It’s always entertaining to read about the worst cookbooks of the year, but 2012 was a great year for healthy cookbooks, too. From vegan and vegetarian recipes to gluten-free (or none of the above), there were several big releases that make great last-minute gifts…for yourself, or your foodie friends.
Check out our favorite healthy cookbooks from
Keys to the Kitchen (by Aida Mollenkamp)
Whether you’re gifting this to a culinary master or a total novice, it will teach them something new–we promise. Aida Mollenkamp‘s new book is part traditional cookbook (with tons of really delicious-sounding recipes) and part-kitchen manual (with tutorials on everything from equipment to cooking fish and meat). It’s a book that will get used, and used again.
The Sprouted Kitchen (by Sara Forte)
Popular food blogger Sara Forte‘s first cookbook is full of vegetarian recipes, and gorgeous photography that will motivate you to cook them.
Clean Food (by Terri Walters)
This vegan cookbook has been on our bookshelves for awhile, but this year it got an update that includes 20 new recipes. This is a staple for anyone who likes to eat seasonally and eat a plant-based diet…everything we’ve made from this book has been a hit.
Crazy Sexy Kitchen (by Kris Carr)
Full of “plant-empowered” vegan recipes, this follow-up to Kris Carr‘s Crazy Sexy Diet is a huge help to anyone who’s into eating a super clean, super vegan diet. (And the recipes are delicious.)
Jerusalem: A Cookbook (by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi)
Yotam Ottolenghi isn’t a health food blogger or a vegan chef; he’s a professional chef who also happens to be The Guardian‘s longtime “The New Vegetarian” columnist. His first book, “Plenty,” is one of our go-to vegetarian cookbooks, but his newest collaboration with Sami Tamimi is just as drool-worthy, and the Mediterranean recipes are full of all the healthy ingredients that make the, uh, Mediterranean diet so healthy.
Small Plates & Sweet Treats (by Aran Goyoaga)
The popular food blogger Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille contributed one of the dreamiest cookbooks we saw all year…and it just so happens that everything in it is gluten-free. Not all of the recipes are desserts, but the ones we’ve tried all are…and they’ve all come out perfectly.
Part-memoir, part vegan starter guide, ultra-runner Scott Jurek‘s long-awaited release isn’t a traditional cookbook, but his story is so inspiring it’s worth reading in between his equally-awesome vegan recipes.
The Sexy Vegan Cookbook (by Brian L. Patton)
Brian L. Patton made a name for himself as the sexy vegan when he started teaching friends how to make easy vegan recipes at home; he’s passing the knowledge on in the form of an awesome book with delicious vegan recipes. How can you pass that up?