If you have been watching Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show, you are probably wondering where she gets all of her delicious recipes. It turns out that she takes them from various cookbooks. We have gathered a list of her favorite featured cookbooks here.
The ‘Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks’ by Ina Garten are Jennifer Garner’s go-to cookbooks
The Love, Simon star uses many of Ina Garten’s cookbooks. Her latest recommendation is Cooking for Jeffrey — which is a compilation of comforting meals Garten made for her husband (Jeffrey). Garner recommends the roasted salmon tacos, the veggie soup, the maple carrots, vanilla pound cake, and of course, the skillet roasted lemon chicken.
Garner also loves Garten’s Barefoot Parties cookbook. Her favorite recipe from this book is the Chicken Chili that she loves to make as a super bowl snack to feed a crowd. Sometimes, she takes Garten’s recipes straight from Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network, such as Mae’s Sweet Potato Pudding.
Jennifer Garner raves about the ‘Huckleberry Cookbook’
While Garner loves her Contessa Cookbooks, she has another lesser-known go-to — the Huckleberry Cookbook. The author of the book is Zoe Nathan, owner of the local Santa Monica, California bakery and cafe, which is also named Huckleberry.
From this cookbook, Garner’s favorites include English muffins as well as raspberry preserves. She has videos for both on her Instagram account.
“It is easy to make and heaven to serve, summertime tastes like a berry preserve,” Garner captioned the jam recipe. “Kids home from camp with bellies to feed, a wee bit of time is all that you need.”
Garner often channels Martha Stewart
The 13 Going on 30 actress also has her go-to Martha Stewart recipes. Her favorite is the roast lemon chicken that she has been making for years.
You can dress it up (homemade stock) or make it in a hurry (broth from a box—don’t tell @inagarten!), whatever you do, this recipe is a sure thing,” Garner explains in the caption of her video.
She has spent time cooking with Stewart, making various recipes live.
‘The Bread Bible’ from Real Baking With Rose is a must-have
Garner makes a gorgeous 10-grain bread from The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum and uses it as one of her best cookbooks. Another favorite is the chocolate bread that the actress enjoys making in the winter for her children before school.
“This recipe isn’t crazy sweet and, with a good swish of peanut butter, is just the thing for my early rising middle schooler,” Garner writes with the video.
Jennifer Garner’s honorable mentions
The actress uses so many cookbooks that it’s hard to name them all. In addition to her favorites, she also uses Melissa Clark’s NYT Recipe Box, Alton Brown, Taste of Home, and All Recipes — to name a few.