The 5 Best Air Fryer Cookbooks You Can Buy Now
You can make a lot more than just crispy fries.
If you've hopped on the air fryer train, you've probably been delighted (and possibly overwhelmed) by the sheer amount of air fryer recipes out there. The magic of air frying is equal parts about the ultra-crispy, better-for-you food you can make and the endless inspiration that this compact appliance can instill in all kinds of home cooks. These five diverse cookbooks are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes and be useful additions to your air-frying arsenal.
For the Foodie Who's Not Afraid of Bold Flavors
Urvashi Pitre is a household name for her viral Butter Chicken Instant Pot recipe, but she also has a plethora of flavorful air fryer recipes up her sleeve (or rather, Two Sleevers as she says on her blog of the same name). In her second air fryer book, Air Fryer Revolution: 100 Crispy, Healthy, Fast & Fresh Recipes, Urvashi covers the basics for novice air fryers and even includes a handy troubleshooting guide as well as a section on the myths and realities of air frying ("No one is going to mistake that air-fried potato chip for a deep-fried potato chip, but that doesn't mean it isn't delicious."). Like her other cookbooks, Air Fryer Revolution offers original recipes in a range of cuisines, such as Kheema Burgers, Brazilian Tempero Baiano Chicken Drumsticks and Chermoula-Roasted Beets. If you're not in the mood for something fried, just #TrustUrvashi that you can also whip up creamy foods in an air fryer, like her Smoky Salmon Dip, Harissa Shakshuka and Pasta with Mascarpone Mushrooms. As a bonus, she includes a section for homemade spice mixes, like Garam Masala and Ras al Hanout, that are sure to bump up the flavor factor in your dishes.
For the Home Cook Who Craves Restaurant-Style Food
If you were one of the first to purchase an air fryer and now find yourself stuck in a rut, Emily Paster's Epic Air Fryer Cookbook: 100 Inspired Recipes that Take Air Frying in Deliciously Exciting New Directions is here to inspire you. Her from-scratch recipes deliver flavors that span the globe. Craving takeout? You'll find plenty of options all made with a fraction of the oil they would normally require. What about some diner food for lunch? You can have a satisfying Monte Cristo sandwich without the copious amounts of butter they'd use at your local greasy spoon. If you're in the mood for dessert, try whipping up a batch of Lemon and Lavender Doughnuts. With so many options to choose from, you're bound to fall in love with your air fryer again.
For the Gluten-Intolerant Who Loves Bread
The "I Love My Air Fryer" Gluten-Free Recipe Book proves you can have your air-fried bread and eat it too, with breakfasts like Rainbow French Toast Sticks and desserts like Pecan Pie Bread Pudding. There are also many of the classic breaded foods you'd expect, but made with gluten-free flours and given unexpected twists. Stuffed mushrooms become a pseudo "surf 'n turf" in meaty Crab Dip-Stuffed Portabellas. Calamari takes on the heat of classic wings in Buffalo-Style Calamari Rings. Another revelation from author Michelle Fagone: The air fryer is your best friend when it comes to roasting vegetables in a fraction of time it would take in a conventional oven. She even includes a recipe for air-fried watermelon in a refreshing mint and arugula salad that begs the question, what can't you air fry?
For the Keto-Focused Looking for a Balanced Diet
Nutritionist Maria Emmerich's latest cookbook, Keto Air Fryer: 100+ Delicious Low-Carb Recipes to Heal Your Body & Help You Lose Weight, is a one-stop source for keto air frying. She helps break down the basics of a low-carb, high-fat diet and puts to rest common misconceptions — like how the keto diet is not a one-size-fits-all plan. Her recipes, which she crafted with her family in Maui at what she calls her "Keto Condo," include easy meals like Thai Tacos with Peanut Sauce that take less than 10 minutes, make-ahead dishes like cauliflower Keto Tots and fun creations like BLT Sushi. The book is packed with tools, like a guide to Emmerich's favorite keto-friendly ingredients (think pork dust and powdered Parmesan), as well as icons that indicate if a recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free or vegetarian and whether it's low, medium or high on the keto scale. Each recipe also has a breakdown of the amount of nutrients per serving, not to mention beautiful photos that will make you want to try everything.
For the Calorie-Conscious Who Loves to Indulge
Just like her blog, Gina Homolka's The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer contains useful color-coded recipe keys for meals that are quick (30 minute or less), vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto and even freezer-friendly. In addition, all the recipes are vetted by a registered dietician. And if you're on WW (formerly Weight Watchers), you can go to her website for Smart Point calculations. Homolka is an air fryer convert — she even came out with her own model — and will make you one too. Standout recipes include Everything-but-the-Bagel Breakfast Pockets, Cauliflower Rice Arancini and Crispy Za'atar Chickpeas that are sure to become a go-to snack. She also includes a handy chart with cook times for sheet-pan cooking in a conventional oven if you need to make big batches or haven't yet taken the air-fryer plunge.