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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 Stand... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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Mastering the Art of Fre... 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: ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The Professional Chef is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Culinary Institute of America
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The Complete America's T... 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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Jacques Pepin's Complete... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The New York Times Cookb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Craig Claiborne
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Boston Cooking-School Co... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Fannie Farmer, Marion Cunningham
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The French Laundry Cookb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller, Susie Heller, Michael Ruhlman
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Cook with Jamie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Jamie Oliver
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The Silver Palate Cookbo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The Food Lab: Better Hom... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Chic Barna added J. Kenji López-Alt
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Taste of Home is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Abrams
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Salt Fat Acid Heat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
LeslieAufderheide added Samin Nosrat
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The Silver Spoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Phaidon Press
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How to cook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Raymond A Sokolov
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Lidia's Italy: 140 Simpl... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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Essentials of Classic It... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
rebeccaclaires added Marcella Hazan
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Bouchon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Thomas Keller
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The German cookbook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
zxray added Mimi Sheraton
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The Encyclopedia of Caju... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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The King Arthur Flour Co... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
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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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The New Orleans Cookbook... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Must-Have Cookbooks
Rima Collin, Richard Collin