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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    Abrams

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    Culinary Institute of America

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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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    Jamie Oliver

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    Thomas McNamee

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    Dawn J Ranck

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    Thomas Keller

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    Raymond A Sokolov

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    The German Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    Mimi Sheraton

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    Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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    Madeleine Kamman

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    Julee Russo

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    Pillsbury Company.

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    Dos Caminos Mexican Street Foo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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    The Encyclopedia of Cajun and ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    John D. Folse

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Mario Batali

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    King Arthur Flour

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    Phaidon Press

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    Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli

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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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    Todd Wilbur

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    Michael Ruhlman

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    Kitchen of Light: the New Scan... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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    Martin Yan

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Nigella Lawson

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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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    Deana Gunn

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    Lonnette Parks

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    Barbara Kafka

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    Camilla V Saulsbury

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    Rachael Ray

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    Claudia Roden

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    Esther Brody

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    Nigella Lawson

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    padma lakshimi
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    The Kind Diet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks


    Victoria Pearson, Alicia Silverstone

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