April, 2012 Update: Unfortunately, some of these recipes and guides are no longer available for order or download. The text to all “dead” links are now crossed out. I apologize for any inconvenience.
We love cookbooks around here. In fact, there is always some sort of cookbook at the top of my daughter Audrey’s gift list. What is better than “a cookbook”? A *free* cookbook! And there are several free cookbooks currently available from various sources online – some mail order, and some in space-saving downloadable PDF format.
Most of the following recipe books do not appeal to me personally (as a vegetarian), but these two are the exception. The Vitalita Culinary Group has produced two free, original, on-line, vegan cookbooks (vegetarian/non-dairy e-cookbooks): A Taste of Vitality and Desserts of Vitality.
Over 90% of the recipes contained in these books are gluten free (no wheat, spelt, kamut, oats, barley, rye, etc.), and are therefore suitable for a person with celiac disease or a person (such as many on the autism spectrum) on a non-gluten diet. Many of the recipes are low-fat, and all recipes are nutrient dense. At this point, these two cookbooks contain over 150 original vegan recipes.
* Note: While the above cookbooks are available for free download, they are presented as shareware and a $10 contribution is suggested to benefit Vegan Outreach.
Merck and Go Red for Women from the American Heart Association are giving away free cookbooks to promote healthy eating. Just go here and play the Heart Smarts Challenge game. Once you earn 250 points and you can request the free cookbook. March, 2013 Update: It appears that this site no longer exists.
has the following meal-planning publications available for free download:
NOTE – While the following are all now dead links, there are lots of recipes available on the California Walnuts website.
Smart Menus with California Walnuts:
A collection of five recipes developed to showcase the versatility and great taste of California Walnuts. Walnuts Winning Recipes:
A collection of healthy recipes from the six finalists of the I Love Walnuts! Recipe Contest Walnuts for Wellness:
A collection of six recipes featuring Dr. Andrew Weil’s favorite appetizers, snacks and entrees made with California Walnuts. Walnut Wheel:
Sensational walnut menus start here. Use this wheel to help you create innovative and tasty walnut dishes!
Bush’s Baked Beans
has a What to Grill Guide available for free download, providing unique recipes and menu suggestions to make the most of your next grilling occasion. Free PDF honey recipe booklets from Rowse Honey.
Omaha Steaks is offering their 2009 cookbook, Omaha Steaks Great Gathering Guide & Cookbook, both for free download or mail order.
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Romance writer Roxanne Rustand is offering a free download of the cookbook Cooking by the Book, which contains a collection of recipes by two dozen authors. A free gift from The California Olive Committee – a free recipe book featuring California ripe olives. Click here to download a free recipe book, containing 15 recipes from Eagle Brand Foods. SeaPak is offering a free downloadable shrimp recipe book. The folks at Campbell’s are helping us survive the current economic crisis by offering a free Budget Friendly Meals cookbook, as well as a $1 off coupon. (And while you’re there, be sure to check out their collection of St. Patrick’s Day recipes.) California Raisins – Click here to sign up for your free California Raisins recipe book.
Homemade Holiday Cookies: free printable cookie cookbook from allrecipes – with recipes, tips and lavish color photographs
Sign up for these free Sun-Maid Recipe Booklets:
Recipes for Healthier Eating
- The New Taste of Tradition
- Fruit & Sunshine Recipes
- Family Favorite Recipes
FREE Cookbook: Gooseberry Patch Fall Favorites with Sun-Maid Raisins & Dried Fruit.
Download free snack brochure with recipes: 7 Days 7 Ways from the National Honey Board
Frontier Soups – free Dinner in Eight…Hours crock-pot cookbook.
Free recipe pamphlets using NO YOLKS & WACKY MAC. Free Extended Wine Pairing & Tip Guide from Impromptu Gourmet Free Copy of the HSUS Guide to Vegetarian Eating – packed with mouth-watering recipes and the hows and whys of making the transition to vegetarian eating.
Earthbound Farm Organic Products – obtain a free recipe brochure, featuring 8 recipes from Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook.
Free Recipe Booklet from Kitchen Basics – Fill out this form to receive the colorful recipe booklet Cooking with Stock, with 50 great recipes.
