Finding The Perfect Cookbook (For You) | WritingMoniqueWritingMonique
January 17, 2017

I am hoping that this ‘post on finding the perfect cookbook will save you some stress and  money. I’ve always struggled with impulse decisions and so when I started searching for my very first cookbook I almost bought one that wasn’t exactly my-cup-of-tea, just because I was lazy and in a hurry to fill the corner in my kitchen. Lesson learned (!), and I can honestly say that every second of researching was worth it, because  I recently found the PER-FECT cookbook for me! 

Finding The Perfect Cookbook For You

Beautiful, Delicious Photos.
Let’s be honest; we all value a tasty-looking photograph. I realized pretty early that I was more attracted to dark, deep backgrounds than whites but definitely take your time scanning through as much cookbooks as you can! If the photos look delicious, they’ll motivate you 100% more!

Simple, Easy Steps.
Please, please, read some recipes before you purchase any cookbook. If you have problems understanding the steps, it’ll probably fail. You need clear, simple steps that take you through the motions.

And don’t feel discouraged if you keep finding a lot of problematic recipes! It’s so much better to say ‘no’, than to buy a cookbook that you’ll never even use.

Book Cover.
We can pretend like we don’t care… Or, we can admit that we all love a great book cover! I definitely have a soft spot for a beautiful cover! My cookbook has it’s own spot on my kitchen counter, so I basically look at it on a daily basis. I needed something that would catch my eye and make me excited to start cooking! Most cookbooks have a gorgeous cover, so go for the one that makes you want to start cooking straight away!

Breakfast? Dinner? Dessert?
You’ve got a cookbook for everything! You’re vegetarian? You’re allergic? You’ve got a craving for Italian cuisines?! Or maybe you want a cookbook based on dessert alone? I found it SO hard not to go straight for the baking section! Choose a few favorite recipes, and build from that!

I won’t deny that the cookbooks with a broad dessert section made my heart beat a little faster. However, when it comes down to practical use, you have to go with the book that works best, considering all of the above!

Side note: I knew quite early, that I wanted a Jamie Oliver cookbook. Why?! Because I’ve always wanted to make his recipes. Especially his Italian recipes. So if you’ve got no clue on how to get started: ZAP to the cooking channel!

Which cookbooks do you own?!

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31 comments on “Finding The Perfect Cookbook (For You)”

    January 17, 2017

    Hi Monique, it’s funny that we seem to think that choosing a cook book is not something you have to pay a lot of mind to. But on the contrary, it’s very important to do the research first! For example you need to condider, your preference in food, food budget. your cupboard stock, nearby food shops and markets etc.
    Thanks for sharing

    January 17, 2017

    What a great article! I never saw such an article, but it’s very true to find the perfect cookbook that fits you. I once bought a book of Nigella Lawson, because I watch a lot of cooking programs on tv and YouTube and I just started cooking when I was 14/15 years I think and I just thought: she is a good idea. I do loved her pie from this book, but the other things were lots of things I would never make. I’m not a fish person and lots of salmon and shrimps, so that was not my cup of tea. Now I figured out that I mostly also like Jamie Oliver. His recipes are my cup of tea, looking very delicious, he is fun to watch to, he makes easy recipes, but also shows different things like I saw him making muffins with vegetables and stuff (I also like that he stands up for healthy foods like that he thinks there should be way less sugar in our food products, because it’s not necessary) and he is not such a cook that only puts one little thing on a big plate. I like plates full with food haha. And I like Italian food too btw! Besides that I never buy cookbooks anymore, because I have a few, but I never really cook from it I love to use the internet and Pinterest haha.

    January 17, 2017

    amazing! need a good cookbook

    January 17, 2017

    I’ve never thought about why I don’t really like some cookbooks but love others and you’re so right; it really does come down to these things! I can’t wait to move out of my student flat and furnish my own kitchen with a bunch of awesome cookbooks!

    xx, Pia

    January 17, 2017

    You’re so right!! I’ve bought so many cook books in my life but never stuck with any of them because there was ALWAYS something wrong!

    Alya / moorizZLA xx

    January 17, 2017

    I’m glad you found yourself a perfect cookbook! The only cookbook I have is one that my friend gave me for my birthday. It’s called The Starving Artist Cookbook 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    January 17, 2017

    What an amazing idea for a post. Honestly you completely hit the nail on the head. I never really buy cookbooks because I just don’t even know where to start. I need simple steps, stunning photos and hearty food. Definitely need to check out good old Jamie Oliver!


