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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    Abrams

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    Culinary Institute of America

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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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    Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

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    Jacques Pépin

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

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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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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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    Thomas McNamee

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    Jamie Oliver

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    added by zxray Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli

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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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    Madeleine Kamman

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

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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 Deana Gunn

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    ranked low on reranks Pillsbury Company.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nigella Lawson

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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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    new! Julee Russo

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    Phaidon Press

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    Camilla V Saulsbury

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Rachael Ray

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    Barbara Kafka

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    Ella Brennan

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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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    Claudia Roden

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    Esther Brody

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    Nigella Lawson

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