Easy Weekend Dinner Cookbooks For All Needs and Interests

It’s crucial for our well-being that we find ways to empower ourselves every day, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. This rings especially true for folks of a certain age. Reclaiming the kitchen and preparing home-cooked meals is but one example of a small but radical way to take your agency and health back into your own hands.


There’s simply no excuse for a dietary restriction to limit the scope of your food preparation. We’ve rounded up a selection of best-selling cookbooks for easy weekend dinner recipes that cater to common needs and interests.


Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

This is decidedly the cookbook of the moment, thanks in part to the contemporary relevance of it’s supermodel author Chrissy Teigen. Even the most celebrity-skeptical reader will find it hard not to have this book of guilty pleasures become a guilty pleasure unto itself. Some are dubbing Cravings the best celebrity cookbook of all time. For recipes that are spicy, salty, sticky, crunchy, juicy, oozy, each page is dripping with energy and enthusiasm and, most of all, joy—an ingredient far too rare in food writing.

The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

Earlier, we filled you in on the latest craze in home cooking, the Instant Pot®. There’s nothing it can’t do, and with the right cookbook in hand there’s nothing you can’t cook. The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook will teach you to create a variety of healthy, easy-to-make recipes with confidence. From savory breakfasts and hearty stews to decadent desserts and more, learning to master Instant meals using this easy-to-follow cookbook is like learning to fall in love with meal preparation all over again.

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Since 2009, Melissa Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has quietly led hundreds of thousands of people to effortless weight loss and better health. Motivating and inspiring with just the right amount of signature tough love, the program accomplishes all of this by specifically targeting people’s habits and emotional relationships with food, particularly with sugar and carbohydrates. Many Whole30 participants have described achieving “food freedom” by simply using this step-by-step plan to reduce cravings, and improve digestion, immune function, sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

The Whole30 prepares participants for the program in five easy steps, previews a typical thirty days, teaches the basic meal preparation and cooking skills needed to succeed, and celebrates real-life success stories. The book provides a month’s worth of recipes designed to build confidence in the kitchen and inspire the taste buds, from simple one-pot meals to complete dinner party menus.


Disease Reversal/Anti-Inflammatory:

The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook: Over 150 Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Speed Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Prevent Diabetes

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day

The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System

The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease


Low Sodium:

American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Reducing Sodium and Fat in Your Diet

500 15-Minute Low Sodium Recipes: Fast and Flavorful Low-Salt Recipes that Save You Time, Keep You on Track, and Taste Delicious
The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook
The Easy Low Sodium Diet Plan and Cookbook: Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Meals to Start (and Stick to) a Low Salt Diet


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