10 Essential Cookbooks

One of my favorite food blogs, Food52, had a post on the 10 Essential Cookbooks. These are the stand-bys that every kitchen needs. No matter how many fad cookbooks come out, these will be the tomes that you refer to again and again.

I may do a quick google search for whatever recipe I’m looking for, but sometimes the best recipe is found by flipping through a book. Cookbooks hold sentimental value too, and serve as physical records of our cooking experiences. My grandmother’s 1960s-era ‘Joy of Cooking’ still has her notes in the margins, and I can quickly flip to that amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe with the encrusted butter and flour on the page.

How many of these books do you have? Which ones are you going to run out and buy? Or will you wait until you find a  perfect dog-eared copy at a used bookstore or perhaps even wait for the right moment to acquire it?

10 Essential Cookbooks

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer (Check)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
The Silver Palate by Sheila Lukins and Julee Russo (Check)
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (Check)

What’s missing from this list?

I Know How to Cook by Ginette Mathiot is certainly one of my personal faves. Also, anything by Sanjeev Kapoor is ace in my book as far as Indian cuisine is concerned.

What are your favorite books?

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