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We all love picking up takeup sometimes, but one of the many perks of living with your significant other is making and sharing homemade meals together. There's no better time to get cooking than after your wedding—you're settling in, and are testing out all the new cookware and kitchen gadgets from your registry! Whether the two of you are seasoned home chefs or just starting out in the kitchen, cookbooks can offer you step-by-step guides to producing all sorts of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. You'll start to collect an arsenal of favorite recipes that you can whip out for everything from romantic date nights to family brunches.
If you need to master the basics, like poaching an egg or roasting a chicken, you’ve got it. Unleash your inner pastry chef? There’s something for that too. Inspiration for hosting a party with 30 of your closest friends? Enter simple hors d'oeuvres that will steal the show. If you want to experiment with something new to you—whether it's modernist cuisine, Asian ingredients, or cleaner eating—there are tried-and-true resources out there to make those dreams a reality.
Here, our list of the best cookbooks for newlyweds.
Best Heirloom Classic: The Joy of Cooking
You might already have a beat-up copy of The Joy of Cooking—one of the most robust manuals for the kitchen—but this gorgeous leather-bound copy really takes the cake. Think of it as a new family heirloom.
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Best Wedding Gift: The Newlywed Cookbook
What’s better for couple’s cooking than a book based solely on recipes for newlyweds? Check out Sarah Copeland’s inventive, easy-to-execute dishes that are perfect for a pair.
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Best for Laid-back Dinner Parties: Dining In
This book is for anyone who fears staying at home to cook is boring while going out to a restaurant is not. Food writer and Instagram celebrity Alison Roman shares simple recipes for restaurant-caliber dishes that prove staying in is more glam than going out.
Best for the Instant Pot: The Instant Pot Bible
If you registered for an Instant Pot, you definitely need this manual. It's going to teach you how to cook everything from a simple soup to an elaborate one-pot chicken dinner.
Best for Farm to Table Food: Six Seasons
This comprehensive book will change the way you think about vegetables. McFadden, the genius chef behind Ava Gene’s in Portland, Oregon, has crafted original, farm-fresh recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients—the perfect choice for an al fresco dinner party.
Best for Entertaining: Batch Cocktails
The secret to stress-free cocktail party? Delicious specialty drinks that are made ahead of time in big batches, leaving more time for mingling instead of mixing.
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Best for Israli Food: Jerusalem
Every single one of London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi's many cookbooks has something great to offer, from creative vegetarian dishes to Middle Eastern-inspired sweets. This one, based on the food of his home city, Jeruselum, is chock-full of flavorful dishes, from herby hummus to savory turkey meatballs.
Best Coffee Table Book: Foxfire Living
The Catskills inn (and popular wedding destination) launched a cookbook/living guide inspired by their rustic surroundings, farm-to-table cuisine, and laidback design. We’re all in for the hosting tips combined with easy and delicious recipes for cocktails, including mint bitters, and dishes, such as thyme and cheddar biscuits and bison ragu.
Best Old-School Classic: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
No kitchen is complete without this Julia Child tome. In it, you’ll find instructions, recipes, and illustrations for more than 500 dishes, snacks, and desserts.
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Best Unexpected Collaboration: From Crook to Cook
Yes, Snoop Dogg launched a cookbook to tailwind off the success of his food show with Martha Stewart, Snoop & Martha’s Potluck Dinner Party. Here you’ll find everything from fried chicken to gin and juice, and it may (or may not) call for a secret ingredient.
Best for Scandinavian Food: Aska
Fredrik Berselius holds two Michelin stars at Aska, his restaurant in Brooklyn, so it’s no wonder his sleek cookbook is just as discerning. Rooted in his Scandanavian heritage, the text feels like Nordic design-meets-coffee-table book, and is just as beautiful in a living space as it is open on the kitchen counter.
Best for Comfort Food: The Dude Diet Dinnertime
Popular blogger and chef Serena Wolf admits we all love our “dude food” sometimes—wings, burgers, mac and cheese and other not-so-healthy treats. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be loaded with grease and preservatives. In this cookbook, she gives us plenty of “cleaned up” versions that are better for you, without sacrificing flavor.
Best for Wine Lovers: Christophe Pelé Le Clarence
Wine and food come together in this recently launched cookbook from Domaine Clarence Dillon. Not only does the company preside over some famous Bordeaux estates—Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion, and Château Quintus—but also Le Clarence, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, where chef Christophe Pele now shares his secrets for the modern French cuisine he serves.
Best for Spanish Food: Tapas
If you love Spanish food, the recipes of José Andrés will become your go-to resource for recreating those favorite dishes at home. The chef has shown Americans how to eat Spanish food, so it’s no wonder that this iconic cookbook, focused on tapas, is still a winner nearly 15 years later.