Cookbook Recs from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books

Cookbook & Recipe Keeper Giveaway

Giveaway for: The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper (below and signed by Celia Sack) + Choice of cookbook below (which may also come signed!)

Task: Tell us your most used / useful / favorite cookbook in the comments section below

By: August 15th, please

How we’ll choose: The old fashion way – we’ll draw your name out of a hat!

How we’ll let you know: By email and then we’ll send your prizes right to your home


Cookbooks have been the first resource for so many of us in the kitchen. A generation or two ago, probably every household owned a copy of The Joy of Cooking. Not everyone could go to cooking school, but just about anyone could pick up a cookbook and learn a thing or two from it. These days, there are more cookbooks than any one person could ever go through or ever need, really. If you’re just starting to cook or looking to tackle a new kitchen challenge, the options available to you can be dizzying. Instead of having to navigate through the cookbook aisle yourself, I asked Celia Sack the founder and owner of Omnivore Books on Food if she could provide some cookbooks recommendations for us based on some of the most common challenges I’ve seen. Not only did she agree, but she had us over to the store to record the conversation as a podcast. The podcast is below, and we’re gonna kick off the Cook Smarts podcast series with a giveaway of The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper (below and signed by Celia!) and your choice of one of the books Celia recommends (and we might be able to score a signed copy of it!). To enter, tell us the cookbook that’s been most helpful to you in the kitchen in the comments section. We’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, August 15th.

The Omnivore's Recipe Keeper by Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

To listen to our full discussion on cookbooks and get some meal planning tips from Celia, check out the full podcast in the player below. Alternatively to download or subscribe to via iTunes or Google, visit our podcast website

For the full list of cookbooks recommended by Celia, check out the titles below and head to Omnivore Books at 3885 Cesar Chavez St. if you’re in the Bay Area to pick up your copies or support your local bookstore

For the bachelor/ette or very beginner cook:

Cookbook recommendations for new cooks from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking by James Peterson | In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart by Alice Waters


For newlyweds just starting to cook together:

Cookbook recommendations for newlyweds from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters | The Sunset Cookbook: Over 1,000 Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for the Way You Cook Today by Sunset Books and Margo True


For those going gluten-free:

Cookbook recommendations for gluten-free needs from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries by Karen Morgan | Gluten-Free Italian: Over 150 Irresistible Recipes without Wheat – from Crostini to Tiramisu – Jacqueline Mallorca | The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace


For parents managing picky kids:

Cookbook recommendations for picky kids from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine | Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents by Cynthia Lair


For meals that can be repurposed into many dishes:

Cookbook recommendations for repurposing meals from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books | Cook Smarts Podcast by Jess Dang

Kitchen Classics’ Slow Cooker: The Slow Cooker Recipes You Must Have by James Price

Tell us your most used / useful cookbook in the comments section below for a chance to win The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper created by Celia and a choice of one of the cookbooks above

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