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How to Get Free Cookbooks and Recipes

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
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Last week I wrote about “Cooking from Scratch to Save.” Of course, to cook from scratch you’ll probably need a cookbook and some recipes to get started. To avoid spending money on pricey cookbooks, here are some ways you can get free cookbooks and recipes!

Free Cookbooks

Like coupons, you can get free cookbooks by signing up with websites online. offers free cookbooks when you sign up on their website. also offers a wonderful selection of free cookbooks online. With cookbooks for various ethnic cuisines, appetizers, soups, salads and even diabetic cooking so there is sure to be something for everyone on You can choose to save the cookbook to your computer, print the entire cookbook, or print just the recipes you like.

You can also get free cookbook downloads on your Amazon Kindle or other eReader. Find a list of free cookbooks for Amazon Kindle here.

If you still can’t find the cookbook that’s right for you, remember to check your local library. You can always borrow cookbooks for free with your library card!

Free Recipes Online

The web offers a plethora of free recipes. You can usually find what you are looking for through any Google search, or you can sign up with sites such as to regularly receive free recipes. I have also found great free recipes on the following websites:


Free Recipes on Your Smartphone

Nowadays there really is an app for everything. If you are one of the many smartphone users out there, you can get tons of free recipes in the palm of your hand, literally. Cooking has never been easier than it is now with apps such as Cook’s Illustrated, Epicurious Recipes and Shopping Lists,, Jamie’s Recipes, and Whole Foods Market Recipes – all completely free. These apps offer everything from recipes to shopping lists to estimated meal preparation times. Apple also features an entire section of iPhone “apps for cooks” online.

With all the resources available today, there is no need to spend money on cookbooks and recipes. So, cooking from scratch can save you even more money!



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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.