Trying to come up with a compelling name for your independent cookbook, but can’t find anything that sticks? We’ve interviewed folks of all sorts of backgrounds that have written and published their own cookbooks. From restaurant owners to passionate home chefs that have built a following on Instagram, if your goal is to publish a guide filled with your favorite recipes it’s a reality now more than ever.
Thanks to the rise of independent publishing options you don’t even need a big publisher to help you get it to print. Best of all there’s a growing market for cookbooks.
According to a report from the NDP Group, cookbook sales increased by 21% last year. It seems that cooking blogs and the internet haven’t taken a bite into consumer interest in this type of publication just yet.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect name for your cookbook, not to worry. We’ve got a list of 147 creative titles you could use or adapt for your own guide. We even organized these ideas by theme so you can quickly navigate to the specialty that makes the most sense.
Always make sure to choose conduct your due diligence that includes searching the internet and Amazon.com to ensure no one has taken your title already.
Table of Contents:
- BBQ Cookbook Titles
- Vegetarian Ideas
- Italian Ideas
- Mexican Ideas
- Asian Food Titles
- Baking Names
- Family Ideas
- General / All Purpose
- Cooking Up a Name That Sells
BBQ Cookbook Titles:
- Smoked Everything
- The Butcher Turned Smoker
- The Dude Guide to BBQ
- The Modern Woman’s Meat Guide
- Ribs, Brisket and Everything Else
- Slow and Tangy
- The Fine Art of Backyard Grilling
- Cheap Meats For Expensive Tastes
- Baby Back Recipes and Rubs
- DIY Guide: How to Make Artisan BBQ Sauces
- Local BBQ: Your Guide to Cooking Like a Local from Kansas City to Memphis
- KC Style BBQ Tutorials
- Memphis-Style Barbecue for Beginners
- Brisket Changed My Life
- Be The Best Griller on Your Block
- Rockstar BBQ
- Flying Brisket and Unforgettable Sides
- Meatless Gourmet
- Easy Plant-Based Dinners at Home
- Super Salads For All Seasons
- Veggie Delights for Every Night of the Week
- Undercover Vegan Chef
- 500 Mouthwatering Vegetarian Desserts
- Veggie Burgers For Meat Eaters
- Recipes from My Home Garden
- Dang! I Can’t Believe There’s Not Meat.
- Sustainable Living with Modern Meals
- The Mommy Guide to Cooking Vegetarian
- How to Get Kids to Enjoy Vegetarian
- Plant-Based Meals in under 30 Minutes
- Meatless Mission
- Carrots, Lettuce and Other Good Things
- Recipes From The Humble Garden
- Vegetarian Tacos and Burritos That Taste Great
- Main Course Cauliflower: How to Feature This Food.
- The Vietnamese Vegan
- Baby Greens: Introducing Your Infant to Vegan From the Start
- Forget About It Cooking
- My Italian Mother’s Kitchen
- Straight Outta Italy
- The Premium Pizza Guide
- Roman Eating for Modern Times
- Secrets of an Italian Restauranteur
- Red Wine and Meatballs
- Pasta with a Big Bottle of Red
- Red Sauce and White Wines
- Hearty Italian Meals in Under 15 Minutes
- The Fine Art of Sausage Sandwiches
- Grandmother’s Forgotten Italian Meals
- Louie’s Lasagna Secrets
- Five Course Italian Meals for Celebrations
- The Italian Wedding: From Soups to Spaghettis
- Italian Catering for Groups of 30 or More
- Italian Fusion: How to Pair Timeless Italian Food with Innovative Flavors
- The Brick Pizza Oven Cooking Guide
- Jose’s Family Cookbook and Recipes
- 101 Grande Recipes from Mexico
- The Ultimate Guide to Tex Mex
- Southern California Tacos and Burritos
- Alvarado’s Mexican Food Road Trip
- The Ultimate Nacho Textbook
- Unforgettable Tastes from South of the Border
- 227 Salsas You Can Make at Home
- Master the Art of Guacamole
- How to Shop Smart and Save at Mexican Grocery Stores
- Low-Calorie Mexican Alternatives with All The Taste
- Beans and Rice: How to Spice Up Your Dinner Time
- Forgotten Salsa Recipes for Everyday
- Southwest Inspired Burritos at Home
- Taco Tuesday, Wednesday and Every Other Day of the Week
- Carne Asada and Ways to Prepare Mexican Meats
- Authentic Mexican Meals That Will Make Grandma Proud
- Gourmet Mexican Meals for Special Occasions
- Cerveza Fresa and Margarita Recipes
- Lime & Salt: Modern Mexican Drinks for Entertaining
- The Not Too Spicy Mexican Meals
- Breakfast Burrito Heaven
Asian Food Titles:
- Asian Fusion: How to Mix Asian Flavors with Surprising Foods
- Kung Poa Nation
- Ramen Rising: The Guide to Cooking Restaurant Quality Noodles
- Pad Thai Party: How to Throw a Party in Your Mouth
- Chinese on the Cheap: How to Make Affordable Asian-Inspired Recipes
- Vietnamese Sandwiches for the Refined Palette
- Oodles of Noodles from Thailand to China
- Asian Inspiration from the Kitchen for Your Soul
- Cooking from Korea: The Ultimate Resource
- Food From My Travels: Traveling Asia to Discover New Flavors
- Thai Chef: Everything You Need to Know
- Tasting Japan and Taking It Home.
