My Favorite Cookbooks

I was inspired to write this post after reading my girl Christina's (I actually started typing Xtina three times) post about her favorite healthy cookbooks.  The following is a list of my go-to cookbooks when I am looking for something new - they're a combination of both healthier recipes and not so healthy recipes.

Paleo Cookbook by Juli Bauer While I am not following a paleo diet, I am always looking for new and creative spins on the classics.  I made her slow cooker fall off the bone ribs for dinner last night and they did not disappoint.  There's a reason Juli is a #1 New York Times bestselling author!

The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka I have used Gina's website as a resource for healthier versions of my favorite recipes for years.  I don't think there is a recipe from either her website or book that wasn't delicious.  Not to mention, the photos are beautiful!  This is definitely a cookbook I reference more than a few times a month.

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten I couldn't have a list of my favorite cookbooks without including Ina!  I have used this cookbook primarily as inspiration for when I entertain.  Since receiving this cookbook for Christmas a few years ago, I have tried quite a few recipes - my favorite being her roasted shrimp cocktail and sauce.  I will never boil shrimp or use store bought cocktail sauce again!

The All New Cooking Light Cookbook by Cooking Light magazine I have had this cookbook for nearly 10 years and I generally pull it off the shelf when I am craving sweets and want a healthier version.  Most recently, I made their chocolate sheet cake to celebrate National Chocolate Cake day and it was really good.  Even my friend who doesn't do "light" versions of anything raved about it!

Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant Again, I couldn't have a favorite cookbook roundup without this one!  I was super excited to purchase this cookbook as Jessica's blog has been a favorite of mine for years.  Jessica's personality really shines through in each story she tells as well as her gorgeous photos.  Her creativity and recipes are just amazing.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perlman I love Deb's personality and she has been a great resource for delicious recipes.  I don't know how she does it in her tiny NYC apartment, but she never ceases to amaze me.  Love.

What cookbooks do you love?  Do we share any favorites?