These skew healthy/vegetarian, but aren't exclusively
  1. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
    Not only a cookbook, but one of the best meditations on eating and cooking well I can possibly imagine. Adler taught me to add parsley stems to my beans, that anything can be made a full meal by adding an egg, and that a meal of cheese, bread, and wine is a very good meal indeed.
  2. Feast by Sarah Copeland
    Gorgeous, fresh, healthy without being aesthetic, and full of recipes like sweet potato tortas, apple and rye whisky pancakes, and a foolproof oven risotto. It's the sort of book where people fawn over the food and the recipes are clear and often simple.
  3. The Northern Heartland Cookbook
    So much of the dialogue about eating seasonally revolves around places that have mild winters. This cookbook is about eating seasonally in a land where it sometimes snows six months out of the year, and does so in a refreshing my normal and approachable way.
  4. The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin
    My restaurant cookbook of choice. The dishes can be involved, but you can break down the components and mix and match to make a fantastic meal. Also, the arugula and pickled rhubarb salad may be one of the best salads I've ever made.
  5. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
    A very British vegetarian cookbook, filled with gorgeous dishes like a vegan banoffee pie I successfully fed to hardcore carnivores. I love that there are chapters dividing type of food, such as "quick dinners" and "dinners to impress". It's vegetarian food meant to show off how vibrant and delicious it is, and deprivation never enters the picture.
  6. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
    If you want to know what to put in your banana bread, the flavor bible will tell you that blackberries, coconut milk, hazelnuts, peanut butter, and sour cream are all good bets, along with others.
  7. Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swansin
    I have yet to make anything from any Heidi Swanson recipe that has not been devoured by everyone, regardless of diet. This is my most used of her resources.
  8. Baking by Dorie Greenspan
    This is the perfect beginning baking book, and still a good resource no matter your level. It's filled with solid recipes, and Dorie's pretty clear where it's best to improvise and when you should stay close to the recipe.