12 Best Beginner Cookbooks For Recent College Graduates

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12 Best Beginner Cookbooks For Recent College Graduates

Get To Cookin'!

So you know someone who is about to graduate. Or maybe you're a recent diploma recipient yourself. Well, congratulations and welcome to the real world. But hey, it's not that bad. Moving into a new apartment with a proper kitchen is exciting! Cooking can be intimidating but you'll find these 12 cookbooks are straightforward, easy to understand, and delicious beyond belief. So what are you waiting for? Heat up that oven!

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1. The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook

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Okay YES! Technically this is a diet cookbook. But don't let the calories fool you. There are a lot of great ideas in here, especially when you come home from a long day and a long commute. It might be easy to heat up a frozen pizza but with this bad boy, you can bake salmon and whip up a zesty chimichurri sauce.

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2. Betty Crocker Cooking Basics

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If you REALLY don't know how to cook, hey don't worry. Betty has you covered. From must-have utensils to everything you need to know about poultry, this book is a fantastic beginners guide to cooking. It is a great gift to give someone who is preparing to enter the real world, and a real kitchen.

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3. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

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This cookbook has a nice range of meals to prepare. From butter nut squash soup to breakfast sandwiches, you can play around with some interesting recipes and push yourself to new culinary limits.

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4. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

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If you haven't heard of Instant Pot yet then hold on to your hats. It can cook chicken in under 30 minutes, it can steam rice faster. It can do everything. It is also perfect for those of us who might not be the most confident in the kitchen. This cookbook will give you step by step instructions on what to cook but more importantly how to use this amazing apparatus to make meals at home quick, safe, and delicious.

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5. Greece: The Cookbook

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When you're working hard, or maybe studying for a test, it can feel impossible to eat healthy. With delivery services like Postmates and Uber Eats, it's much easier to pay for delivery than it is to cook a meal. And because of this, our health is affected. The Greek cuisine is fairly straight forward. With salads, dips, and fish, you can whip up something quick but still be satisfied with your food choices. And hey, maybe you'll feel like your on a Greek isle for a split second.

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6. One Pan & Done

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Maybe you love cooking but aren't good at it. Maybe you know someone who WOULD love cooking but hates cleaning. Well good thing there's a cookbook for that. One Pan & Done catalogues great recipes that, well, only need one pan. From meatballs to egg souffl├ęs, the recipes are simple, and all you need is one pan!

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7. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

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Cooking doesn't have to be serious and funny lady Amy Sedaris does just that. You'll read every page because they are both comical and informative. Pour yourself a glass of wine and have fun, cooking should be relaxing.

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8. Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition

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People have been using this cookbook since the 30s, so any recent grad is in good hands. With a plethora of recipes you "should" know, you're bound to learn something new with this big book. Bonus points for a serious glossary with conversions and substitutions.

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9. Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes

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There's a category dedicated to people who hate mayonnaise. Enough said, right?

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10. What the F^@# Should I Make for Dinner?

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You're stuck in traffic in your car or on the train. You're starving, tired, and irritable. Your significant other doesn't cook and your roommates only microwave pasta for meals. You went grocery shopping and need to whip something up before the $100 in produce goes bad. Maybe you're thinking "what the F^@# should I make for dinner?". Well so did author, Zach Golden. He made the hard decision for you in this cookbook. Thanks to him, you'll be enjoying some brussel sprouts on the couch, watching TV.

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11. The I Don't Know How To Cook Book

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If you're giving this as a gift, it might not be subtle. But the recipient will appreciate it. If someone bought it for you, fear not, they have your best interest at heart. And even if you think you know everything about cooking, you're bound to learn something from this handy option. Did you know you can't pour bacon grease down the sink? See, you learn something new everyday.

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12. Meal Prep: The Essential Meal Prep Guide For Beginners

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To cut costs and generally eat better, meal prep is necessary. There are a lot of ways to go about scheduling your meals for the week but frankly, it can get boring. Use this bad boy to keep your imagination and taste buds going.