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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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The Joy of Cooking Standard Ed... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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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
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New Cook Book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Meredith Corporation
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How to Cook Everything: 2,000 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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Jacques Pepin's Complete Techn... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The Complete America's Test Ki... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added The Editor's at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen
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The Professional Chef is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Culinary Institute of America
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The New York Times Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Craig Claiborne
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Boston Cooking-School Cook Boo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham
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Cook with Jamie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Jamie Oliver
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The French Laundry Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman
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Taste of Home is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Abrams
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How to cook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Raymond A Sokolov
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The Silver Spoon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Phaidon Press
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The Silver Palate Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The Food Lab: Better Home Cook... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Chic Barna added J. Kenji López-Alt
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Bouchon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller
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Essentials of Classic Italian ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
rebeccaclaires added Marcella Hazan
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The German cookbook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added Mimi Sheraton
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The Encyclopedia of Cajun and ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The King Arthur Flour Cookie C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The New Orleans Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Rima Collin, Richard Collin
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The Elements of Cooking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Michael Ruhlman
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Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks