Must-Have Cookbooks For Every Kitchen May 6, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Are you challenging yourself to cook more this year? Or do you simply want to learn how to cook for the first time? Cookbooks are your best friends if the kitchen isn’t exactly your favorite space. There are so many great titles that you can get your hands on it can be hard to figure out which books are best, so check out our list of must-have cookbooks!

How To Cook Everything

This book, written by Mark Bittman, is a basic cookbook to help you cook over two thousand different recipes. It’s a very comprehensive volume and will help develop your culinary knowledge while providing you some really delicious home-cooked meals.

The Joy of Cooking

The “Joy of Cooking” is one of the most important books in American cuisine with a place in millions of households across the country. The book emphasizes freshness, convenience, and simple recipes. There are sections that help you develop your kitchen basics and knife skills, and the most recent version comes with a section full of thirty-minute recipes, making life that much easier.

Baking: From My Home to Yours

You need to have this book by Dorie Greenspan on your shelf if you have a sweet tooth. It includes a ton of tried, tested, and true recipes for every single dessert you could want. Not only that, but it includes a ton of unexpected treats as well. She writes her recipes in a very conversational style, so you enjoy reading it, and it’s easy to follow.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking

Julia Child brought the whole art of French cooking into the homes of many Americans. It comes fully equipped with classic French dishes such as boeuf bourguignon and cassoulet, completely broken down, so you’re able to work step by step. Readers are given direction on how to prepare the raw ingredients, which makes it that much easier to understand complex meals. This book has been described as one of the most instructive cookbooks of all time.

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Deborah Madison, the author, is known as the Julia Child of vegetarian cooking. This book is one of the most inclusive cookbooks ever published on the subject of vegetarian cooking. It’s definitely an essential for any kitchen because it’s helpful (and economical) to know how to cook delicious food that doesn’t include any meat.

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century

This well-curated recipe collection written by Amanda Hesser is a culinary time capsule. The book spans over 150 years of newspaper publication and includes the best recipes from the New York Times cooking section. It doesn’t include a lot of colorful photographs, but it’s not only a practical book to have at home, but it’s a fascinating read.



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