(Almost) Free Cookbooks from Athens Phyllo Dough: Athens Phyllo Dough is offering three different “free” cookbooks (not completely free because you have to pay for “shipping and handling”):
- Athens® Mini Fillo Shell Fillings Recipe Book
Featuring more than 60 quick and easy recipes and color photos, the new Mini Fillo Shell Fillings Recipe Book shows how to create scrumptious hot and cold appetizers and delicious desserts using Athens Mini Fillo Shells.
$2.99 for shipping and handling.
- Athens® Fillo Dough Recipe Book
Celebrated chefs across the country share their best ideas for using Athens Fillo Dough to create appetizers, desserts and entrees in this 100-page recipe book. Athens Award-Winning Fillo Recipes contains beautiful, full-color photos, helpful directions and creative ideas for fillo dishes.
$2.99 for shipping and handling.
- Krinos Greek Gourmet Cookbook
Krinos, North America’s #1 importer of Mediterranean foods, invites you to explore more about authentic Greek cooking. Krinos Greek Gourmet Cookbook is 100 full-color pages of authentic Greek recipes.
$4.00 for shipping and handling per book.
As a way if saying “thanks” for visiting their website, HealthRecipes.com is offering several free cookbook downloads. They include:
- Italian Recipes
- Low Fat Recipes
- Chinese Recipes
- Crock Pot Recipes
- Mexican Recipes
- Salad Recipes
- Diabetic Recipes
- Soup Recipes
Free download of recipes from Oregon: Oregon Bounty Recipes – A Collection of Autumn Inspired Dishes From Some of Oregon’s Top Chefs Free! From Hidden Valley Ranch – Download your free Original Bites Cookbook here.
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The Prepared Pantry, a family-owned company which sells baking mixes, kitchen tools, baking ingredients, and gourmet foods, is your one-stop destination when it comes to baking “how-tos”. Not only do they offer a free 250-page baking reference book, they have an entire list of free baking guides and recipe collections, including:
- Everything You NEED to Know About Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Wonderful World of Gingerbread
- Favorite Holiday Recipes: The Best Recipes for Special Occasions
- The Foods of Summer
- A Baker’s Guide to Chocolate
- The Perfect Pancake: A Pancake for Every Occassion
- Biscuits & Shortcakes Guide
- The Pumpkin Baking Guide
- Everything You Need to Know to Make a Bag Lunch
- How to Make Rice Krispies® Treats: A Baking Guide
- Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z
- The Perfect Pie: A Pie Lover’s Handbook
- A Baker’s Cookie Guide
- Emergency and Outdoor Bread Manual
- Baking Ingredients and How They Work
- Baking with Kids: Cupcakes, Cookies, and a Grandfather’s Advice
- A Handbook for Making Monkey Bread
- A Handbook for Roast Chicken
- 12 Things that You can Make with a Mini Bundt Pan
- The Pocket Sandwich and Piroshki Recipe Guide
- How to Make a Great Hamburger
- Classic Chicken Recipe Collection
- Dried Fruits Recipe Collection
- The Smoothie Collection
- The Pizza and Calzone Collection
- The White Pizza Collection
- The Cream Pie Collection
- The Omelet Collection
- The Angel Food Cake Collection
- A Collection of Muffin Recipes
- Easy Pannekoeken Guide
- Five Easy Steps to a Food Storage Plan
- How to Make Dinner Rolls
- Muffin Top Guide
- The Biscuit Recipe Collection
- A Collection of Bread Recipes
- A Collection of Fruit Pie Recipes
- Holiday Salad Recipes
- How to Make Braided Bread
- Pannekoeken & Popover Guide
- The No-Bake Cookie Guide
- Brown Betty Recipe Collection
- A Sampler of Chocolate Recipes
- How to Make Aebleskiver
- Monkey Bread & Other Sweet Breads Guide
- Nothing But Potato Salads Recipe Collection
- Omelet & Frittata Recipe Collection
Definitely a site worth checking out!
Free Online Cookbook from Gold Medal Whole Wheat
Love Thai food as much as I do? I was pleased to find this wonderful collection of downloadable cookbooks from A Taste of Thai: