The Cookbook You Should Try This Summer, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

published Jun 5, 2021
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After more than a year of spending a lot of time at home and likely making many — if not most! — of your own meals, you’re probably tired of your old faithful recipes and go-to meals, as well as burnt out on trying to find new ideas for your daily kitchen adventures. If your culinary creativity needs a jolt of inspiration, don’t stress! Look to your zodiac sign to guide you to your next great meal. 

Your star sign’s major characteristics may provide insight into what’s for dinner (or dessert) tonight. A contemplative, thoughtful Libra might enjoy some intense baking, while an adventurous Aries may prefer lots of spice and plenty of intricate steps to follow. Whatever your sign, these cookbooks may be the cosmic connection you’re looking for this summer.

Aries (March 21-April 19): “Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple” by Jacques Pépin

This cookbook is packed with 250 recipes that require quick, simple prep and minimal cleanup — perfect for the adventurous Aries, who likes variety and packs their calendar with lots of activities and events. “Quick & Simple” will give any Aries the newness they crave without taking up too much of their busy day.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): “Essentials of Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan

Taureans have a taste for the finer things in life, and this classic (and huge!) tome by the one and only Marcella Hazan is full of delicious Italian recipes that feel like a direct flight to Italy. From the perfect tomato sauce to a light-yet-decadent ricotta and pea pasta, it’s comfort food that feels both simple and luxurious.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): “Zero Proof Drinks and More: 100 Recipes for Mocktails and Low-Alcohol Cocktails” by Maureen Petrosky

Geminis are one of the most social signs and love any excuse to have a fun get-together, and this book of 100 mocktail and low-alcohol cocktail recipes will give them endless opportunities to get creative when hosting their next gathering. It also gives this double-signed star sign the ability to try out both cocktails and mocktails to suit their mood and dietary needs.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life” by Ruth Reichl

Cancers, the homebodies of the zodiac, love to feel comforted and cozy in their spaces. Ruth Reichl, the legendary editor of “Gourmet” magazine and a fabulous cook herself, felt the same way when her magazine folded — and she retreated into her home kitchen, creating new recipes and revisiting old favorites. This cookbook is a mix of recipes and memoir, and it’s just the thing for a sensitive, introverted Cancer.

“The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico” by Mely Martinez

Colorful and outgoing Leos will love diving into this equally dynamic cookbook of classic Mexican recipes, including crowd-pleasing empanadas, tamales, and desserts like tres leches cake, many of which are informed by Martinez’s family traditions and beloved Mexican dishes from states across the country, such as Veracruz and Yucatán. “The Mexican Home Kitchen” uses simple ingredients and vibrant flavors to create dishes that will enliven both a regular Tuesday night, as well as a Leo’s next big party.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): “Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking” by Michael Ruhlman

Conscientious, detail-oriented Virgos will love this incredibly informative book about the key ratios required to craft the perfect basics, which you can then turn into everything from pancakes to cookie dough to pasta. A Virgo never met a plan and a perfectly balanced measuring cup they didn’t like!

Libra (September 23-October 22): “Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing” by Jerrelle Guy

Libras are another Zodiac sign that loves to bake, likely because of their balanced and thoughtful nature. (Their symbol isn’t the scales for nothing!) “Black Girl Baking” is filled with delicious and flavorful recipes inspired by Jerrelle Guy’s life and family; in it, she uses wholesome ingredients for treats you can feel good about, inside and out. Guy used to be vegan, so she makes sure to offer suggestions that transform her recipes for all sorts of dietary needs and food sensitivities.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): “Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul” by Lazarus Lynch

Competitive, ambitious Scorpios love a cooking show marathon, so they’ll be obsessed with this cookbook from a “Chopped” champ. Lazarus Lynch’s cookbook is full of bold bites and inventive twists on classic soul food dishes, which will appeal to a Scorpio’s love of going deep. This sign is also big on meaningful connection, so they’ll also love reading about Lynch’s family, as well as the cooking he grew up with and what it means to him.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): “Sweet, Savory, Spicy: Exciting Street Market Food from Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and More” by Sarah Tiong

Sagittarians can indulge their eternal wanderlust and love of travel and exploration with this cookbook, which brings the street market experience to the home kitchen. From snacks to sauces to skewers, “Sweet, Savory, Spicy” is a crowd-pleaser full of delicious flavors and fun shareable plates — a great way for social butterfly Sags to show off their culinary skills and spend time with the people they love.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): “Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers” by Julia Turshen

Capricorns are all about planning, routine, and structure. They like to be prepared, which is why chef Julia Turshen’s book about making great meals and repurposing the leftovers for even more great meals is right up their alley. It’s meal planning made super-simple, and the recipes are inviting and compelling enough for newbies and accomplished cooks alike.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): “The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen” by Joanne Lee Molinaro

As a particularly progressive and humanitarian sign, Aquarians are always looking for new ways to make the world a better place. Enter: Vegan cooking, whether that’s a lifestyle change, or a once-in-a-while meal switchup. This cookbook by Molinaro, AKA the popular @thekoreanvegan account on TikTok, shows how to adapt beloved Korean dishes to a plant-based lifestyle and expand your palate with new flavor combinations.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): “Plant Based Diet in 30 Minutes: 100 Fast & Easy Recipes for Busy People” by Ally Lazare

As one of the most empathetic signs of the zodiac, the caring nature of a plant-based diet appeals plenty to Pisces. This cookbook is a great intro to adding more plants to your diet without spending hours in the kitchen — giving a dreamy Pisces more time to indulge in their favorite leisure pursuits.