5 Cookbooks to Get the Whole Family Cooking

Whether you’re in the kitchen or at the grill, there’s a recipe that needs to be followed. But those recipes sure do get old fast. Before long, your family has grown tired of the same old, same old.

As we head toward the new year, what better time is there to recommend five new cookbooks that can get the whole family excited about the age-old question: what’s for dinner?


 Tailgating Cookbook

Tailgreat: How to Crush It at Tailgating

By: John Currence

This one goes out to all the tailgating fanatics looking to crush their next cookout or BBQ experience. Tailgreat was written to show that tailgating food can be elevated beyond the typical hot dogs and burgers of years past. From Smoked Ham Biscuits with Cultured Butter to Beef and Cheddar Hot Dog Links, you’ll have the whole tailgate coming back for more. The book also features essential tailgating do’s and don’ts, making it a must-have for any grilling enthusiast.


Bob Ross Cookbook

The Bob Ross Cookbook: Happy Little Recipes for Family and Friends

By: Robb Pearlman

He taught us all to paint “happy little trees” and to believe that mistakes were simply “happy accidents.” Now, he’s going to help us make art in the kitchen. Filled with craveable comfort food recipes, like the Curly-Topped Veggie Mac and Cheese, and iconic quotes and landscapes from Bob Ross, this cookbook is a great way to get the whole family passionate about cooking. The book also features “Bravery Test” sidebars that allow you to take a recipe to the next level, if you’re feeling up to it!


Scotty Scott Cookbook

Fix Me a Plate: Traditional and New School Soul Food Recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat

By: Scotty Scott

Published in spring 2022, this cookbook from Dairy MAX collaborator, food blogger and recipe developer, Scotty Scott, can help any at-home chef upgrade their home cooking with these soul-satisfying dishes. With traditional recipes and fresh takes on some classics, this cookbook also provides interesting tidbits on the history behind many of the iconic dishes that are featured. Whether you’re serving up a Spicy Sausage Cream Gravy or Duck Fat Shrimp Etouffee, these recipes will have all your friends and family asking for seconds.


Comfortable Kitchen Cookbook 

The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy and Wholesome Recipes

By: Alex Snodgrass

A New York Times Bestseller, Alex Snodgrass knows how to make the home kitchen feel a little more comfortable, especially for any newbie cooks! This cookbook emphasizes the importance of bringing joy into the kitchen and making meals the whole family (even the little ones) will enjoy. From not-so-junky junk food to delicious main course dishes, this cookbook sports some delicious recipes like Texas-style Brisket Tacos and Cajun Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.


Tasty Cookbook

Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything

By: Tasty

This cookbook by Tasty, the world’s largest food outlet, offers 150 recipes to help anyone master basic and complex recipes and cooking techniques. Learn to make amazing cheese pulls and delicious, mouth-watering dishes like the Fried Egg Pizza or Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings. We could keep listing all of the amazing recipes from this book, but we’d get too hungry! From hosting Friendsgiving to making delicious bites for a big game, this book has all the bases covered for any home cook.


With any (or all) of these five cookbooks, the whole family can get involved in the kitchen. The passion, enthusiasm and delicious flavors in each book will have everyone coming back for more, and any unenthusiastic groans of “what’s for dinner?” will turn into excited calls of “when is dinner?”

For more cooking inspiration you can use right now, try some of our own delicious recipes.

By Blake Romney

Blake Romney was looking for the opportunity to promote a message he was passionate about, so he joined Dairy MAX in 2020 – finding the proud, Americana story of dairy farmers and sustainability to be well worth telling. He brings more than 10 years of experience in digital strategy and production, including five years in the food and beverage industry.

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