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The 12 Cookbooks Every Home Chef Needs

How to Cook Everything

If you were trapped on a desert island (that somehow came fully equipped with a kitchen), this is the book you'd want to take. It’ll teach you how to roast a chicken and flip the perfect pancake.

Moosewood Cookbook

Whether you’re sticking to Meatless Mondays or you just need a few vegetarian go-tos, the Moosewood plant-based cookbook is great to have at the ready. Swiss-and-mushroom quiche, mmmm.

Smitten Kitchen

First we fell in love with the Smitten Kitchen blog. Then, we decided we couldn’t live without the cookbook. Now, it’s a full-blown love affair with Deb Perelman’s no-fuss recipes.

Joy of Cooking

The one cookbook you’ll pass on to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews--basically everyone (dog-eared pages and all).

The Victory Garden Cookbook

Your CSA just came in...and you have absolutely no idea what to do with it. The Victory Garden Cookbook lists vegetables in alphabetical order and provides a foolproof recipe for each.

Cake Bible

Because sometimes you just want to make a cake. A delectable, four-tiered, cream-cheese frosting cake.


Written collaboratively by two Jerusalem natives—one Jewish (Yotam Ottolenghi), one Arab (Sami Tamimi)—this stunning cookbook captures the vibrancy of the ancient city in surprising recipes full of bold flavors.

The New York Times Essential Cookbook

Anything written by New York Times food columnist, Amanda Hesser is simply gold.

Ina Garten

We’re pretty sure that no one on earth throws a better dinner party than Ina Garten. And while we’d do anything for an invite to her Hamptons home, we’re happy just to score her recipe for brunch casserole.


Dorie Greenspan’s recipes are clear and easy to follow. Start with the World Peace Cookies and don’t blame us when you eat the whole batch.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Marcella Hazan is to Italian cooking as Julia Child was to French. If you want to learn how to make real Italian food—including her perfect, deceptively simple four-ingredient marinara—this is your one-and-only source.

Everyday Mexican

Turns out Mexican food is a bit more complicated than tacos and guacamole. Mexican Everyday makes it more manageable without losing any of the flavor.

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