    January 18, 2017

    What a cute little post! I’m not a huge cookbook user, but I do find that I am much more attracted to the ones with nice photos. I’m only gonna cook something if it has a photo, ahahah. But seriously, nice post and nice photos!
    Julia ||

    January 18, 2017

    What a great and interesting topic! There are so many cookbooks out there and it definitely gets overwhelming knowing which one fits you best. I want to try the Chrissy Teigen one!


    January 18, 2017

    Great post. I’ve looked at cookbooks so many times but have never bought one because none of them was “perfect” for me. Soon, I hope!

    January 18, 2017

    One of my New Years resolutions was too cook more, and this book might be the one for me. Simple steps and pictures are very important since I’m not very good at it yet. Thanks for the recommendation!


    January 18, 2017

    I have so many! As you mentioned, I do have some for desserts, for quick meals or for special holidays. And I definitely bought some just because of the pictures…whoops x

    Jessica — NinetyCo


    January 19, 2017

    looks great!

    January 20, 2017

    Such great tips! It’s funny how cookbooks have kind of dwindled since we use the internet so much now, but I’ve been wanting to pick up a few. Chrisy Teigen’s is on my list!



    January 21, 2017

    I agree – I’m also a sucker for cookbook’s cover, and never more so than when they show a dessert! You’ve certainly prompted me to look for some cookbooks that aren’t necessarily focussed on desserts though now, I’d love to extend my knowledge of savoury recipes 🙂

    January 22, 2017

    Awesome photos! Everything here looks delicious! Yum yum!
    Happy weekend love!
    Much love, Len

    January 23, 2017

    I agree, the photos look amazing! I have a couple of cookbooks but I rarely cook and I almost never use them 🙁


    January 23, 2017

    Such a beautiful cookbook! The photos all look delicious. Cheers to cooking lots of amazing dishes! 🙂


    January 26, 2017

    I need a new cookbook! It’s funny that we never really think about what we really want or need in a cookbook. I tend to just grab whatever looks pretty and never look at the recipe levels haha.

    Lisa Linh

    January 26, 2017

    Oh I love cookbooks, but what I really love about them? Is the design, being a graphic designer I just love a well designed cookbook and even designed a cover once for an Entenmanns baking book.

    Allie of

    January 27, 2017

    I love cookbooks! These tips are helpful because I’m always tempted to buy so many of them.

    January 27, 2017

    Haha I totally judge the book by the cover. After all, I eat with my eyes first! I am always on the look out for good cookbooks though!


    January 30, 2017

    I’m not great at cooking, so pretty pictures that inspire me are a must! Simple, easy to follow, steps are also super important!

    February 1, 2017

    Absolutely adored this post girl! Loving your tips and ideas for finding the perfect cookbook, I am SO in agreement with you that a dreamy cover helps and so do gorgeous, attractive pictures. I’m in love with the cookbook shown, the photos are absolutely stunning. I’ve only got a few quick recipe books I bought at the supermarket, one day when I actually learn to cook properly I better get a real one haha 😉

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    February 6, 2017

    This is such a great post! I’m always on the lookout for the perfect cookbook, and I have to say beautiful photos always get me! 🙂

    February 7, 2017

    These are great tips! I have a few cooking books but my favourite of the bunch is Thug Kitchen. The next book will probably be the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking – I’m just waiting for the price to go down since its kind of expensive where I live :/

    February 8, 2017

    A cook book is definitely something I want to buy soon, as I just want to start experimenting more in the kitchen. The tasty photographs definitely make a big difference ahah, it’s what will draw me in for sure.

    February 8, 2017

    His cooking definitely seems like it would be easy enough for me to do. And I totally agree a beautiful cover book is a great idea – perfect for photos!

    xx Yasmin

    February 22, 2017

    I’m super intimidated by cookbooks, but this post has got me intrigued! I love the reasons why you got it–good pics, easy instructions, wide range. I really want to check it out! Maybe it’ll be the perfect cookbook for me too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Characters & Carry-ons

    February 28, 2017

    The first one I ever brought was a Marie Claire one because it was super pretty (the cover) and I saw it everyday at my work so the obsession just grew and grew. Of course, it’s merely there for pretty pictures. I don’t use it at all. In fact I have maybe three other cookbooks and I’ve never used them. I find my recipes online instead hahahaha. I kind of prefer it for some reason.


    April 6, 2017

    I wish it didn’t but book covers always get me! If I find a cookbook I like and it hasn’t got a nice cover it’s always a bit of a let down. Currently I’m not buying any cookbooks for myself but I do buy quite a few for my sister- she loves them!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode