The Most Must-Have Cookbooks Books
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The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

List Criteria: All encompassing, general cookbooks that teach readers about everything from technique, ingredients to cooking

These are the cookbooks everyone should own, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Add your favorite cookbooks to this list, and help rank the best cookbooks on the market. From books about baking to the best recipe collections for the holidays, these are the essential cookbooks every cook should have on their shelves. Some are simply basic cookbooks you must own, like Joy of Cooking, while others are more advanced and are cookbooks every chef should own, like Thomas Keller's Bouchon. Rank these must have cookbooks and add your favorites if they are missing. 

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    most listed
    The Joy of Cooking

    Irma S. Rombauer More
    100
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    Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle More
    92
  3. 3
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    Meredith Corporation More
    75
  4. 4
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    Mark Bittman More
    69
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    Abrams More
    58
  6. 6
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    Marion Cunningham More
    58
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    Culinary Institute of America More
    57
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    The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2011

    The Editor's at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen More
    54
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    Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman More
    52
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    Jacques Pépin More
    49
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    Dawn J Ranck More
    49
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    Thomas Keller More
    48
  13. 13
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    The German Cookbook

    Mimi Sheraton More
    47
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    Raymond A Sokolov More
    47
  15. 15
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    Rick Rodgers More
    46
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    Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home

    Ivy Stark More
    45
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    Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most

    Lidia Matticchio Bastianich More
    45
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    Jamie Oliver More
    44
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    Thomas McNamee More
    44
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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia More
    44
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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin More
    44
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    Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli More
    43
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    Kitchen of Light: the New Scandinavian Cooking

    43
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    Madeleine Kamman More
    43
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    Craig Claiborne More
    43
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    The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine

    John D. Folse More
    43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

    Deana Gunn More
    42
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    ranked low on reranks
    Best Cookies Cookbook

    Pillsbury Company. More
    41
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    Nigella bites

    Nigella Lawson More
    41
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    Mario Batali More
    41
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    Todd Wilbur More
    40
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    King Arthur Flour More
    39
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    bisquick cookbook

    38
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    Camilla V Saulsbury More
    38
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    Lonnette Parks More
    38
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    Michael Ruhlman More
    37
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    Julee Russo More
    37
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    Meredith Corporation More
    36
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    Rachael Ray More
    36
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    Barbara Kafka More
    36
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    Martin Yan More
    35
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    Phaidon Press More
    35
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    35
  44. 44
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    Ella Brennan More
    35
  45. 45
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    The Kind Diet

    34
  46. 46
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    padma lakshimi "Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet"

    33
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    Nigella Lawson More
    33
  48. 48
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    Claudia Roden More
    33
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    Esther Brody More
    32
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    Nigella Lawson More
    32
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