If you’re ever needed proof that cannabis isn’t just for smoking anymore, a new crop of inspired cannabis cookbooks puts a whole new spin on the idea of “baking.” From simple butter infusions to elaborate—and incredible—multi-course meals, cannabis cookery has grown up and entered the mainstream. Here are a few of our favorite titles aimed at cooks of all experience levels. All you need is curiosity, a bit of kitchen sense, and access to fresh, high-quality bud.
Cannabis Cookbooks: Learning the Basics
The Marijuana Chef Cookbook by S.T. Oner
We’re not sure, but that name just might be a pseudonym. That said, this cannabis cookbook is a valuable resource for starter chefs, focusing on reasonably simple and easy-to-follow recipes including savory favorites like soft tacos, rich baked goods and treats, and potent cocktails. There’s even a section suggesting all-natural ways to pass a drug test, though—as we’ve written before—that’s a particularly vexing nut to crack.
The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch by Sarah Conrique
“A collection of vegan recipes so simple to make that even a stoner could prepare them,” trumpets the promotional blurb, which some may or may find a wee bit insulting. Regardless, beginner chefs will find a lot to love here, not least the cute illustrations and straightforward descriptions of meatless and dairyless cannabis-infused treats. You’ll find simple ethnic-leaning recipes like slightly Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, creamy infused smoothies and all sorts of easy, tempting cookies and baked—yes, we get it already—treats.
Time-Tested FASTEST Edibles Cookbook: Quick Medical Marijuana Recipes by Kief Preston
Geared towards the beginner cook in an extreme hurry to create cannabis-infused edibles, this book covers what may be a shrinking niche market. That said, it’s a popular book by a noted expert in the field, and the low price invites at least a stab at recreating Pecan-Toffee “Pot Corn,” Chocolate-Nut Canna Bites, and the other simple recipes included here. Note that the “30-minute” promise doesn’t include the time required to produce cannabis-infused butter or oil, a topic we’ve covered ourselves in our blog.
Cannabis Cookbooks: For Experienced Chefs
Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis by Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf
Finally: A cannabis cookbook that rivals those from the “straight” world with well-developed recipes, gorgeous illustrations and an authoritative approach to dosing and good kitchen practices. You’ll find thoroughly grown-up recipes to match the approach, including Butternut Squash Soup, a Seared T-Bone with an infused garlic-butter topping, and an addictively spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate. Highly—yes, yes, we know—recommended.
Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts by Karin Lazarus
A solid and well-executed manual for experienced bakers, this volume vaults past pot brownies and bitter Rice Krispies Treats to offer recipes for truly impressive meal-enders like Smashing Pumpkin White Chocolate-Pumpkin Bars, Sweet Temptation Mango Sorbet, and Chocolate Almond Delights.
Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow
Extra-credit for sure, but we think the world of cannabis-infused beverages deserves just as much attention as their food-based variations. Even if you’re a teetotaler, you’ll find plenty to love in this compendium, which devotes as much—or more—ink to non-alcoholic sippers as to the boozy ones. Do keep in mind that preparing the infusions will require a bit of skill and patience. But you’ll be amply rewarded with potent, flavorful tonics, tart shrubs, and a plethora of other equally enticing cannabis-infused quaffs.
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