Cooking The Most Must-Have Cookbooks  

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List Rules 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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148 19
The Joy of Cooking Standard Ed... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

2
102 22
Mastering the Art of French Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

3
76 23
New Cook Book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Meredith Corporation

4
70 24
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

5
37 17
The Complete America's Test Ki... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added The Editor's at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen

6
41 20
The New York Times Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Craig Claiborne

7
33 16
The Professional Chef is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Culinary Institute of America

8
35 16
Jacques Pepin's Complete Techn... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

9
28 17
Taste of Home is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Abrams

10
19 10
Boston Cooking-School Cook Boo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

11
32 26
The French Laundry Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman

12
37 18
Cook with Jamie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Jamie Oliver

13
23 18
Bouchon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller

14
16 11
How to cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Raymond A Sokolov

15
15 17
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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24 20
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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18 14
Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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16 15
The New Orleans Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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14 15
The German cookbook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added Mimi Sheraton

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18 10
Best Cookies Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Pillsbury Company.

21
12 14
The Encyclopedia of Cajun and ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

22
15 9
The Silver Palate Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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11 16
When French Women Cook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Madeleine Kamman

24
20 16
The Silver Spoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Phaidon Press

25
16 12
The King Arthur Flour Cookie C... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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18 31
Nigella bites is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Nigella Lawson

27
10 16
Dos Caminos Mexican Street Foo... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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19 19
Molto Italiano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Mario Batali

29
15 26
The Martha Stewart Living Cook... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

30
11 15
Puerto Rican cookery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli

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11 21
365 ways to cook hamburger and... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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11 1
The Food Lab: Better Home Cook... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Chic Barna added J. Kenji López-Alt

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13 12
The Elements of Cooking is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Michael Ruhlman

34
15 16
How to eat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Nigella Lawson

35
7 14
Kitchen of Light: the New Scan... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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12 13
The Commander's Palace New Orl... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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10 12
The Yan can cook book is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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10 12
More Christmas Cookies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Meredith Corporation

39
13 17
bisquick cookbook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

40
15 20
Top Secret Restaurant Recipes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

41
6 21
Cooking with All Things Trader... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

42
10 15
The Mason jar dessert cookbook is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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9 14
Feast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Nigella Lawson

44
9 14
Vegetable Love is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Barbara Kafka

45
8 13
No-bake Cookies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Camilla V Saulsbury

46
9 17
Ideals Hershey's Chocolate & C... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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8 15
Arabesque is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Claudia Roden

48
13 22
Classic 30-Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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11 8
Momofuku is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
eatvancity added Peter Meehan, David Chang

50
6 13
500 best muffin recipes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks