6 Cookbooks to Check Out This Spring If You're Out of Ideas

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

Are we the only ones wondering what to make for dinner? The more time we spend at home, the more it seems that we run out of ideas. Thankfully, there are experts there to help us.

If you're looking to add new recipes to your rotation, or want to expand your food knowledge this spring, we've rounded up a few cookbooks you should have on your radar. From BBQ staples to veggie-centric entrées, there's plenty to drool over.

Check out these recently released and upcoming titles for a little cooking inspo.

1. The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom ​by Pepper Thai and Garrett Snyder, $29.99

Chrissy Teigen's mom, Pepper Teigen, is already known by the Internet for her food expertise. Now, she's bringing it all together in one place with a new cookbook that features 80 recipes. Learn how to make everything from khao tod crispy rice salad to pad Thai Brussels sprouts — all described as "Thai-ish" for their clever incorporation of California ingredients and flavors.

2. The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World ​by Reem Kassis, $39.95

Writer Reem Kassis focuses on the ways in which food, history, and politics intersect. Her 2017 cookbook ​T​​he Palestinian Table​ was a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award and was one of NPR's best books the same year. Now, she's back with 130 recipes exploring the complexity of Arab cooking. Dishes include mustard greens and labaneh, tahini cheesecake and narjissiya (described as a "fava bean and egg hash") that you can explore in each section, organized by ingredient.

3. Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook​, by Eric Ripert, $35

Globally recognized chef Eric Ripert wants you to eat your veggies. It will likely be less of a chore thanks to this book filled with 110 recipes that pay homage to healthy essentials. You can make your own sweet pea soup, mushroom bolognese, and more with the tips in these pages. The book has already been named one of the best cookbooks of the year by ​Publishers Weekly​.

4. Toaster Oven Takeover: Easy and Delicious Recipes to Make in Your Toaster Oven​, by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore, $19.99

Honestly, sometimes we just need a recipe that doesn't require ten different kitchen tools. Enter this cookbook dedicated to the humble toaster oven. It'll guide you through how to whip up sweet chili-glazed wings, German chocolate cake, and more, using this efficient kitchen staple.

5. Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook​, by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, $29.99

Gearing up for a summer of grilling? Why not start a little earlier? James Beard award-winning chef Rodney Scott lets readers in on his best BBQ tips in this cookbook, the first of its kind by a Black pitmaster. Get ready to make your own smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, and more. You'll also learn more about Scott's story. Pro tip: Watch his episode of ​Chef's Table BBQ​ if you haven't already.

6. Eat Plants Every Day: 90+ Flavorful Recipes to Bring More Plants into Your Daily Meals​, by Carolyn Warsham and Blair Warsham, $30

If you're looking to do a little spring refresh with your usual dishes, and are interested in plant-based recipes, this cookbook is a good place to start. The husband-and-wife duo chef Blair Warsham, and culinary writer Carolyn Warsham put together 90 recipes for incorporating more plants into your repertoire. Cook up lemon agave cheesecake, beet poke, and more.


Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com

View Work