mouthwatering meals that your family is sure to love. Each recipe is easy to follow and only requires about 10 ingredients or less. Not to mention, there are options for a variety of meal types: Crockpot Cooking, Rotisserie Chicken recipes, Fix-it Fast meals, and vegetarian options are just a few of the recipes available in this amazing cookbook!

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Award-Winning Children's book — Kitchen 101
Award-Winning Children's book — Healthy Recipes for a busy life

Healthy Recipes for a Busy Life
Written by Jen Arricale

"Healthy Recipes for a Busy Life" is the best cookbook for busy moms who still want a warm, home-cooked option for family mealtime. Celebrity fitness chef Jen Arricale makes it easy to cook healthy, delicious meals even with a busy lifestyle. The recipes in this cookbook are bursting with real, clean flavors that will make you feel healthy AND satisfied. They are also all easy to prepare with common ingredients and simple-to-follow instructions, so you're sure to find some inspiring new meals to try with your family.

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Easy Entertaining for Beginners
Written by Patricia Mendez

"Easy Entertaining for Beginners" is a cookbook that teaches readers that you don't have to be professional chef to host great casual, at-home entertaining. Not only does it have delicious, full-course menus with easy-to-follow recipes, but it also guides readers on what to serve and what to do in order to host an amazing event. Not to mention, there are checklists included inside to ease readers step-by-step through every phase of planning, preparation, and presentation. Planning a party has never been so easy!

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Award-Winning Children's book — Easy entertaining for beginners
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Draven is an avid writer and reader who enjoys sharing her opinions on movies, books, and music with the rest of the world. She will soon be working as a teacher in Japan and hopes to use her experience to connect with other teachers and students around the globe. Draven spends most of her time at home with her family, her dogs, and her ferret.

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