18 of the Best Cookbooks Under $35

Happy Wednesday, loves! It’s been a quiet week here with some projects that I’ve been working on, but I’ve been carving out a lot of time in the mornings to go through my ritual without zero rush. Would you believe me if I told you that on Sunday I fell asleep by 8pm and was up by 5:15? It wasn’t intentional, but something about waking up before the rest of the city and lighting some candles while reading the ultimate start to a new week.

So while I don’t usually do a roundup unless it’s related to my capsule wardrobes, I’m changing things up a bit today because I’ve recently found myself cooking a lot more than usual. I’ve gotten into this headspace where I find it to be super therapeutic, as it usually involves me taking a long bubble bath, throwing on my velvet bathrobe (so soft and 10% off right now) and heading into the kitchen to whip up something intentional, warm, and nourishing.

Since I’m not all that creative in the kitchen, I rely heavily on cookbooks and am often sharing recipes that I’ve tried (and loved) with friends by texting them a photo of the page. I thought since I’m doing that so often, I’d go ahead and share some of my top favorite cookbooks here with all of you that I’d highly encourage you to try (as well as a few others that I’ve been eyeballing). Whether you love to cook or you’re on the fence, there’s something about following a recipe that also has lovely imagery that I can’t get enough of. So let’s jump in!

18 Must Have Cookbooks Under $35

I’m especially excited to try The Balanced Cookbook by Laura Lea, CLEAN by Gwyneth Paltrow, The Clean Eating Slow Cooker (because I literally use my slow cooker all fall/winter long) and The Food Lab (both because I’m intrigued and I love the design of the book)


The Cookbooks I Consistently Use & Love

18 Must Have Cookbooks Under $35 - The Calm Collective

It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow

This cookbook is so simple, and every meal is light, refreshing and nourishing. The imagery is really, really clean as well. It’s a frequent go-to of mine, especially when I’m wanting something on the lighter side. / $19

True Roots by Kristin Cavallari

This one is probably my favorite right now, as it has such a wide variety of recipes to choose from. Everything from oat milk lattes to clean desserts to hearty recipes that are all local and sustainable. / $18

Platters & Boards by Shelly Westerhausen

I’ve been known to love a good charcuterie board as a meal (especially in the summer), but I will tell you that my strong suit isn’t figuring out what pairs well together or how it should look (if I’m having friends or family over). This book has been a game changer, and it’s a frequent grab whenever I’m craving meats and cheeses or want to put together a little snack. / $17

18 Must Have Cookbooks Under $35 - The Calm Collective

Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard

The first thing to note about this cookbook is how stunning the images are. I’ve been known to keep this book out on display and opened to certain pages just because of how lovely it is to look at. (It’s also one of my favorite gifts to give to friends). It’s 100% vegetarian, which is nice of when I’m going through a phase of wanting to strip animal products from my diet (something I do a couple of weeks out of each month just because makes me feel better). They’re all super attainable, and personal to the author which makes me love it that much more. / $20

Cravings by Chrissy Teigan

This cookbook is far more indulgent, which serves as a really good balance for when I feel like cheating — but still eating real, whole foods. Not only are the recipes so insanely good, but the book itself is hilarious (if you know anything about Chrissy then you know this to be true). I highly recommend this cookbook if you’re prone to having friends over, and especially if you tend to grave more savory comfort food. This is right up your alley. / $20

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