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Best Cookbooks

Feast your eyes on the culinary classics that chefs and food critics can't stop talking about. Each cookbook on this list comes highly recommended for its delectable recipes and cooking wisdom.

Recommendations from 49 articles, Nigella Lawson, Chris Sacca, Padma Lakshmi and 11 others.
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Snacking Bakes
Simple Recipes for Cookies, Bars, Brownies, Cakes, and More
Yossy Arefi - 2023-11-07
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Discover a collection of 60 accessible recipes for irresistible cookies, cakes, brownies, and bars in Snacking Bakes. Written by award-winning author Yossy Arefi, these recipes are designed to be made with minimal effort and easy-to-find ingredients. From sweet to savory, these treats can be whipped up in under an hour, using only one bowl. Perfect for beginners and children, this cookbook is full of crowd-pleasing recipes accompanied by beautiful photography. Indulge in Magical Peanut Butter Cookies, Blueberry Cornmeal Cookies, Coconut Cookie Bark, and more. Snacking Bakes is the ultimate companion for anyone looking for simple and delicious baked goods.
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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat - 2017-04-25
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Discover a revolutionary approach to cooking with Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat teaches readers how to master just four elements of cooking – salt, fat, acid, and heat – in order to create delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time. With charming narratives, illustrated walkthroughs, and 100 essential recipes, this book demystifies the world of flavor and teaches a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen. With a foreword by Michael Pollan, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is destined to be a classic – and just might be the last cookbook you’ll ever need.
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Joy of Cooking
2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated
Irma S. Rombauer - 2019-11-12 (first published in 1931)
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Discover the ultimate kitchen bible with over 20 million copies in print! This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Joy of Cooking, developed by Irma Rombauer's great-grandson and his wife, features more than 600 new recipes, updated ingredients and techniques, and comprehensive information on cooking with modern tools. Find old favorites like banana bread and chocolate chip cookies, alongside new dishes like chana masala and caramelized tamarind tempeh. With a diverse array of ingredients and techniques, this cookbook is perfect for both experienced and novice cooks.
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Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice
A Cocktail Recipe Book
Toni Tipton-Martin - 2023-11-14
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Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Black mixology with "Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice" by Toni Tipton-Martin. This captivating book showcases 70 rediscovered, modernized, and celebrated recipes that highlight the enduring influence of Black drinking culture on American cocktail traditions. From traditional cocktails like the Absinthe Frappe to modern favorites like the Gin and Juice 3.0, this book introduces you to the creativity and excellence of Black mixology. Toni Tipton-Martin draws on her expertise, research in historic cookbooks, and personal collection of texts and letters to explore the evolution of these drinks over time. Discover the stories behind underheralded early-twentieth-century icons and modern superstars, and gain a new appreciation for the generations of practice, skill, intelligence, and taste that have shaped Black mixology.
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Recipes, Techniques, and Plant Science for Big-Flavored, Vegetable-Focused Meals
Nik Sharma - 2023-10-24
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Discover the wonders of over fifty vegetables in the groundbreaking cookbook, Veg-table. With captivating research, stunning photography, and technique-focused recipes, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to add more delicious and satisfying vegetable dishes to their diet. Organized by plant family, the recipes cover a wide range of flavors and techniques, including Sharma's first-ever pasta recipes. From hot and cold soups to salads, sides, and sauces, this cookbook offers a comprehensive collection of mouthwatering plant-based recipes. With over 100 stunning photographs and instructive illustrations, Veg-table perfectly balances beauty, intellect, and achievable recipes. Sharma, a regular contributor to Serious Eats, brings his science-forward thinking and accessible approach to make this a unique and enjoyable cookbook for all levels of cooks. Don't miss out on this follow-up to two critically acclaimed cookbooks, Season and The Flavor Equation.
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Start Here
Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook
Sohla el-Waylly, Samin Nosrat - 2023-10-31
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Discover the ultimate guide to cooking with "Start Here." Learn the fundamental skills and techniques you need to become an intuitive and inventive cook. This transformative cookbook by Sohla El-Waylly will change the way you think about food. With over 200 mouthwatering recipes, practical advice, and scientific background, this is culinary school without the student loans. Don't miss out on the book that Yotam Ottolenghi calls "a book to return to again and again and again." Start your cooking journey here and elevate your skills in the kitchen.
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The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others
Amy Thielen - 2023-08-29
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Introducing "Company" by Amy Thielen, a cookbook that will transform the way you entertain. With inventive recipes and twenty menus, Amy brings a fresh approach to hosting. Whether you're throwing an intimate dinner party or a large holiday feast, this book has you covered. Amy shares her tips on menu planning, produce shopping, and time management, while preaching leniency and guilty pleasures. Not just for the guests, these 125 loyal recipes will delight the cook as well. Packed with beautiful photography and cooking wisdom, let "Company" inspire you to enjoy the joy of cooking for your loved ones.
