Turn up the heat in your newlywed kitchen by doing date night at home! Make it happen by adding the best cookbooks to your wedding registry. You’ve likely registered for the usual bedding, dinnerware, and appliances, but cookbooks are a great, low-cost option to add to your wish list.
Whether you’re a home-cooking pro or don’t know a spoon from a spatula, cooking can play a big part in your marriage. From surprising your partner with their favorite pasta dish to keeping things budget-friendly after that expensive honeymoon, cooking at home is always a great idea.
From tried-and-true editions to fresh-off-the-press pages, here are the seven best cookbooks you should add to your wedding registry.
Just Married: A Cookbook for Newlyweds, Caroline Chambers
This book is filled with 130 recipes, designed to serve two. The recipes are favorites of the author, Caroline Chambers, and her husband from their time as newlyweds, and highlight budget-friendly cooking and global flavor (think miso mushroom soup and chicken labneh flatbreads). Caroline shares stories from her first years of marriage and tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, and entertaining. One of the best things about this book is the “Leftovers Are a Good Thing” notes—she gives inspiring ideas for repurposing leftover ingredients.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $22.48
Oven to Table, Jan Scott
Newlyweds are busy. Maybe you’re moving into a new home together or working through your thank-you notes. Jan Scott’s book features over 100 one-pot and one-pan recipes, from Dutch ovens to sheet pans, making for easy preparation and even easier cleanup. From baked apple spice doughnuts to pulled pork, Jan Scott has a (simple!) recipe for every craving.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $16.34
Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook, Carla Lalli Music
The title of this book says it all. And since it’s written by Bon Appétit magazine’s food director, you know everything in here is tried, true, and delicious. This is a wonderful starter book for new-to-the-kitchen newlyweds. Every recipe includes suggestions for swaps and substitutions, so you can cater to your diet (and what happens to be in your pantry). Before you get into the recipes (like crispy sea bass and charred broccoli salad), you’ll get Carla’s best shopping tips and an overview of cooking techniques.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $19.30
How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
There are many editions of Mark Bittman’s revered cookbook (including a completely vegetarian version), but the classic is our registry recommendation. Bittman is one of the most well-respected American food writers, and in his book he provides straightforward instructions that anyone can follow. With 2,000 recipes, this should be the first place you look when you have a cooking question.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $19.60
The Newlywed Cookbook, Sarah Copeland
There’s something so romantic about a cookbook specifically made for newlyweds. Sarah Copeland shares her best cooking strategies, as well as how to stock a pantry for two. The book starts with recipes that are perfect for just the two of you, then expands to cooking for small groups and entertaining large parties. Domestic bliss is just 130 recipes away.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $18.99
One Pan, Two Plates, Carla Snyder
Carla Snyder’s one pan cookbook is filled with delicious dinners broken up by category—chicken, fish, carbs, and meat. You’ll find a recipe for whatever you’re craving, and it will be ready to eat in less than an hour. Try your hand at your favorite take-out dish, like pad Thai or sweet-and-sour stir fry, or master a classic like pasta carbonara.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $18.43
Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer
The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of this much-loved classic cookbook has everything a kitchen newbie needs to get dinner on the table. Thousands of glowing reviews praise Joy for being “better than the Internet” and the “holy grail” of cooking. And with a recipe for almost anything (there are 4,000 recipes!), this edition deserves a spot on your newlywed shelf.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $26.43