Five Cookbooks to Buy this Summer

If you love cooking, recipes, and eating, chances are you probably love cookbooks.  Despite the proliferation of online recipe sites and blogs, there is still something great about owning the physical book. Maybe it's about being able to hold it, maybe it's about the large format pictures, or maybe it's just an old-fashioned love for the form. There are a ton of great cookbooks coming out this summer, but if you're only going to invest in a few, it makes sense to diversify the topics. Check out these five recently released cookbooks, each with over 100 or more delicious recipes. There's something for the healthy baker, something for the organic food-lover, and something for the college cook.

1. Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Life's Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales Got to satisfy that sweet tooth but too worried about counting calories? This cookbook details desserts that are not only easy to bake but still maintain the fullest of flavors with the lowest of calories. Ranging from mini chocolate cakes with a peanut butter center to a how-to section on crusts like graham cracker and shortbread, this cookbook has it all when it comes to desserts.

2. Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy and Save the Planet - All on $5 a Day or Less Organic doesn't have to mean expensive, as this book clearly shows from how to use your freezer to save your produce to effective farmers' market shopping. This will also help you to streamline your meals while still saving money. Eat green while saving green!

3. Start Fresh: Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating Who says kids and babies can't have delicious meals cooked with the freshest of ingredients? Chef Tyler Florence believes it is entirely possible to cook for your kids with easy-to-make recipes with no fake or artificial items. Getting your kids to eat healthy and eat new foods can be a chore, but arming yourself with good recipes will make it a cinch. Start your kids eating healthy with this great selection of recipes.

4. EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals: 150 Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Love Meatless Mondays are quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. It's a great way to eat less saturated fat and reduce the risk of disease without having to go full-on-vegetarian. This cookbook is jam packed with healthy recipes that even the most cynical carnivore will love. Start out small by introducing whole grains and fruits and vegetables and move on to the big guys like tofu, which is a great source of lean protein. You can even get the same great flavors as meat if you barbecue your tofu or tempeh!

5. I Love Trader Joes College Cookbook: 150 Cheap and Easy Gourmet Recipes

You don't have to be a college student to learn how to convert affordable groceries into tasty meals. It's a skill everyone should develop. Trader Joe's is a great place to start out your shopping needs as they can equip you with many delicious ingredients. In no time you'll be making high quality meals like Indian Chana Masala or Pad Thai!

What are your favorite cookbooks?