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Made in Taiwan
Recipes and Stories from the Island Nation
Clarissa Wei - 2023-09-19
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Explore the vibrant food and culture of Taiwan with Made in Taiwan. This cookbook is an in-depth exploration of Taiwan's unique culinary identity and features never-before-seen exclusive recipes and stunning photography. Despite the Chinese government's refusal to recognize Taiwan's sovereignty, food journalist Clarissa Wei showcases the rich history and delicious flavors of Taiwanese cuisine. With over 100 recipes inspired by the people of Taiwan, Wei argues why Taiwanese food deserves its own recognition. Discover classics like Peddler Noodles, Braised Minced Pork Belly, and Three-Cup Chicken, as well as authentic recipes and techniques such as making stinky tofu from scratch and mastering the art of beef noodle soup broth. Made in Taiwan is not just a cookbook, but a reflection of a proud nation and its resilient people.
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
A Cookbook
Julia Child - 2001-10-16 (first published in 1961)
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French cuisine enthusiasts will love this definitive cookbook, featuring over 500 delicious recipes that range from historic Gallic masterpieces to seemingly artless dishes. Home cooks of all levels will appreciate the accessible and logical sequence of themes and variations that breakdown the classic foods of France. With over 100 illustrations and a focus on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery, this cookbook is essential for any kitchen looking to broaden its culinary repertoire.
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The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant
Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, Naved Nasir - 2019-12-31
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Indulge in the mouth-watering comfort food of Bombay with Dishoom's cookbook. Discover the secrets behind their famous Bacon Naan Roll, Black Daal, Okra Fries, and more, as well as the perfect Masala Chai and cocktails. Alongside these delicious recipes are stories of south Bombay, taking you on a day-long tour of the city's most cherished spots. With stunning photography, this cookbook is a total delight and is sure to leave you longing for a taste of Bombay.
To Asia, with Love by Hetty McKinnon
More Is More by Molly Baz
Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Tara Wigley
East by Meera Sodha
Black Food by Bryant Terry
In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan
Pasta Every Day by Meryl Feinstein
Portico by Leah Koenig
Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden
For The Culture by Klancy Miller
Ever-Green Vietnamese by Andrea Nguyen, Aubrie Pick
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland
Let's Eat by Dan Pelosi
A Greener Way to Cook by Anna Jones
Shabbat by Adeena Sussman
The Lula Cafe Cookbook by Jason Hammel
Simply West African by Pierre Thiam, Lisa Katayama
Still We Rise by Erika Council
Mother Grains by Roxana Jullapat
My Everyday Lagos by Yewande Komolafe
Italian American by Angie Rito, Scott Tacinelli
The Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones
The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp by Jing Gao
The Global Pantry Cookbook by Scott Mowbray, Ann Taylor Pittman
I Dream Of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) by Ali Slagle
Tenderheart by Hetty Lui McKinnon
The World Central Kitchen Cookbook by José Andrés, World Central Kitchen, Sam Chapple-Sokol, Stephen Colbert
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Adeena Sussman
Make It Japanese by Rie McClenny
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson
The Korean Vegan Cookbook by Joanne Lee Molinaro
How to Eat by Nigella Lawson
Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin
Rodney Scott's World of BBQ by Rodney Scott, Lolis Eric Elie
Pasta by Missy Robbins, Talia Baiocchi
The Rise by Marcus Samuelsson
Life Is What You Bake It by Vallery Lomas
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma
Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho
Ottolenghi Test Kitchen by Noor Murad, Yotam Ottolenghi
Dinner by Melissa Clark
Baking with Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music
How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry
The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter
Wild Sweetness by Thalia Ho
My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara
Thali by Maunika Gowardhan
New Native Kitchen by Freddie Bitsoie, James O. Fraioli
An A-Z of Pasta by Rachel Roddy
Getaway by Renee Erickson
My America by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein
Food From Across Africa by Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd, Folayemi Brown
Maydan by Rose Previte, Marah Stets
Chili Crisp by James Park, Heami Lee
Cook This Book by Molly Baz
The Mexican Home Kitchen by Mely Martínez
Dining In by Alison Roman
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry
Go-To Dinners by Ina Garten
Latinísimo by Sandra A. Gutierrez
Signature Cocktails by Amanda Schuster
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
The Jemima Code by Toni Tipton-Martin
Colombiana by Mariana Velásquez
River Cafe London by Ruth Rogers, Sian Wyn Owen, Joseph Trivelli, Rose Gray
The Korean Cookbook by Junghyun Park, Jungyoon Choi
Asada by Bricia Lopez, Javier Cabral
Bake Smart by Samantha Seneviratne
La Grotta by Kitty Travers
Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
Midwestern Food by Paul Fehribach
An Unapologetic Cookbook by Joshua Weissman
Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish
The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Super Easy! by Ree Drummond
The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller
The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion by Abbie Gellman RD MS CDN
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America (Cia)
Deliciously Ella Making Plant-Based Quick and Easy by Ella Mills
Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten
Betty Crocker's Cookbook for boys & girls by montree
Mi Cocina by Rick Martínez