A Guide to Selecting an Air Fryer Cookbook
Studies have shown that exposing cooking oils to high temperatures creates compounds called aldehydes and acrolein, which can cause cancer. In addition, deep-fried foods like French fries or fried chicken may be tasty, but they’re high in fat and empty calories. An air fryer is able to recreate your favorite fried foods while using little to no added oil. But you may find that you have run out of ideas about what to do with your air fryer. For that reason, there is a wealth of air fryer cookbooks, that help you unlock more of the options available when you purchase an air fryer!
We’ll examine some of the more popular air fryer cookbooks. Air fryer cookbooks can contain over 1000 recipes, ranging from beginner-level to advanced difficulty. (They can give you enough ideas to never cook the same thing for an entire year!) Also, there are cookbooks that limit each recipe to only a few common ingredients. Some consist of only text, while others give illustrations along with step-by-step instructions. And very often, you have the choice of purchasing a hard copy of a cookbook or just settling for a Kindle version. Let’s see what we can accomplish with an air fryer!
Why should I get a special cookbook for my air fryer?
If you like variety, then getting an air fryer cookbook should be high on your list. An air fryer cookbook will give you access to a multitude of recipes that have already been perfected by experienced chefs. You'll also learn about different foods and ingredients that work well in the air fryer, about different techniques to get the perfect results every time, and you'll be able to experiment with new flavors and cuisines. It’s a great way to enjoy healthy, low-fat variations of fried favorites!
Types of Air Fryer Cookbooks
Looking at the Best Reviews Guide list of the most popular air fryer cookbooks, we see that most of them profess to be beginner-level, or involve enough complexity that they advance from beginner-to-intermediate level:
Beginner-level: One cookbook that stands out for its simple recipes is The Ultimate Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners: 1800 Days Foolproof 5-Ingredient Affordable Recipes for Healthy Eating Everyday by Francesca Giles. As the subtitle says, each recipe is limited to only 5 main ingredients, which is excellent for someone who wants to prepare something simple, and quick. The instructions are clear and concise, with bulleted lists giving directions.
The Ultimate Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners
Intermediate-level: Although the title advertises that it’s a beginner’s book, customers say that The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook For Beginners 2023: 1001 Days Healthy, Effortless & Mouthwatering Air Fryer Recipes by Brook Gorczany is more of an intermediate book. That’s because the recipes tend to require more ingredients and a greater number of steps. It also jumps right into the recipes, while a beginner’s book should have more about air frying and its idiosyncrasies. But it’s possible that you can “grow” into this book after some experience.
The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook For Beginners 2023
Beginner to advanced: With a cookbook that covers 1500 recipes, you’d think that it will cover recipes in a wide range of difficulty. That’s the background of Sofia Romero’s Air Fryer Cookbook:1500 Affordable & Delicious Recipes That Anyone Can Cook at Home. It has breakfast recipes, vegan recipes, recipes with beef, pork, poultry, lamb, vegetable and side dishes, fish and seafood, snacks, and desserts! But there aren’t any illustrations showing you what the final product looks like.
Sofia Romero’s Air Fryer Cookbook
For diabetics: There are cookbooks for diabetics and people with an inclination towards diabetes. One example is the Diabetic Air Fryer Cookbook by Robert Charles. The book also gives some background about the different types of diabetes, what causes it, and which foods are permissible for a diabetic to eat.
Diabetic Air Fryer Cookbook
What reviewers say
Here are some customers’ impressions about the air fryer cookbook that they purchased:
Great for picky eaters: Having a wide repertoire of recipes with your air fryer is especially important if you have children that get bored easily. One customer wasn’t even aware of the fact that air fryers can be used to prepare baked goods! Besides baking, other air fryers are capable of roasting, toasting, warming, dehydrating, and more.
Capacity to match the size of your family: You should also take your air fryer’s capacity into consideration. A small air fryer will only be able to make portions for a small family. But if you get a 10-quart capacity air fryer, you can make portions for anywhere from 5 to 7 people!
Hard copy or Kindle version: Many cookbooks come in a Kindle version as well. If you use a Kindle reader, you can pack it with several cookbooks at once! And the Kindle version is a fraction of the price of the paperback or hard cover version!
Here are some features to look for when choosing an air fryer cookbook:
Look for recipes that are unique for an air fryer: Some customers were disappointed with The Ultimate Ninja Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners 2022-2023, because it had many recipes that you could prepare with a standard oven. If a cookbook touts that it’s for air fryers in particular, it should have recipes that can only be prepared properly in an air fryer! Cecily Goodwin’s Simple Air Fryer Cookbook with Pictures, on the other hand, has all sorts of air fryer tips and tricks, and hints on how to convert oven-used recipes into air fryer recipes.
Ingredient-based index: Some cookbooks organize the recipes by their Table of Contents, filing the recipes under “Breakfast”, “Dessert”, “Meat/Fish/Poultry”. But some classify the recipes by the list of ingredients in the index. This may be more helpful since you can decide what to cook according to what you have on hand at the time.
Pictures of each recipe: Some cookbooks are all text, such as The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook by Olivia Miller. That allows them to pack more recipes into fewer pages. But, if you insist on a cookbook with pictures of each recipe, Lorraine Braxton wrote the Super-Easy Air Fryer Cookbook with Pictures. One woman said it makes the cookbook substantially easier to use. She gave it to her 12-year-old granddaughter, and she loves it!
Super-Easy Air Fryer Cookbook with Pictures
We went through some of the most popular air fryer cookbooks. There are also smart air fryers, that come with a software app that gives you more recipe ideas. But, it’s always good to have a book to consult as well. Some of these cookbooks give tips on how to best use your air fryer, as well as special cleaning and maintenance instructions. If you already have bought an air fryer, or have received one as a gift, treat yourself to a good cookbook to maximize your air fryer’s potential!