My top rated cookbooks for a well rounded kitchen - from the classics to dessert, and everything in between, these are my favorite books for excellent recipes!
I guess you could say I am a bit of a cookbook fanatic. I absolutely love everything about cookbooks. The beautiful photography, the passion within the lines of the recipes, and the weight of a hardback book in your hands. There's few things better than a beautifully composed cookbook.
For my bridal shower, I asked my guests for cookbooks rather than lingerie, and while I still received beautiful lingerie, I also received a variety of incredible cookbooks. I find myself referencing them on nearly a daily basis, and have discovered new techniques and recipes along with beautiful food styling ideas. Although I could add hundreds to this compilation, I wanted to share some of my very favorites with you. If you find only one to add to your list, I highly suggest Joy of Cooking.
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Tried and true, tested and trusted, these are some of my favorite cookbooks for weeknight meals, classic dishes, and traditional recipes. Above all other cookbooks, I find myself referencing these three the most often. Be it a white wine sauce from Joy, or a simple cake recipe from Martha, my kitchen wouldn't be complete without these books.
around the world
My favorite cookbooks for food inspired from around the world. I must honor my French heritage here, and include both My Paris Kitchen & A Kitchen in France. Near & Far is a favorite because it includes recipes from many cultures, and Made in India is a wonderful cookbook for approachable Indian cooking with authentic flavors.
Some of my most favorite recipes have come from Gwyneth's cookbooks (
Oh, dessert - I love you. If I could, I would eat sweet sugary cakes and pies all day, every day, for the rest of my life. But, my health gets the best of me, so I try to limit my intake of my favorite meal. I love the heirloom dessert cookbook - it's full of interesting recipes (like s'more potstickers), and the Blackbirds Pie Book is a great classic for pie perfection. Food52's in-house cookbooks are always favorites of mine, and their baking book is no exception.