Climbing the corporate ladder as a young woman is no easy task.

What’s even more challenging is whipping up a tasty meal after working 40+ hours a week, maintaining relationships, staying in shape, getting at least eight hours of sleep and remembering to drink more water than caffeine. However, this is just a day-in-the-life for most of us.

For those of us trying to stray from their microwave, I searched far and wide to compile a list of (what I think) are the most useful cookbooks for 20-something working gals.

The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book: 300 Great Recipes You Can’t Mess Up! – $15.23

Does your toast never come out “just right”?

The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book gives readers a run-down of all the cooking basics so you’ll be comfortable in the kitchen in no time. The best part? It includes a 4-chapter appendix that breaks down common cooking terms, conversion charts, kitchen tools and how to cook various veggies.

This 300-recipe cookbook is great for culinary first-timers and rates recipes on a scale of “easy” “medium” and “hard” so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you get started!

Dinners on a Dime – $1.99

This may advertise itself as a family cookbook, but I see it as a way for roommates to join forces and cut costs on weekly groceries.

With over 200 recipes and a thrifty price of $1.99, Dinners on a Dime offers a wide selection of hearty, satisfying dishes from main courses and seasoning mixes to appetizers, sandwiches and sides.

Do your friends call you the Thrifty Gordon Ramsay? You can register online and submit your best recipe for a chance to be featured in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook!

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat – $21.09

It’s no secret that Chrissy Teigen has a fiery personality, but she also has a cookbook to match.

My personal fav on the list, Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat has delicious recipes and entertaining instructions to go with them. It’s like having Chrissy read them to you herself. From bomb breakfasts to simple “Sh*t on Toast”, whipping up something from Cravings will surely impress your family and friends. Just do me a favor and make yourself the chorizo queso. You won’t be disappointed.

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? – $10.90

The back of this book says it best – “Life’s tough, but dinner doesn’t have to be.”

Amen to that, Zach Golden. What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner is perfect for choosing meals on your high-stress days and ideal for those who are indecisive. It’s even better if you’re like me and still think cuss words are funny.

Snag a copy on Amazon Prime to add some satire to your cookbook collection.

Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now – $11.99

We all love Tasty’s Facebook videos, so why not own them in cookbook form?

Tasty Latest and Greatest has a mix of recipes for when you want to treat yourself or be a health nut, offering a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. It even has “On Trend” and “Best Ever” chapters so you can channel your inner Millennial and try that viral recipe you saw on your Facebook feed two weeks ago.

Whip It Up!: Over 75 Fast, Fun and Easy Recipes – $19.38

If just the thought of preheating the oven makes you groan, Whip It Up! is the ideal cookbook for you.

Billy Green aims to entertain readers and get them excited about cooking from the get-go, saying “…let’s turn on some music, get in the kitchen, twerk a little, and make some magic happen.”

If that doesn’t excite you, his recipes are sure to do the trick. How can you say “no” to a cookbook that has drool-worthy ideas like baked peanut butter cup donuts and butternut squash with chorizo shells?

Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook – $35

We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but how do you see this beauty and not think “this cookbook is everything I never knew I needed”?

Not only does Cherry Bombe have the perfect aesthetic, it’s also filled with recipes and stories from the best foodie girl-bosses like Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss and Melissa Clark. What’s not to love?

Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World – $19.99

The title says it all.

Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World cuts us all a break by ensuring all 200 recipes have no more than four steps and use a maximum of six ingredients. Simple also has a great recipe-to-photo ratio of 1:5, meaning there are over 1,000 pictures to help guide you along the way.

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck – $14.89

Vegans get a bad rap, but Thug Kitchen is here to show us all that eating vegetables is cool.

Thug Kitchen mentions a statistic from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which states the average American eats 270 pounds a meat a year. The maximum recommended protein consumption is 125 pounds a year, so this cookbook is here to teach us ways to incorporate plant protein and live an overall healthier lifestyle.

If you like what you see, you can also snag copies of the follow-up books Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers and Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck.

Cocktails with Benefits – $14.95

cocktails with benefits

Although this one doesn’t contain any food, I think it’s equally important for the working gal who also balances a hectic social life.

Cocktails with Benefits takes the guilt out of unwinding after work and will help you impress your FTFs with boujee, yet easy, nutritious elixirs. Say goodbye to refined sugar and hello to alcohol with a health-kick. This book is sure to make $2 wells a thing of your past.


Did your fav make the cut? Comment below to share your go-to cookbook with the FTF community!


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I’m Alexis and I'm fluent in English and memes. When I'm not on the 9-5 grind as an account coordinator I usually think about working out, but end up at the nearest happy hour instead. I graduated with a degree in strategic communications and am always looking for ways to improve as a newly professional #millennial. Once I settle down, my goal is to establish a career that is flexible so I can double as foster mom for my local animal shelter. Until then, I'll be taking weekend trips and going the extra mile for a good Insta.