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Darling South’s Favorite Cookbooks

A Few of My Favorite Cookbooks -

Cooking is one of my very favorite things to do. It relaxes me. Something about chopping, stirring, combining ingredients just feels meditative. I’ve collected quite a few cookbooks over the years, but I have a few favorites that I use more than others.

My 5 Favorite Cookbooks:


Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

Skinnytaste takes classic favorites and remakes them with a healthier twist. They’re so good, you won’t notice anything missing, though! I love that this addition to the collection of Skinnytaste cookbooks uses the slowcooker and instant pot to make mealtime easier!


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond

I have several of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks, but I use this one the most because of the breakfast recipes. Her Dinnertime cookbook is a close second for my most-used from my Pioneer Woman collection.


Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

I’ve shared before how I love make-ahead recipes, and this is a whole book full of make-ahead goodness! Ina shares tips for keeping the food tasting great while getting the food prep out of the way.


Pizzazzerie: Entertain In Style by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Not only are the photos on every page gorgeous, but Courtney has perfectly paired delicious recipes with beautiful tablescapes for expertly designed parties.



The Lady & Sons Country Cookbook by Paula H. Deen and John Berendt

Absolutely full of classic Southern comfort food. I haven’t made a recipe from this I didn’t love!


Here are a few currently on my list to pick up:


Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy by Damaris Phillips


The Southerner’s Cookbook by the Editors of Garden & Gun


Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines


The Southern Vegetable Book by Rebecca Lang


Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz


So those are a handful of the cookbooks I keep coming back to, plus a few more I’d like to add to my collection. Do you have any favorite cookbooks? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about them!

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