5 Authors Of Cookbooks That Can Make Nights In More Memorable

No matter what level of skill you possess as a home chef, it's easy to slip into familiar routines and allow your repertoire to become stagnant. Cookbooks offer not only recipes that allow you to introduce new dishes to Sunday dinner, but also new styles, techniques, and flavors that can spice up your whole approach in the kitchen. In no particular order, this list explores authors of cookbooks fit to inspire any amateur chef.

First up, at #1, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is a cookbook author as well as a spokesperson, TV host, food stylist, and blogger. Born and raised in Brazil, she did most of her training at well-known New York restaurants such as Le Cirque 2000 and La Grenouille. Observing a gap in the editorial market for cookbooks on Brazil, she eventually headed to the International Culinary Center to study journalism.

In her book The Brazilian Kitchen, Moreinos Schwartz offers 100 recipes spanning her home country's diverse regions and its famous international offerings. Meanwhile, in Latin Superfoods, the author spotlights dishes that show readers how to take control of their lives through a healthy lifestyle, without sacrificing flavor.

For #2, we have Roger Mooking. He's a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television host, author, and musical recording artist. Perhaps best known as the host of grilling and barbecue show Man Fire Food on Cooking Channel, the Trinidad-born, Canada-raised chef is also the founder of Twist, a restaurant that mixes North American comfort foods with global flavors.

Following the success of his television series Everyday Exotic, Mooking published a cookbook that shares recipes from fifty-two of his favorite episodes. With each entry focused on an individual ingredient, the chef attempts to demystify supposedly exotic flavors and aromas.

#3 on our list is Audrey Roberts, proprietor of the food blog Mama Knows Gluten Free. A mother of four living in Eastern Tennessee, Roberts grew up eating cuisine all over the world as an Air Force brat, and spent ten years working in restaurants. After converting to a gluten-free diet due to health problems, she began developing and sharing recipes that allow her to maintain her lifestyle while pursuing her love for food.

The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, Roberts' first work as an author, was an Amazon bestseller. With more than 300 recipes, the book compiles easy substitutions and some creative cooking techniques that help people who suffer from celiac disease and food sensitivity to enjoy the dishes they love.

For #4 we have April Anderson, a.k.a. Girl Gone Gourmet. Since 2009, she's been sharing recipes on her blog, some of which have gone on to be featured in outlets like Buzzfeed, Country Living, and Self. Based in Wyoming, the self-trained home cook specializes in comfort food that feels upscale without requiring more than simple and accessible ingredients.

In Gourmet Cooking for One or Two, Anderson focuses on meals for anyone who wants to cook for themselves but doesn't want to be stuck with leftovers cluttering up the refrigerator. The selection spans updated classics, 30-minute single-serving dinners, and simple one-pan recipes that can be made any night of the week.

Concluding our list at #5, John Schlimm is an educator, artist, advocate, and international award-winning author of myriad books. His writing covers a wide range of topics and genres, including dogs, inspirational memoirs, cooking and entertaining, activism, history, how-to's, and essays.

As a cookbook author, Schlimm has primarily assembled volumes focused on vegan foods, as well as dishes made or best served with beer. He brings both of these interests together in The Tipsy Vegan, which showcases plant-based recipes that make use of favorite bar ingredients.