There’s something about fall that motivates us to gather ’round the warmth of a stove. Perhaps it’s the crisp autumn air that urges us to find a respite, or the myriad end-of year holidays that call for hearty meals and baked treats. Whatever the case, if you want to change up your culinary repertoire, Amazon has been serving up amazing discounts on best-selling cookbooks for Kindle. Many of these well-reviewed titles are at or near all-time lows. Below, we have nine of the best cookbooks you can download this fall for under $3.
This cookbook from Giada De Laurentiis is based on her popular Food Network show Everyday Italian. Geared towards novice chefs or those who want quick-and-easy meals, this Amazon #1 Best Seller for Cooking Pasta features simple recipes spanning from antipasti (appetizers) to dolce (dessert).
Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 500 at-home chefs, many reviewers laud the easy-to-follow format and overall tasty Italian fare. (In particular, they’re fond of Giada’s marinara sauce.) Buon appetito.
Author Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from the hustle-and-bustle of Paris to a small town in Médoc, France. Her time away from the City of Lights inspired her to delve deeper into her passion for cooking and ultimately write this book.
Guaranteed to bring a taste of rural France to your own home, this Amazon #1 Best Seller for French Cooking features recipes representing all four seasons (the pumpkin soup would be an excellent choice for fall). Over 200 customers have given it a 4.7/5 star rating, calling it a “beautiful book” (photography provided by Mimi’s husband Oddur).
Chef Louisa Soufia of the Lucid Food blog has curated a mix of traditional Persian recipes and modern reinterpretations with Middle Eastern ingredients. This cookbook features 75 dishes ranging from snacks and beverages to meat and fish, plus much more.
If you’re not familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine, this would be an excellent resource for beginners as Louisa provides an overview of commonly used Persian ingredients. Most of the 100+ reviewers “highly recommend” this cookbook and have rated it 4.4/5 stars.
Sullivan Street Bakery opened in New York City’s SOHO neighborhood in 1994 after sculptor-turned-baker Jim Lahey failed to find anyone Stateside who could replicate the delicious, crusty bread he enjoyed while studying in Italy. This is Lahey’s first publication since his acclaimed My Bread in 2009.
You’ll learn how to replicate the crisp, aromatic bread that’s found on the tabletops at many fine NYC eateries. Also included are recipes for pizza, sandwiches, and breakfast foods. Non-bread fare like chili and brisket are featured, as well. This Amazon #1 Best Seller for Individual Chefs & Restaurants is rated 4.2/5 stars from over 30 reviews.
Before you balk at the title, know that the 4-person collective behind this vegan cookbook may actually be on to something. If you want to have tacos in the morning, evening, and at suppertime and feel healthier overall, then you’ll want to give this a look. With recipes that are “authentically Austin” and “inspired by Mexico,” you’ll realize that there are many many ways to prepare this beloved foldable food, especially without animal products.
Not only will you be knee-deep in taco recipes, you’ll also learn which “supplements” (aka margaritas) will pair best with your meals. With this cookbook, every day can be Taco Tuesday at your house. Over 150 taco enthusiasts have given it 4.1/5 stars.
Once upon a time, New York City chefs Eric Werner and Mya Henry moved to the tiny town of Tulum, Mexico, where they now own and operate Hartwood restaurant. This award-winning cookbook shares Eric and Mya’s story of risk & reward, as well as the recipes that have made Hartwood “one of the most exciting and inspiring restaurants in the world.”
What you can expect: dishes flavored with “honeys, salts, fresh and dried herbs, fresh and dried chiles, onions, [and] garlic.” What you won’t see much of: dairy and wheat (ideal for anyone who has an intolerance to either).
Rated 4.7/5 stars from over 40 reviews, Hartwood provides a fresh take on food preparation framed by an inspiring tale of two people who left their lives behind to chase a dream.
Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand for $3 (was $15)
Upon returning from a trip to Thailand in 2005, Portland, Oregon-based chef Andy Ricker opened up Pok Pok, an eatery that specializes in Thai street food. This cookbook has over 50 recipes, including stir fries, curries, rice dishes, salads, and more. In addition to those, Pok Pok — which is onomatopoeia for “the sound a pestle makes when it strikes a clay mortar” — features an in-depth look at Thai cuisine, from sourcing the best ingredients to understanding Southeast Asian flavor profiles.
An Amazon #1 Best Seller in Wok Cookery, Pok Pok is rated 4.6/5 stars based on over 200 reviews. At-home cooks like that it’s “well-written” and “easy to follow.” If you want to change up your menu in a big way while learning about a new culture, give this one a download.
Boston-area chef Joanne Chang created this cookbook (and its predecessor Flour) based on the recipes that have made her Flour Bakery + Café so popular among foodies. This is the right place to look if you’re in the mood for sweet or savory fare on a cold night. It contains 100 recipes including cakes, pizza, pastas, tarts, and other tasty comfort food.
Rated a remarkable 4.8/5 stars from over 100 reviews, Amazon shoppers are a fan of this cookbook’s accessible format and breadth of recipes, as it covers meals from breakfast to dessert and everything in between.
Winter holidays, especially, seem to call for cookies and baked goodies. Whether you want to try something new or learn how to perfect the classics, this cookbook from the renowned America’s Test Kitchen has you covered. Not only does it include over 250 recipes, The Perfect Cookie also provides in-depth info on cookie-baking techniques, the proper tools and equipment needed for baking, and how to correctly store your treats for later.
If you’re the type to gift DIY baked goods to friends and family, pick up this cookbook and create something that will truly impress them. (Frosted Red Velvet Cookies, anyone?) Nearly 150 Amazon shoppers have rated this handy resource 4.7/5 stars.
We hope that these cookbooks for Kindle can help introduce some new flavors and cuisines to your daily routine. You can also look to them if you need to concoct a holiday meal that’ll blow your family away. In any case, downloading these Kindle cookbooks will certainly be more cost-efficient (and in many cases healthier) than relying on take-out and ready-made meals constantly. By the way, if your cookery is worn and lacking, check out our roundup of kitchen gadgets that are equal parts practical and quirky.
Now over to you…
Do you have a go-to cookbook for fall (or any season)? Share your recommendations with us in the comments.