5 Cookbooks for Newlyweds

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Danielle Bourgon

Staff Writer

Danielle is an educator, theatre artist, and book lover from Toronto, Ontario. She acknowledges that this is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit where she is grateful to live and work. When she’s not drinking tea and reading on the couch, she’s recommending books to her students, friends, and family. She’s a feminist, a nerd, and a baker. Oh. And she has Hogwarts tattooed on her arm.

I got married this fall. My husband and I are avid home cooks and while we didn’t opt for a traditional registry (mostly because we were about to move across the country) a big part of our newlywed life has been centred around baking and cooking. Whether its been using the new kitchen equipment we got with our newlywed fund or diving into family recipes that were given to me as bridal shower gifts, we’ve enjoyed diving into this new phase with excitement and butter. So I thought I’d gather a list of our favourite cookbooks for newlyweds, just in case you have foodies in your life that are about to get hitched.

the-complete-cooking-for-two-cookbook-coverThe Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 65 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make by America’s Test Kitchen

The best part about this one for us is that it does a great job of portioning things for two people, which is something most cookbooks don’t do. They also offer cooking-for-two options for dessert, which is great since most baking recipes make enough for a small army. We particularly love the Chickpea Patties and the Turkey Chilli.


vegan-richa-everyday-kitchen-cookbook-coverVegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with Worlds of Flavor by Richa Hingle

This Seattle blogger offers great recipes from around the world that are big in flavour and small in prep time. With everything from One-Pot Peanut Butter Noodles to Chickpea Chilaquiles, newlyweds are sure to get great use out of a cookbook like this, whether or not they’re vegans. (You can also check out her first cookbook for specifically Indian vegan recipes.)


Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

This is a great purchase for newlyweds or really anyone who is moving out and starting to cook for themselves, simply because of the volume of recipes and techniques it teaches. Among its offerings are recipes for everyday favourites like mashed potatoes, to more complex culinary ventures like making your own pasta.


one-pan-two-plates-cookbook-coverOne Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two by Carla Snyder

Another great one for giving recipes that are portioned for just two people. This one is a little less technical than America’s Test Kitchen, though, and features recipes that sound fancy but are easily achievable after work, including Braised Chicken Thighs with Figs and Creamy Polenta.


red-rooster-cookbook-coverThe Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson

This one is part of a new trend in cookbooks where the recipes are interwoven with other pieces of writing that provide further context. In this case, you’ll find essays that speak to the particular place of the restaurant interspersed with recipes for everything from Brown Butter Biscuits to Jerk Bacon and Baked Beans. This is a great pick for Newlyweds that love to eat out and want to recreate that experience in their own kitchens.