The Meal Planners & Cookbooks That Will Keep You On Task In January

While January is the time of resolutions, we are pretty much always resolving to be better about cooking. From easy recipes to grocery hacks, we are forever looking for ways to build a better (and more efficient) meal. Sometimes, that can mean buying the right tools, but really committing to a new cooking routine requires some inspiration when it comes to the food as well.

A successful food resolution, whether its packing your lunch every day, saving on dinners out, or getting more comfortable in the kitchen, requires planning. And this is where one of our favorite resources come in: a good book (or notebook). And not just any old one: the kind that you can keep coming back to week after week for new meals, tips, and tricks.

Ahead, 11 cookbooks and meal planners that not only give you recipes, they give you guidance and help you organize your life around whatever your resolution maybe. And, most importantly, it will get you cooking in January – and all year long.

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A resolution we're always making: Love our work lunch just a little bit more.

Hardie Grant Love Your Lunches: Vibrant & Healthy Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day, $11.09, available at Amazon.
Technically for families with kids, strategies and recipes are great for adults-only households as well. (And will guarantee you get leftovers if you're only cooking for 1-2. Even better!) The 30-day plan is a sort of "boot camp" for busy people stuck in a meal rut, and a great way to kick of 2018.

Ballantine Books Dinner: The Playbook, $14.51, available at Amazon.
Not all make-ahead techniques are for every one. The editors at America's Test Kitchen have broken down eight common strategies (slow cooker, Sunday prep, etc), and included 150 recipes and grocery lists. Not sure which method is best for you? Give them all a try.

America's Test Kitchen The Make-Ahead Cook, $20.23, available at Amazon.
Or if you really want to avoid any repeats, go with 365 full days of new salad recipes.

Williams-Sonoma Salad Of The Day, $20.87, available at Amazon.
Get a little bit more down to the nitty-gritty with this weekly meal planner pad, allowing you to write down all three meals plus a "grab bag" section for snacks or quick substitutes to keep on hand in case dinner plans fall through.

Knock Knock What To Eat Pad, $6.30, available at Amazon.
Ruth Reichl, the longtime editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, "disappeared into the kitchen" when the magazine was shuttered in 2009. The 136 recipes that resulted are both a roadmap of the seasons as well as Reichl's own internal life. Expect to be inspired by her engrossing description of food as much as by the recipes as you launch your own new "kitchen year."

Random House My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, $19.89, available at Amazon.
A pocket-sized organizer, one side is a notepad for what you're cooking, and the other half is a grocery list. It's just the basics for keeping meal-planning simple.

Elum Weekly Eats Meal Planner, $12, available at Anthropologie.
Now that you've finally wrestled the Instant Pot someone gave you for Christmas out of its box, its time to launch in with 75 comfort food recipes perfect for the depths of winter.

Ten Speed Press The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook, $12.07, available at Amazon.
An easier way to try new things in the kitchen? Try lots of new wine, and capture the good (and the bad) in a wine journal.

Moleskin Passions Wine Journal, $7.98, available at Barnes & Noble.
Sometimes, though, we just need a cookbook that gets straight to the point.

Running Press What The F*@# Should I Make For Dinner?, $13.21, available at Amazon.
With 350 easy dinner recipes, that's close to a year of meals in less than 30 minutes, no repeats.

Real Simple Dinner Made Simple, $16.96, available at Amazon.
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