Related Reading: Writing a Cookbook While Running a Restaurant
- The Bun is in The Oven and the Bread is in The Pan.
- Expert Secrets: The Guide to Becoming a Master Baker
- The Novice Guide to Baking Your Own Bread
- The Uncut Loaf: How to Bake Better Breads
- Don’t Lie… You’ll Love Making Rye!
- The Bread Group: How to Cook Pastas, Breads, and More
- The Culinary Cupcake: The Master’s Handbook
- Cakes and Frosting’s That Everyone Will Devour
- Timeless Baking Tips for the Modern Woman
- Men Can Bake Too! A Guide for The Man in Your Life
- Inspirational Baking: How Your Baked Goods can Do More Good.
- Blue Ribbon Baking: Recipes from an Award-Winning Baker
- The Baker’s Dozen: Bulk Baking for Big Events
- The Small Batch Baker
- Old Country Baking for Modern Times
- Muffin Sandwiches with Mix and Match Toppings
- Healthy Start: Breakfasts that Dads and the Kids Will Love
- Cooking While Pregnant. Meals that Nurture Your Little Ones.
- Mastering The Family Picnic without the Stress
- Ready-Serve Sandwiches that Aren’t Boring
- Meals-O-Plenty: Meals for All Sorts of Situations
- Encouraging Kids to Cook in The Kitchen
- American Comfort Food for the 21st Century Family
- Daddy’s Comfort Food For Weekends
- Top Secret Recipes of Super Moms Around the World
- Second Shift Cooking: How to Make Memorable Meals after Work
- Meal Prep Mania: How to Prepare Foods in Advance For Your Growing Family
- Timeless Freezer Foods That Last for Months
- Never Eat Out Again. Great Meals for Real Families.
- Dinner in a Pinch. Food You Can Make on the Fly.
General / All Purpose:
- Starter Recipes for Couples Just Starting Out
- The $7 or Less Gourmet Meal Deal
- Cooking For The Joy of It
- Home Cooking without a Culinary Degree
- Stop Eating Out: Restaurant Meals You Can Easily Make at Home
- Burn Everything? The Simplest and Best Recipes of All Time.
- California Flavors For Summertime Fun
- Soups to Savor and Other Good Things
- Fast Food That Ain’t Bad Food
- Lazy Day Gourmet: You Don’t Need to Sweat to Make a Great Meal
- Cooking on the Flat Top: Creative Ideas
- Fantastic Appetizers for All Occasions
- Remembering America: The Most Popular Recipes from 1945 – 1965
- Culinary Canadians: Recipes from the Top Chefs of Our Nation
- This is Everything: How to Cook Just about Anything
- Bologna: Sandwiches, Stews, and Salads You Can Make with this Fantastic Meat
- Stepping Up Your Kitchen Game
- The Petite Chef with Big Flavor
- Cookin’ without Culinary School
- Instagram Worthy Meals Cooked at Home
We hope this post has given you inspiration for the title of your next cookbook, no matter food concept you’ve got in mind.
Cooking Up a Name that Sells
There are a couple recommended guidelines that apply to creators that hope to sell a lot of copies of their cookbook. The primary tip is to make a niche cookbook that speaks directly to a specific market.
A good example of this is Daniel Walker’s Against All Grains that shares grain-free recipes for people with specific diets. This may seem like a narrow topic, but Walker’s publisher had a reported 200,000 copies produced in anticipation of the hit book. If you have an angle for your cooking guide that isn’t available anywhere else, it can bolster sales.
One common approach to identifying a unique cookbook idea is to draw from personal experience. Did you grow up in a rural or unique area of the country with unique recipes? Have you traveled and discovered flavors that aren’t popular in the United States? Did your grandmother have a pie recipe that’s to die for? Do you have any dietary restrictions or food groups you can’t eat? These can all server as inspiration for the next great cookbook.
Remember, you don’t need to be a globally recognized chef these days to produce a hardcover book with professional-level photography. Anyone with the desire and a unique book idea can create a high-quality publication thanks to print on demand and technology advances.