Favorite Recipe Books and Resources

I have noticed that a lot of moms are trying to downsize the recipe book collection. People are getting rid of an armful of books and keeping only 2-5 at home. With the availability of the internet and places like Pinterest and Allrecipes.com, we don’t need recipe books as much any more. I personally can’t bring myself to get rid of books yet…but I have been toying with the idea.

The reality is I really only use 3-5 cookbooks, but that doesn’t stop me from eye other cookbooks and wondering if they are worth getting. Here I share my most used and favorite cookbooks, and I would love to hear yours! This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission. 

Our Best Bites

Our Best Bites is my most used cookbook. It is my very favorite. The recipes are easy and yet the flavors of the meals are amazing. They taste like they took your more time than they actually did. The food is fresh and delicious.

Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites

This is the second book put out by Kate and Sara. It is also very good, though if I had to choose between the two, I would choose the first.

Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook

This cookbook seems to have just about any basic recipe you need. I use it for cornbread, various pancakes, waffles, frosting, fudge, and more.

101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker

I have a few recipes I use out of here. This book is great because it helps you figure out how to convert recipes into slowcooker recipes. I love to use the slowcooker when we have a hectic night–it makes it so we can still eat dinner as a family that is homemade and healthy.

Of course in our modern day, it isn’t just about the books (though you can get most recipe books in kindle version, so if you like digital, you can go with those). There are also websites that are go-to.

The Pioneer Woman

This is the website I use the most. I do have an actual cookbook of hers, but I use the website more than her book. In fact, I was making a sheet cake recipe of hers for almost a year before I realized it was even in the book.


This website is full of recipes. They are rated and commented on by real people, so that can be helpful.

Our Best Bites

The website is awesome, too. I use the books more, but the website is a great resource.

What about you? Are there recipe books or websites you love? Two I am really wondering about are Six Sisters and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I am also interested in amazing slow cooker recipes.

4 thoughts on “Favorite Recipe Books and Resources”

  1. I LOVE Smitten Kitchen. I don't love the idea of every recipe she posts, but the ones I make are some of our favorite meals. This has held true for her cookbook as well. One tip I found – check out cookbooks from the library first to see if there are enough recipes that you'd want to make. Try a couple to see if they actually taste good. Then you'll know if it's worth buying. I did this with Smitten Kitchen's book and knew immediately that I had to have my own copy. Other favorite websites: Annie's Eats, How Sweet Eats

  2. Joy of Cooking- it's the Bible of all things cooking! I've learned so much from just this book alone. It's amazing!Cooking Light's 15 minutes 15 Ingredients- delicious and so easy. And my kids love the fancy looking recipes!

  3. Because I am always looking for healthy alternatives, my go to is skinny taste.comI got rid of all cookbooks but 5 or less. And I realty only use 1 of those.

  4. Thank you everyone for sharing! I will check these out. I love the idea of checking out from the library. I have done that before.


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