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

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90 20
Mastering the Art of French Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

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66 18
New Cook Book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
New Cook Book Meredith Corporation

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63 24
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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30 14
The Complete America's Test Ki... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added 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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28 13
The Professional Chef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The Professional Chef Culinary Institute of America

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34 18
The New York Times Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The New York Times Cookbook Craig Claiborne

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24 14
Taste of Home is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Taste of Home Abrams

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29 16
Jacques Pepin's Complete Techn... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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29 23
The French Laundry Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The French Laundry Cookbook Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman

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15 9
Boston Cooking-School Cook Boo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Boston Cooking-School Cook Book Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham

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34 17
Cook with Jamie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Cook with Jamie Jamie Oliver

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21 16
Bouchon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Bouchon Thomas Keller

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15 17
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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14 10
How to cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
How to cook Raymond A Sokolov

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21 19
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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14 14
The New Orleans Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The New Orleans Cookbook Rima Collin, Richard Collin

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12 14
The German cookbook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added The German Cookbook Mimi Sheraton

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14 14
Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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17 10
Best Cookies Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Best Cookies Cookbook Pillsbury Company.

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11 15
When French Women Cook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
When French Women Cook Madeleine Kamman

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9 13
The Encyclopedia of Cajun and ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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18 30
Nigella bites is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Nigella bites Nigella Lawson

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10 15
Dos Caminos Mexican Street Foo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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18 17
Molto Italiano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Molto Italiano Mario Batali

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12 8
The Silver Palate Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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15 12
The King Arthur Flour Cookie C... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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17 16
The Silver Spoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The Silver Spoon Phaidon Press

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11 21
365 ways to cook hamburger and... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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13 25
The Martha Stewart Living Cook... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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9 15
Puerto Rican cookery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added Puerto Rican cookery Carmen Aboy Valldej́uli

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12 12
The Elements of Cooking is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
The Elements of Cooking Michael Ruhlman

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14 16
How to eat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
How to eat Nigella Lawson

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10 12
The Yan can cook book is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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6 14
Kitchen of Light: the New Scan... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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15 19
Top Secret Restaurant Recipes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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11 13
The Commander's Palace New Orl... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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6 21
Cooking with All Things Trader... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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9 12
More Christmas Cookies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
More Christmas Cookies Meredith Corporation

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12 17
bisquick cookbook is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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9 14
The Mason jar dessert cookbook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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8 13
Vegetable Love is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Vegetable Love Barbara Kafka

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8 12
No-bake Cookies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
No-bake Cookies Camilla V Saulsbury

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8 14
Feast is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Feast Nigella Lawson

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12 20
Classic 30-Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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

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7 14
Arabesque is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Arabesque Claudia Roden

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6 12
500 best muffin recipes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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8 17
padma lakshimi

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10 8
Momofuku is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
eatvancity added Momofuku Peter Meehan, David Chang