Recipes are easy to find online, but there's something so satisfying about a real cookbook. Plus, as you explore and cook your way through the recipes inside, you can make notes and edit as you see fit. Here are some of my favorites:
100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: For the novice cook, this cookbook has tons of simple recipes that also are great for busy weeknights. Throw together a Kale Caesar salad to serve with some Marry Me Lasagna. Even a more experienced cook will find something she enjoys.
Colorado Collage: Published by the Junior League of Denver, the pages of this book are filled with unique recipes that make for impressive entertaining. My favorite recipe is the Chicken Enchiladas Suizas, but beware- it makes enough for a crowd!
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Ina Garten knows her stuff! I have a collection of her cookbooks, but this one in particular is one of my go-to publications. This book makes a great housewarming or wedding shower gift- tie a wooden spoon into the bow for a little extra "wow" factor.