Cleaning and cooking can be the bane of your existence, or a quick and easy step towards a more organized, relaxed, and enjoyable life. We’ve brought together ten good housekeeping recipe books and cleaning tip guides that everyone should keep in their library. At the end of the article, there’s a bonus item. We’ve included a book that will help you get the most out of your extra free time – a novel with a fun twist.
Better Homes and Gardens’ New Cook Book
Regardless of the edition, this cook book is a culinary classic that no kitchen should forego. Loaded with classic and modern recipes ranging from simple to complicated in their execution, it’s the perfect starter cookbook for any kitchen. Chances are that your mother had a copy, so it’s a great pick for nostalgia, too.
The Flavour Thesaurus
This book is perfect for the cook who would love to be more adventurous, but isn’t sure how. It isn’t just a good cook book – it’s a delight to read. This reference book breaks food down into pairings, and provides cooks of all experience and skill levels with the tools they need to improve their craft. Don’t miss it.
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The essential guide to caring for everything in your home
Leave it to the queen of crafty and clean to create the ultimate guide to home cleanliness. This is more than a good housekeeping book – it’s an encyclopedia of all things cleaning-related. From organization basics to identifying what a material is and how to clean it, the book is a must-have for anyone with a space to clean.
Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1500 recipes for the way you cook today
With well over ten editions in print, this classic culinary masterpiece is loaded with photos, tips, and coking guidance for everyone. The latest edition includes access to supplementary materials online, as well as a chapter on Do It Yourself food preservation, canning, and pickling.
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha
Designed for Generations X and Y, and Millenials, this volume tackles all the questions you’re probably embarrassed to ask – like how to clean everything from pee stains on the ceiling to after-party vomit. It’s a nonjudgmental tome with a humorous punch, and unbeatable advice for the most…unusual…messes. Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart can tackle the traditional mess, but Jolie Kerr’s hilarious and irreverent guide is great for the rest.
The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Book
A perfect guide for beginners, this little nugget is crammed full of tips, techniques, advice, and lessons. More than 3,000 step-by-step illustrations make it fail proof, even for those of us who manage to burn water.
Home Comforts: The art and science of keeping house
Brimming with everything from tips on tuning a piano to keeping your food safely stored from pathogens, and keeping your home allergen free. Where good housekeeping books are concerned, this volume could be considered the definitive modern guide.
The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook
A deliciously-illustrated manual with tips on making gourmet dishes at home using recipes that fit most budgets, this is a good recipe book to keep on hand for special occasions. The most decadent dishes are boiled down to simple steps that any cook can follow.
One Year to an Organized Life
This New York Times’ Bestseller is structured into weekly and monthly tasks, with time estimates for each, making it simple and easy to use. Written in a clear, compelling style, even the messiest household will find itself gravitating towards order with the tips it includes. It’s not a good housekeeping book – it’s a good living book. Punctuality, order, and relaxation grow out of its use, as long as you follow the directions.
Written by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, this cook book isn’t a joke. It introduces a novel concept to help with the age-old problem of hiding nutrition in favorite foods, by using healthy vegetable and fruit purees as the building blocks of favorite recipes. Although targeted towards families with young children, I find it just as useful when feeding adults. Not everyone grows up to like beets or broccoli, after all.
Bonus: Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
Written by the author of Gilead, this novel has been acclaimed since its release in 1980 as an enchanting coming of age tale. The story of two sisters growing up surrounded by catastrophe and ruin, is artfully woven around themes of love, loss, and loneliness. It’s a novel that takes time to read – it pulls you in, forces you to relax into its pace, and opens your heart. When your own home is clean, your food prepared, and you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, crack into this delightful read. Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping is sure to please.