Taking notes from six cookbooks on the market, we find little ways to improve our lives (and they will look great in your home too).
Do What Feels Good: Recipes, Remedies, and Routines to Treat Your Body Right by Hannah Bronfman
Celebrity DJ and fitness influencer, Hannah Bronfman has been known as an entrepreneur in the beauty world for a long time. In her first book, she talks self-care, beauty secrets and healthful recipes that is a visually mesmerizing extension of her popular wellness lifestyle website, HBFIT, launched in 2014. There are chapters about feeling good in your own skin peppered with personal stories, as well as chapters about giving desserts a healthy spin with easy ingredient substitutions like dairy-free almond cookies. It’s perfect for the hedonists within us that want to know everything from how to foster gut health with probiotics and how to properly draw a bath.
Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit by Candice Kumai
Ever since her days as the youngest competing chef on the first season of Top Chef, classically-trained chef Candice Kumai has been dubbed “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” Why? Probably for her numerous TV hosting gigs, and her collection of best-selling books all perfectly combining her culinary prowess with her Japanese wellness ethos. In her newest book, Kintsugi Wellness, Kumai guides us through a Japanese ancient way of living that explores how to improve, accept and heal your whole life with Japanese-inspired recipes, like matcha pancakes, and other practices. The book is divided in four parts: Strengthen, Nourish, Lifestyle and Heart, and each offers a collection of recipes, stories and rituals. Couple this with Marie Kondo’s newest Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and you are on for a happier, stress-free, de-cluttered mind and body — and home.
Cravings: Hungry For More by Chrissy Teigen
Aside from her cover modeling days and being John Legend’s Twitter-furious, hilarious other half, Chrissy Teigen is a great cook. A notion she proved with her first 2016 cookbook, Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat. Which is why we continue to love her second Cravings installation, where Teigen brings back her hearty comfort food recipes and delivers them with panache and wit. Some of the recipes you can expect are French onion soup with croissant croutons, grilled pork banh mi sandwiches, Pad Thai carbonara, and more recipes for, as the book itself touts, “healthier-ish” living. A lot has changed in Teigen’s life since the first book: she traveled and tasted new things, gave birth to her first baby — and then her second — and dealt with Postpartum depression. This newest cook book is a reflection of all those new life experiences.
Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron
Timothy Pakron is a photographer, food stylist, recipe developer and creator of the food blog Mississippi Vegan. In his debut vegan cookbook, he celebrates delicious food, memories and his pride in sourcing local produce through easy to follow recipes like okra and tomatoes, gumbo z’fungi, and scalloped root casserole. There are chapters about breakfast, breads and biscuits; snacks and appetizers, sandwiches and salads; sides and desserts. He also goes into how to develop the perfect vegan pantry and vegetables that serve as “vegan meats,” such as shiitake mushrooms. Perhaps one of the book’s most special elements is that he developed, styled and shot every single recipe and wrote every word, making the book an authentic pilgrimage into vegan lifestyle.
Danielle Walker's Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes by Danielle Walker
Danielle Walker is a New York Times best-selling author and photographer behind the gluten and grain-free paleo blog, Against All Grain. In her fourth book, Walker publishes 125 healthy re-creations of popular comfort food. There is a great collection of freezer meals, one-pot dinners, packable lunches, on-the-go breakfast and snacks, meals plans, and more for those of us who don’t have the time to spend two hours fixing dinner every night. If hazelnut-banana-chocolate French Toast and chicken piccata with artichokes and spinach doesn’t elicit a stomach grumble, we don’t know what will.
More Than Our Bellies by Phillip Lim
This renowned American fashion designer of Chinese descent is known for his clothing line 3.1 Phillip Lim and has been repeatedly named one of the most influential people in fashion by The Business of Fashion. In his first cookbook, he shares the recipes that he grew up around and bring back memories of his childhood, like Hainanese chicken rice. He admits he isn’t a chef, and that this isn’t a traditional cookbook, but the recipes are personal and a source of his inspiration. Photographed by Viviane Sassen, Lim has moved beyond fashion by bringing his creativity and soul into our kitchens as well.
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