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 Irma S. Rombauer

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    Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Mark Bittman

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    Culinary Institute of America

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    Abrams

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    added by zxray The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2011 The Editor's at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen

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    Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman

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    Jacques Pépin

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    Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

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    Dawn J Ranck

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    Thomas Keller

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    added by zxray The German Cookbook Mimi Sheraton

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    Raymond A Sokolov

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    Rick Rodgers

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    added by zxray Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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    added by zxray Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home Ivy Stark

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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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    added by zxray The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine John D. Folse

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    Madeleine Kamman

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    Thomas McNamee

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    Jamie Oliver

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Deana Gunn

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    added by beernbugs Kitchen of Light: the New Scandinavian Cooking

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    Craig Claiborne

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nigella Lawson

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    Pillsbury Company.

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    Mario Batali

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    Todd Wilbur

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    King Arthur Flour

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    bisquick cookbook

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    Lonnette Parks

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    Michael Ruhlman

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    Phaidon Press

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    Julee Russo

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    Camilla V Saulsbury

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    Ella Brennan

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    Rachael Ray

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Barbara Kafka

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    Martin Yan

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    The Kind Diet

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    padma lakshimi "Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet"

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Esther Brody

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    Claudia Roden

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    Nigella Lawson

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