4 Cookbooks for a Happier, Healthier 2019

Jan. 9, 2019It’s a new year and chances are, you’ve made some version of a resolution or vow or promise to yourself to finally prioritize your health, whatever that word may mean to you. Whether your definition of a healthy lifestyle includes all-vegan meals or a strictly vegetarian stance, whether you’re living that CrossFit life and eating paleo or simply curious to discover a new way of eating or preparing food for yourself — our own personal definitions of what’s right for us comes into focus this month after the glitter and glitz of the holidays and New Year’s Eve has settled and the bright new year shines cold and crisp before us.

4 Cookbooks for a Happier, Healthier 2019

Of course, making the resolution and sticking to the resolution are two very different things, especially when it comes to making and eating food, but lucky for us, there’s a slew of brand new (and kinda-still-new) cookbooks out there for any type of foodie (even the anti-foodie). Ready to get cookin’ in 2019? Read on to discover 4 of our favorites.


#1 — If you’re thinking about going plant-based

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, a long-time vegetarian, veg-curious or simply know you need to eat more plants, Great Vegan Meals for the Carnivorous Family by Amanda Logan is sure to provide fresh veggie-based inspiration for the new year. Vegans living with omnivores will love the freedom of no longer having to cook double dishes to please all at the table with these 75 dairy-free, meat-free and egg-free dishes, and omnivores will love the new-found variety of incorporating more vegan dishes into their lives. Whip up the savory French toast for your Sunday brunch, or try the jackfruit tacos with apple slaw for taco Tuesday — if the mouth-watering photos in Great Vegan Meals are any indication, plant-based has never tasted to hearty!



#2 — If you’re thinking about a Whole30


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In case you’re looking for some Whole30 meal inspo prep for your #SeptemberWhole30, the #goodfoodcook has a coupon available on Amazon right now! If you’ve been putting off getting it, now’s the time. Check it out at the link in my profile. # While the book was designed with your Food Freedom in mind, 80 of the 120 recipes are Whole30 compliant or can easily be modified to be compliant. But ALL 120 are designed to me easy, wholesome recipes you can make on a regular basis, whether you are doing, have done or NEVER have done a Whole30 before. # Swipe through to see some of the recipes. # Things Like Cauliflower Rice Risot’NO, Cooler Ranch Plantains (Think Cool Ranch Doritos but BETTER), Spaghetti Squash Tuna Casserole, Shaved Brussels Salad and so many more! # https://www.amazon.com/Whole-Smiths-Good-Food-Cookbook/dp/1328915093

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Quiet and calm, it’s not surprising that January is a popular month for resets — whether you’re giving up alcohol for a Dry January, vowing to cut out processed sugars once and for all, or planning your first (or fifth) Whole30. If you already own all the classic Whole30 books and cookbooks, check out The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook by Michelle Smith, the first cookbook fully endorsed and supported by the Whole30. While yes, some of the recipes include off-limits ingredients, such as legumes and dairy, the cookbook’s easy-to-follow legend makes it simple to modify the recipes to be Whole30 or Paleo-compliant, so you’ll find recipes you’ll love before, during and after your Whole30 is up.



#3 — If you want to be a better cook


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Today I get to announce something I’ve been dying to announce for almost a year: COOK90, the cookbook! This thing has every piece of intel I’ve collected since I started #cook90 (on a whim…on January 1st, 2016…👴🏼). It also has a 4-Part Plan for Cooking Every Day, 4 weeks of meal plans, and 100+ recipes from people like @rhodaboonefood @acstockwell, @cooklikeafox, @csaffitz, @yekatkaterina, and…me! (It also has 140 photos by the insanely talented @chelsealouisekyle.) Like everything #cook90, this book is really only about one thing: the power of home cooking, and how we can all do a little more of it. The pre-order link is now permanently in my bio; the book (published by the amazing people at @littlebrown) comes out on December 11!

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If learning to cook — or cook better— is topping your list of 2019 resolutions, there’s another 30-day plan that deserves your attention: Cook 90 by David Tamarkin and the editors of Epicurious. With the simple (or extremely difficult, depending on your takeout habits) challenge of cooking 90 meals in 30 days, Cook 90 aims to teach people that preparing your own meals isn’t just frugal, it’s also one of the most satisfying and simple ways to improve your wellbeing — fast. Offering 100 recipes plus the necessary strategies and meal plans to make the challenge actually doable, Cook 90 is an achievable crash course in finally learning to cook for yourself. Pick it up, and you’ll be whipping up dinner for family and friends in no time.



#4 — If you’re curious about Ayurveda


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Follow the Ojas journey @youarewhatyoufeast After months of work, I am proud to share with you that my first cookbook, Ojas: Modern Recipes and Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Ayurveda, is officially releasing ‪on March 13.‬ Ojas is a friendly introduction to Ayurvedic eating, a collection of 99 recipes to help us nourish our bodies from the inside out. The food highlights the concepts of micro-seasonality, eating for our individual body types, and using whole foods in our everyday diet, with meat as a side note. The book also provides some context to the recipes by highlighting main Ayurvedic concepts like the doshas, the six tastes, the five elements, and the zodiac calendar, so that a reader can understand the philosophy behind Ayurvedic food. My goal was to create an actionable and easy introduction to eating better, without setting up an impossible wellness standard that most of us cannot follow daily. Rounded out with a visual package that truly represents my own personal aesthetic, this book is a true expression of who I am as a chef, and I’m so proud to share it with you. https://wandpdesign.com/pages/ojas It is also available on Amazon and most other platforms which sell books.

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So, you’re ready to take your wellness to a whole new level. Or maybe you’ve heard of Ayurveda, the oldest system of medicine in the world, but haven’t yet dove in. Wherever you stand, Ojas: Modern Recipes and Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Ayurveda by Nira Kehar will help you “Ignite Your Vitality” with 99 dishes inspired by the ancient practice. Readers will learn how to eat seasonally and in accordance with their dosha, or specific physical constitution, while creating nourishing, wholesome meals for every season. From drinks to desserts, breakfasts and snacks to main dishes, Ojas offers Ayurvedic-leaning recipes to satisfy the serious Ayurveda practitioner or simply the curious and hungry.



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Julie O'Boyle

By Julie O'Boyle

 —  Julie O'Boyle is a freelance writer and content strategist with a background in fashion and DIY and a devotion to the outdoors and functional nutrition. Currently residing in the woods of Maine, when she's not writing you can find her at the beach or on a mountain, or otherwise getting her hands dirty.

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