• Katherine Arthurs

My favorite cookbooks

Want to know what inspires me? First is seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and local meats. What is happening in the very season that you are in, is SO important - I mean, fresh food! But when I'm in need of more inspiration for a new recipe or to get myself out of a cooking rut - I turn to my library of trusted cookbooks for ideas. Not only are a lot of my cookbooks full of gorgeous photos - that are mouthwatering, but they have been tried and tested...

BUT you know the thing about me following a recipe. WELL, it doesn't happen. I can't remember the last time I followed a recipe. It hasn't happened - maybe ever. Measuring isn't my strength - I would rather going with my gut. And I am known to substitute ingredients for something of my liking (choose gluten free, sugar free and dairy free first) along with what I have in my pantry or refrigerator. If I plan - I will grab some necessary ingredients at the store but let's be honest - I love turning recipes into MY OWN. And you should too!

**This photo has nothing to do with cookbooks. It was taken of me at a Farm to Fork event at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Crazy fun opportunity to cook what they produce in their amazing garden served to their fabulous staff and CSA members. Such a great event to be apart of!

Here are my favorites!

Oldies but goodies. I've had these for years...

Moosewood Cookbook

Basically the Bible for Vegetarian cuisine, in my opinion. I visited their restaurant in Ithaca, New York during my college days - and remember how minimal the restaurant was but also so simple, fresh and delicious.

This book has taught me how to love eggplant and use it in so many different ways. I also learned that you don't need a meat protein in every meal you have. These creative recipes use lots of sauces and spices - oh and garlic to make them even more delicious.

Bon Appetit: fast easy fresh, by Barbara Fairchild

It's just that - fast, easy & fresh. I love this cookbook for brunch ideas, breads - their dinner rolls are so easy to make, and the long list of cocktail recipes at the end.

This book is huge - you could make a recipe every day for 2 years and still have more recipes to try. It's a good book to have for delicious easy meals.

Life in Balance by Donna Hay

I've had this book for over 10 years. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous - I basically stop in my tracks after ever page turn.

This book has many sections - I love power snacks, better baking & treats and eat your greens! I've used a couple of her recipes for some of my dietary sensitive clients - Peach & Coconut Chia Snacks and Cacao, Banana, Date & Cashew Bars!!

All winners!

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

My very first Paleo private chef client gave me this over 12 years ago and it taught me SO much. I thought I knew a thing or two about Paleo but nope. This book is full of facts, helpful tips and great recipes to build upon. About 50% of the book is a guide into eating Paleo - lots of information regarding different ways to eat, why change your eating habits and meal plans. The meal plans were so helpful when my husband I first tried eating Paleo.

I mean Paleo Bacon Brownies!

New Additions to my library in the last few months.

Rustic Joyful Food: My hearts table, by Danielle Kartes

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Danielle and let's just say her personality is infectious - you want to be around her. Her smile, kind heart and fun loving attitude - oh, and she is SO funny - and she is a great cook!

Her cookbook was written beautifully and from the heart. Her food is inventive but approachable...check out the cover! The book has simple and from scratch dressings, sauces and condiments - Balsamic & Tomato jam anyone?

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard

Not only is Tieghan talented but she takes great photos that make you want to TRY EVERYTHING! I'm a sucker for bowls - her Steak Shawarma Bowl with sweet potato fries, kale and tzatziki! YES!

She is a Colorado girl - so of course, I like her. She channels my "homemade take out" - Honey & Ginger Chicken and Miso Ramen Noodle Peanut Stir-Fry. Gosh, I'm hungry now.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, by Mickey Trescott

I can't believe it took me this long to own this cookbook. Mickey's story is one that captivates you and makes you really understand the food - health correlation. I'm passionate about this and this book makes me feel good about the choices that I'm making...and it's a cookbook!

Her recipes, are simple with fresh ingredients but with so much thought and research. It's really impressive.

What are your favorite cookbooks? I'd love to add to my collections!