The Most Must-Have Cookbooks Books

The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Joy of Cooking

    Irma S. Rombauer More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 42
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    Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle More
    93
  3. 3
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    Meredith Corporation More
    72
  4. 4
    Up 25
    Down 5
    Mark Bittman More
    71
  5. 5
    Up 15
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    Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nigella bites

    Nigella Lawson More
    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    365 ways to cook hamburger and other ground meats

    Rick Rodgers More
    52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Cook with Jamie

    Jamie Oliver More
    50
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Professional Chef

    Culinary Institute of America More
    49
  10. 10
    Up 16
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    Marion Cunningham More
    48
  11. 11
    Up 13
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    Jacques Pépin More
    46
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    Thomas Keller More
    46
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    Abrams More
    46
  14. 14
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    Craig Claiborne More
    44
  15. 15
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    Dawn J Ranck More
    44
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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
    44
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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
    44
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    Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home

    Ivy Stark More
    43
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  19. 19
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    Puerto Rican cookery

    Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli More
    43
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  20. 20
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    Julee Russo More
    43
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    Pillsbury Company. More
    43
  22. 22
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    King Arthur Flour More
    43
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    Todd Wilbur More
    43
  24. 24
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    Mario Batali More
    42
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    Raymond A Sokolov More
    42
  26. 26
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    Michael Ruhlman More
    42
  27. 27
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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia More
    42
  28. 28
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    The German Cookbook

    Mimi Sheraton More
    42
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    Martin Yan More
    42
  30. 30
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    Phaidon Press More
    41
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    new! Fast Food Fix: 75+ Amazing Recipe Makeovers of Your Fast Food Restaurant Favorites

    Devin Alexander More
    41
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    Meredith Corporation More
    41
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    Barbara Kafka More
    41
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    Kitchen of Light: the New Scandinavian Cooking

    41
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    Ella Brennan More
    41
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    Thomas McNamee More
    41
  37. 37
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    ripert

    40
  38. 38
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    Sam Choy's island flavors

    Sam Choy More
    40
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    Harumi Kurihara More
    40
    added by: mikiko1
  40. 40
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    The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine

    John D. Folse More
    40
    added by: zxray
  41. 41
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    Camilla V Saulsbury More
    40
  42. 42
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    Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine

    Marcus Samuelsson More
    39
    added by: beernbugs
  43. 43
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    Alan Wong's New Wave Luau

    John Harrisson More
    39
    added by: beernbugs
  44. 44
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    The Kind Diet

    39
  45. 45
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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin More
    39
  46. 46
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    Madeleine Kamman More
    39
  47. 47
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    bisquick cookbook

    39
  48. 48
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    Rachael Ray More
    38
  49. 49
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    Roy's Feasts from Hawaii

    John Harrisson, Roy Yamaguchi More
    38
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  50. 50
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    Lonnette Parks More
    38
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