My absolute favorite cookbooks are actually family cookbooks. My mom made this adorable book for all of the grand kids for Christmas once everyone was in college. It encompasses recipes from my grandma, her sister and all of their children. It is a great mix of recipes and some fun family photos!
My other grandma kept meticulous cookbooks with menus and recipes. She passed a couple of years ago and that is when we found the binders. It is a great way to keep her close and honor her memory. Plus, it is so fun to make things that she made for the holidays!!
You southerners know all about this kind of cookbook-the church cookbook. All of the ladies (and some men) of the church submit recipes and they are combined into a big cookbook. We sold them in middle school and high school and the proceeds helped send us on choir tour that year (yes, I was a Love Singer and I'm totally proud of it!). These recipes are so fun and remind me of home!
Now for some healthier options!! Ellie Krieger has fantastic recipes. They are healthy and so easy! I can always find something to make in her cookbook! I also have a quick and easy Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I have only flipped through this one, but there are some fun options.
For the more adventurous-I bought the first Top Chef cookbook that was distributed. I have only made one or two things from it, but the recipes sound soooooo delicious! These recipes are more time consuming and would be great as a date night!