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5 Cookbooks to Help Level Up Your Cooking Game

By: Hidden Gems on September 22, 2020

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By: Hidden Gems on September 22, 2020


Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems are offered FREE books to download, read, and review – from any or all of over 15 different genres. Today we’re going to highlight five cookbooks that our readers enjoyed adding to their collection this year. Something about the changing of the seasons makes us want to evaluate our meal choices or maybe even has us craving comfort food, so check out these great cookbooks and don’t stress about what’s for dinner tonight.

Keto Meal Prep Cookbook For Beginners: 600 Easy, Simple & Basic Ketogenic Diet Recipes by Kira Peterson

If you’re wondering whether a keto diet is for you, this is definitely a book you want to add to your collection. With over 1200 Amazon reviews, Kira’s cookbook is packed with 600+ recipes, a 21-day meal plan and countless tips and tricks to guide you on your keto journey. Currently available in digital, paperback and spiral-bound.

“I absolutely love that each recipe explains how to store the food in the fridge and freezer and how long that will last in each,” writes Jessica W. in her 5-star review. “I love the organization of this cookbook! It really helps me keep track of my fats, carbs, proteins, and fiber, and calories. It’s not a guessing game with this book. I use it to make healthy meals for myself for each day because of an autoimmune condition I have. I love the Classic Chicken salad recipe. I absolutely love that there are vegan options too! I would recommend this for people who follow Keto, Vegan, as well as a Whole Foods lifestyles or that need to track their calories. I find it very flexible and yummy.”

Lindsay V. writes in her 5-star review, “This cookbook has been a life saver! I just recently began my journey into both the Keto diet, and meal prep… so this cookbook was perfect for me! All the recipes I’ve tried so far are delicious, and super easy to follow!”

The Quarantine Cookbook by Beth Carter

We can all agree on the fact that we’re spending more time in the kitchen this year. In The Quarantine Cookbook you’ll find a wide variety of recipes to keep things interesting for your family as you find yourself dining at home more often than not.

“Carter brings a friendly and vivacious narrative style that exchanges darkness for light and brings hope and activity to the kitchen and beyond,” writes K.C. Finn of Readers’ Favorite. “A fully comprehensive cookbook that really has thought of everything that one could wish to produce from home during a stint in quarantine. In these unprecedented times, a particular favorite of mine was the five-ingredient recipes that allow you to make something really filling and impressive, even when there’s not much left in the cupboards. Overall, I would highly recommend The Quarantine Cookbook.”

“This cookbook has a lot of tasty easy recipes, some boredom busting ideas and a section on six word memoirs on the quarantine. It’s interesting and FUNctional. The recipes are set up in sections so everything is user friendly,” writes Frances H. in her 5-star review. “I made several recipes before writing this. I wanted to be able to judge how much I would use it before writing my review. I collect cookbooks. For me some are pretty to look at and read while others you use. This book falls into the cookbook you will use. The recipes I made were easy and had ingredients I mostly had in my pantry. My favorite was the bacon wrapped onion rings. My other half loves cheeseburger and fries casserole.”

The Complete Instant Pot Cookbook for Beginners: 550 Quick and Delicious Instant Pot Recipes for Smart People on a Budget by Michelle Jones

Who doesn’t love a quick and nearly effortless meal? You’ll find something for everyone in this collection of delicious recipes from Michelle. With more than 1600 reviews, The Complete Instant Pot Cookbook for Beginners will take care of your scarce cooking time and will aid you towards an easier & tastier experience in your kitchen!

“This is my go-to cookbook for instant pot recipes,” Kelly Z. writes in her 5-star review. “I’ve tried several recipes from the book, each was explained well & tasted delicious. My favorites recipes thus far are the soups and the desserts. With so many recipes, we can try a new one each night & not worry about repeating meals for quite some time.”

“I was looking for a cookbook that would be simple and have easy meals for my family to enjoy. This is the one!” writes Jordan J. in a 5-star review. “I’ve had an instant pot for years, but I’ve been so intimidated by it that it’s kind of just been sitting in the cupboard. I’ve had a few cookbooks, but this one is by far the better and more simple of the few I’ve collected. I’ve been toying around with the idea of going more plant-based and this book even has a section with easy plant-based recipes. Can’t wait to make more of them for me and my family to enjoy.”

Prepper’s Survival Stockpile: Build a Nutritious Emergency Pantry with Shelf – Stable Survival Foods and Be Self – Sufficient When Push Comes to Shove by Kenneth Olsen

Relying just on what’s in our cupboards, most of us would probably run out of food fairly quickly. How can you avoid the fear and stress of these situations? With the Prepper’s Survival Stockpile you’ll learn how long certain foods last, how to cook when your regular methods aren’t available, how to preserve foods, and more. Whether your goal is to stockpile a year’s worth of food or just a few weeks, this book gives you the information and inspiration you need.

“Whether you want to just keep some extra food and supplies on hand for emergencies (or quarantines) this is a great, concise book on getting you ready,” writes D. Sharpe in a 5-star review. “This is an EXCELLENT book to get you started on prepping. It is broken down by telling you what you will need, how to budget for it, how to set it up, where to put it, allowing for dietary restrictions, how to preserve what you can, as well as do’s and don’ts to be aware of ahead of time. You learn about stock rotation as well.

Meal planning is discussed so you can be sure to have on hand what you need, when you need it. (This is a handy thing even for everyday cooking/meals).”

Robert P. writes in his 5-star review, “This book is pretty simple yet provocative. You should find yourself saying, ‘oh yeah, that’s easy enough!’ and ‘I’m going to start doing more of THAT’ throughout. Educational without being too voluminous, this book should be your guide to prepare for the future.”

Keto Vegetarian Cookbook: 110 Delicious, Low-Carb, Sugar-free Recipes for A Plant-Based Ketogenic Diet by Stephanie Collins

If you want to improve your health and supply your body with quality nutrients, then this Keto Vegetarian Cookbook from Stephanie can help you achieve your goals. Each recipe also contains preparation and cooking times, number of servings and nutritional information broken down into calories, proteins, sugars, fiber, carbs and fats.

“What I liked most about this cookbook is that you don’t have to be a vegetarian to use it. I am not one and I found many of the recipes enticing and have a list that I want to try out,” writes Lady T. in her 5-star review. “I tried the Keto Blueberry Smoothie and the Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna and both were very tasty. The recipe selection consists of simple, easy to make dishes that represent breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a non-vegetarian, I appreciate that most of the recipes are recognizable with simple twists that I am willing to try out. This makes it easier for me to incorporate them into my regular meal lineup whether I am doing keto or not. There are pictures for many of the recipes, something I value in a cookbook because I am visual and like to know what the end product is supposed to look like before I begin.”

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