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

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The Most Must-Have Cookbooks Books
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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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    Culinary Institute of America

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    Abrams

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

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    Craig Claiborne

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    Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

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    Jacques Pépin

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    Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman

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    Dawn J Ranck

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    Thomas Keller

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    Thomas McNamee

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    Jamie Oliver

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    Mimi Sheraton

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    Raymond A Sokolov

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    Julee Russo

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    Mario Batali

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    Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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    Pillsbury Company.

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    Madeleine Kamman

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    Todd Wilbur

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    King Arthur Flour

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    John D. Folse

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    Carmen Aboy ValldejĖuli

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    Phaidon Press

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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    Deana Gunn

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    Michael Ruhlman

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    Martin Yan

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    Camilla V Saulsbury

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    Ella Brennan

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    Lonnette Parks

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    Barbara Kafka

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Meredith Corporation

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    Claudia Roden

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    Rachael Ray

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    Nigella Lawson

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    Esther Brody

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