Whether you’re a seasoned professional in the kitchen, or just learning the basics of food prep, having a decent set of cook books is essential. From the best street food recipes to wow your friends, to top tips and tricks for mastering unique cooking styles, the best cook books for men have recipes designed to impress, those designed for speed, and techniques to dazzle – often with minimal effort.
Struggling to find something to cook? Check out our top 10 picks for the best cook books every man needs. You might just be surprised by some of the titles to be featured!
Our Top Picks Of The Best Cook Books Every Man Needs
1. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat like You Give a F*ck
Written by Thug Kitchen and landing the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat like You Give a F*ck, certainly doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to a cook book designed to amuse and entertain (as well as teach you how to make some delicious food).
As you might have picked up from the title of this bestseller, this cook book is for those that want an entertaining introduction to the world of cooking. Not getting enough vegetables in your diet? This intriguing cook book is as lighthearted as it is instructive, introducing readers to the world of vegetables with a unique kind of enthusiasm.
From delectable snacks to intriguing takes on classic dishes, like the amusing cauliflower tacos, there’s a little something for everyone in Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat like You Give a F*ck. Even if cooking doesn’t turn out to be your thing, this laugh-out-loud title makes for a great comical read!
2. Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling
Serving up a delicious feast doesn’t have to mean slaving away over a hot stove for hours at a time, with this cook book, it can mean grilling up a storm. Written by Jamie Purviance, Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling, does what it says in the title – give you a helping hand going from grilling novice to a true expert on the grill.
The book is packed full of tips, not only focusing on the lip-smacking recipes but also providing proper instruction on how to master the art of grilling once and for all. From delicious sauces to diverse seasoning tips and plenty of information about what makes each grilling technique so good, this is the perfect cook book for any wannabe grilling master out there.
3. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
Pot recipes are all the rage, and with this handy cook book, you get a fantastic introduction to some classic foolproof recipes. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook has already proved to be a massive hit for kitchen novices and seasoned experts alike, reaching best-selling status and really turning heads.
Written by Coco Morante, this cook book may not seem like the first point of call if you’re trying to wow guests, but one-pot dinners are certainly an art, not to mention extremely quick to prepare. With spins on the classics, surprising recipes that seem like they shouldn’t work in a slow cooker but somehow do, and a trip around the globe with some truly inspired recipes, this will definitely be a hit. Who said that single-pot dinners had to be boring?
4. Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals
If you like to get technical with your cooking, then this is undoubtedly the cook book for you. Written by authors Lisa Q. Fetterman, Meesha Halm, and Scott Peabody, Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals, provides you with some of the best tips and tricks for mastering the art of Sous Vide in your very own kitchen.
A modern cooking technique that can deliver some truly exceptional results, if you’re new to the kitchen this may not seem like the best place to start, but you may be surprised. The clear instructions and beautiful design of this cook book will give you a helping hand transforming the classic dishes, like roast turkey or even ice cream, with a modern twist that will deliver some tantalizing results!
5. The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild
Latest cooking techniques not right for you? Check out The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild, a true crash course in survival cooking. Written by Dave Canterbury, a New York Times Bestselling author, this outstanding guide is packed with information about hunting down your own food and then cooking up a storm.
This cookbook offers up a little of everything, proving to be an interesting read both for the exciting recipes, and for the interesting facts about edible plants and lessons on how to hunt for food. If you’re interested in outdoor survival and learning about new ways to get creative in the kitchen, or out of the kitchen in this case, this is truly a cook book you need to check out for yourself.
6. Meat: Everything You Need to Know
For anyone just starting out in the kitchen, there are few better cook books to give you a helping hand than this handy guide written by authors Pat LaFrieda and Carolynn Carreno. Meat: Everything You Need to Know, lives up to its name, giving you not just a crash course in cooking meat but all the information you need to cook most kinds of meat to absolute perfection.
This really is a cook book for meat-lovers, whether or not you’ve had any experience cooking much meat before. With an impressive 75+ recipes, you’ll learn how to find, prepare, and cook the best meat, whilst incorporating it into some beautiful dishes. From traditional recipes to insights from leading chefs, this cook book offers a wealth of information and some top recipes that really will impress.
7. The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who like to Eat Dirty
Another comical cook book addition, The Dude Diet: Clean(Ish) Food for People Who like to Eat Dirty, is both a recipe-packed cook book and a pretty amusing read. Whilst diet cook books are not in short supply, this entertaining read takes diets to a whole new level; teaching you the ins and outs of cooking your favorite foods and incorporating a healthy twist.
Written by Serena Wolf, you really can’t go far wrong with this witty yet informative cook book. Just learning how to cook? Not to worry, the recipes are easy to follow and quite delicious. Need to mix up your diet and incorporate some healthy foods? This cook book has you covered with some superb ways to eat healthy without compromising on taste. With 125 recipes and a great layout, this cook book is a true must-have.
8. The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
A classic title amongst top cook books, The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating, features recipes that sit somewhere between traditional and creative – a great choice for aspiring chefs! Written by Fergus Henderson, the concept of this cook book is all explained in the title, so don’t think the author is joking when they say nose to tail eating.
Recipes span from stuffed trotters to bone marrow salad, which, despite what you might think, are incredibly delicious. The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating draws you into the world of out-there cooking, providing you with all the tips you’ll need to cook well, but also a push in the direction of the creative side of cooking. If you find yourself stuck with a piece of meat you’ve not seen or cooked with before, this book most likely has a recipe for it!
9. Food Truck Road Trip–A Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Collected from the Best Street Food Vendors Coast to Coast
The Food Truck Road Trip cook book, written by Kin Pham, Philip Shen, and Terri Phillips, is a goliath of information about everyone’s favorite fast food – food truck cuisine. Some of the most delicious and innovative recipes have emerged from the humble food truck, and with this informative cook book, you get access to some of the best around.
The cook book is as diverse as you would expect from an accumulation of outstanding food truck recipes; there’s recipes that range from fried chicken and Thai tacos, to grape pizza. Not only does this cook book standout for the diversity of recipes, but also the places the recipes have come from. Food Truck Road Trip–A Cookbook, takes you on a tour to some of American’s greatest food truck destinations with more than 100 different recipes to explore.
10. The New Camp Cookbook: Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers, and Adventurers
There are some amazing recipes that you can master at home, but sometimes it pays to test out your cooking skills in a whole new setting. Written by Linda Ly, and photographed by Will Taylor, The New Camp Cookbook: Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers, and Adventurers, is a book that is as informative as it is beautiful. If there was any book that could inspire you to pack up some cooking gear and go camping, it’s this one!
Featured in multiple magazines and shows, from Times Magazine to Wine & Food, this cook book introduces you to the real world of outdoor cooking with stunning images and beautiful recipes that are designed to be cooked and enjoyed outside. From interesting takes on street food to some of the best steak you’ve ever tasted, this is a remarkable cook book that will be right at home in any cook book collection.