I love flipping through cookbooks and being inspired to try new recipes.
I especially love it when those same cookbooks can help me save money, too. I know that you don’t need to buy a cookbook to find great recipes, but sometimes it’s fun to curl up with a great cookbook.
If you’re on the hunt for some new dinner inspiration, check out my list of recommended reads:
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook by Erin Chase. The author of this book is the mastermind behind one of my favorite websites, $5 dinners.com. Find out how to create an entire meal for less than $5 and learn how to save money at the grocery store with this fabulous read.
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea. I love being able to throw everything into my slow cooker in the morning and have a great tasting meal ready at dinnertime. This book teaches you how to cook just about anything in your slow cooker.
Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. Once-a-month cooking is a great way for busy families to enjoy home-cooked meals on nights when you’re just too busy to cook. Buying and cooking in bulk is a fabulous way to save money on your food expenses and these authors will teach you how to do it.
Dining on a Dime Cookbook: 1000 Money Saving Recipes and Tips by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper. This book doesn’t have any frills, but sometimes the best frugal meals don’t need any. In addition to meal ideas, this book is loaded with money-saving tips, recipes for homemade cleaners and stuff for the kids.
Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen Cookbook by Nancy Mills and Kevin Mills. A great introductory cookbook for someone who has just moved out on their own. The recipes are simple and the book has lots of “Mom Tips” to help you through those early days of being a grown-up. I’ve had this book for more than a decade and I still use the chili recipe from it!
What are your favorite cookbooks for frugal, easy-to-make meals?
Please share your favorites in the comments!
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