Advice & Planning

The Weekly Love List: Must-Have Cookbooks for Your Wedding Registry

Each week, we ask the our D Weddings editors to share their current crushes—from skincare regimes, honeymoon destinations, or registry must-haves. Consider “The Weekly Love List” your D Weddings editor-approved wish list for before, during, and after wedding day.

Dinner at the Long Table

by Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn with Scarlett Lindeman

“It’s easy, accessible, and goes a step further than other cookbooks. It formulates an entire menu to follow by season, from a small dinner party to a larger-scale party. It will make you look like the host with the most.”

—Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

by Ina Garten

“I don’t cook, but my mom gives me a new cookbook every year in the hopes that I’ll get into it. The one that I like to look at and think about cooking the most is this Foolproof by Ina Garten. I love how Ina, in all her warmth and purple scarf-ness, is taking up so much of the cover. If I were to ever cook one of the recipes, it would definitely be the jalapeno cheddar crackers.”

—Caitlin Clark

It’s All Good

by Gwyneth Paltrow

“I must admit, I purchased this cookbook for the aesthetics and aspirational lifestyle represented before considering the recipes. While I agree Gwyneth tends to create some maddening grocery lists, approachable recipes like the best green juice, turkey meatballs, and spicy sweet potato soup have become mainstays in my weekly menu. It’s a strong health-conscious recipe encyclopedia to have on hand—but maybe not live by daily.”

—Mary McMullen Welch

Talk About Good

by Louisana Lafayette Junior League

“I grew up in Baton Rouge and, like any good Cajun girl, love me some gumbo, hushpuppies, and crawfish etouffee. This cookbook is a staple in Louisiana kitchens, and my mom gave me my own copy when I got my first apartment. (It started as a fundraiser for the Junior League of Lafayette in 1967 and has been through 30 editions and sold over 800,000 copies.)”

—Jessica Otte

Weelicious

by Catherine McCord

“For some #truth, lately this cookbook feels more relevant. As most mothers of toddlers can attest, getting your kiddo to eat anything besides mac and cheese can be a chore. A friend recommended this book to help give me ideas on creative ways to expand my toddler’s palette with meals my husband and I will actually want to eat, too. I haven’t cracked it open yet, but fingers crossed it works as well for us as it did my friend.”

—Jessica Otte

Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking

by Charity Ferreira and Dana Jacobi

“I’ll admit that I also don’t cook that much, but I do love the Williams Sonoma Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking cookbook. It was probably the first ‘grown-up’ cookbook I bought myself. I love Mediterranean food, and this book begins with an overview of all the regions it covers: Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa.”

—Sarah Bennett

 

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