The Most Must-Have Cookbooks Books

The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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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, or even some classic cookbooks everyone should own, if they are missing. 

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    The Joy of Cooking Standard Ed... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    Irma S. Rombauer

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    Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

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    Meredith Corporation

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    The Complete America's Test Ki... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    The Editor's at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen

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    Culinary Institute of America

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    Abrams

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    Craig Claiborne

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    Jacques Pépin

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    Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

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    Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman

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    Dawn J Ranck

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    Jamie Oliver

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    Thomas McNamee

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    Thomas Keller

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    The German Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    Mimi Sheraton

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    Raymond A Sokolov

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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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    Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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    Julee Russo

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    Madeleine Kamman

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    Mario Batali

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    Dos Caminos Mexican Street Foo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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    Pillsbury Company.

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    Phaidon Press

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    The Encyclopedia of Cajun and ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    John D. Folse

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    Carmen Aboy ValldejĖuli

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    King Arthur Flour

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Todd Wilbur

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    Kitchen of Light: the New Scan... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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    Michael Ruhlman

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    Martin Yan

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    Camilla V Saulsbury

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    Deana Gunn

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    bisquick cookbook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks


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    Ella Brennan

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    Lonnette Parks

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    Barbara Kafka

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Rachael Ray

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    Claudia Roden

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    Nigella Lawson

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    The Kind Diet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks


    Victoria Pearson, Alicia Silverstone

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    Esther Brody

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