Our Favorite Cookbooks

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Our Favorite Cookbooks




We love cookbooks. A lot. They give us inspiration, guidance, insight, and a welcome respite. We love to delve into our old favorites—the ones with the dog-eared pages and notes in the margins that we return to again and again. But lately, we’re grateful for some new favorites that are expanding our repertoire, and tantalizing our taste buds here in the Good Clean Kitchen.

From The Aspen Cookbook to The Conscious Cleanse, these are our top picks for anyone who loves cookbooks and healthy eating - and they make gorgeous gifts too!

1.The Aspen Cookbook: 100+ Recipes From Your Favorite Aspen & Valley Restaurants

Curated and edited by Amanda Rae Busch. We love an opportunity to support local business - and that’s the story behind The (gorgeous!) Aspen Cookbook: To support local restaurants and their hard-working teams by sharing their most inspired stories and beloved recipes. Cookbook sales (and charitable donations) will fund a restaurant-relief grant program set up by the Aspen Board of Realtors/Young Professionals Network Aspen that will award money to local businesses in need. The book is a collection of more than 100 recipes from restaurants and chefs in the Roaring Fork Valley including “Fish In A Bag” from The Wild Fig, Chef Nobu’s “Miso Black Cod” from Matsuhisa Aspen, and “Spaghetti Carbonara” from L’Hosteria Ristorante just to name a few. Of course, one of our favorites is the light and delicious “Zucchini Basil Soup” from one of our Good Clean Chefs, Alex Karlinski. Cookbook with a cause… and we love it!

2. The Conscious Cleanse Cookbook: 150 Recipes To Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life

By Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez. Whether you've committed to doing a cleanse or you're just looking for a great collection of healthy, wholesome, delicious recipes, this cookbook is for you. We love the dynamic women behind The Conscious Cleanse, (our friends Jo and Jules!) and their clean eating philosophy: “No deprivation, no calorie counting. Just healthy, easy recipes for every meal of the day.” Jo and Jules offer supported group cleanses as part of their online program. We highly recommend!

3. Love is Served: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes from Southern California

By Seizan Dreux Ellis, executive chef at Café Gratitude. We are inspired by Café Gratitude every day in our Good Clean Kitchen. Not only by the recipes that celebrate the flavors of plants and organic, healthful ingredients but also by the simple ethos that is the foundation of Café Gratitude’s philosophy - that JOY is derived from LOVING and being GRATEFUL for food, health, and good company. We wholeheartedly agree. Each dish on the menu is named as an affirmation of that personal joy. Some of our favorites are "I Am Awakening" (Raw Key Lime Pie) and "I am Warm Hearted" (Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragout)

4. Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home

By Andrea Bemis. Have you ever wondered where that can of coconut milk in your pantry actually came from? Or how far the avocados and lemons traveled to land in your local market? In Local Dirt, Andrea Bemis takes us on an insightful journey through her stories, photos and recipes……A 30-Day Challenge to cook and eat only local food grown from local dirt, using ingredients produced within 200 miles of her home. We love this thoughtful approach towards true sustainability. Organized by season, the delicious and creative dishes include a few new favorites in our Good Clean Kitchen like “Fennel Gratin” and “Zucchini Swiss Chard & Chickpea Stew”.

5. Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Every Day Living

By Laura Lea. With over 100 approachable, comforting, make-ahead recipes, this cookbook from the creator of the LLBalanced website confirms that finding balance is possible: you can find the joy, relaxation, and healing of cooking for yourself, family, and friends during these frenetic times. We agree....Sharing food is sharing love!

6. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes of Easy Comfort Foods

By Tieghan Gerard. A favorite of our Good Clean Chef Team! There's something for everyone in Tieghan’s latest cookbook: show-stopping recipes, practical meal prep tips, effortless entertaining, plus vegan and vegetarian options. On her blog Half Baked Harvest, Tieghan is beloved for her wonderful writing style, beautiful food photography and family style recipes that make you want to cook every single dish. While we love all of Tieghan’s recipes, her latest book focuses on the easy-to-prepare-on-a-weeknight ones that we love to cook for our own families and share with you!