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Best Cookbooks

Looking for good cookbooks to read? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best cookbooks to improve your cooking skills.

Whether you’re a beginner, professional chef or vegetarian, you’ll enjoy this list of the best cookbooks of all time.

The 10 Best Cookbooks of All Time

1. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker

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Synopsis: All the recipes have been reconceived and tested with an eye to modern taste, and the cooking knowledge imparted with each subject enriched to the point where everyone from a beginning to an experienced cook will feel completely supported.

2. Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Mastering the Art of French Cooking #1) by Julia Child

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Synopsis: Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages home cooks will find something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine, from historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.

3. How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food (How to Cook Everything) by Mark Bittman

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Synopsis: Here’s the breakthrough one-stop cooking reference for today’s generation of cooks! Nationally known cooking authority Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment.

4. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book by Better Homes and Gardens

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Synopsis: Features: Over 900 new recipes — 1,200 in all-reflect current eating habits and lifestyles; 500 new photographs — over 700 in all-including 60 percent more of finished food than the last edition; Dozens of new recipes offer ethnic flavours, fresh ingredients, or vegetarian appeal.

5. Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family by Ina Garten

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Synopsis: In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essential to be saved just for special occasions—and it’s easy to do if you know how to cook irresistible meals with a minimum of fuss.

6. Betty Crocker’s Cookbook by Betty Crocker


Synopsis: The new and revised edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook was developed especially for the new you. Easier than ever to use, it’s organized just he way you plan your meals – with meats and main dishes first. It’s packed with know-how, show-how and how-to. More than 1500 recipes, 299 full-color photographs, cooking hints, shopping tips, charts, line drawings.

7. The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York by Mollie Katzen

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Synopsis: Among the most influential cookbooks of our time, the Moosewood Cookbook is such a powerful symbol that the publishers were tempted not to tamper with it. But times have changed, and knowledge about the foods we eat and their nutritional value has increased. So, after many inquiries and requests, the author has revised many of her recipes to be lighter and healthier.

8. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

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Synopsis: You’ll find 25 new dishes and updates throughout for more than 250 recipes (everything from basics to desserts), stunning color photos, and tips for making your kitchen a vegan paradise.

9. How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson


Synopsis: Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess is about not only baking, but the enjoyment of being in the kitchen, taking sensuous pleasure in the entire process, and relishing the outcome.

10. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

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Synopsis: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published. The recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are colorful and imaginative as well as familiar and comforting.

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