Must-Have Cookbooks for Every Kitchen

Must-Have Cookbooks for Every Kitchen: Our top 9 must-have cookbooks for every kitchen - from Julia Child, Irma Rombauer, Jacques Pepin, Mark Bittman, Cooks Illustrated, James Peterson and more.

Whether you have years of cooking experience or you're a newbie in the kitchen, it really pays to have some good reference books on hand. Learning basic cooking skills and techniques is the best way to ensure that your meals will always turn out as planned.

Here we've chosen 9 of our favorite basic cookbooks, written by the best of the best. Each of these books offers a wealth of reliable recipes, indispensable technical know-how and creative inspiration.

"The Way To Cook" by Julia Child

Julia Child's The Way To Cook is a masterful combination of recipes, technical instruction and creative encouragement. Presented in the amiable, straightforward manner that made Julia into a culinary icon, this book is an indispensible reference for anyone committed to the simple pleasure of good eating.

Hardcover | 528 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman

No matter what your skill level, How To Cook Everything is a modern-day essential for every kitchen bookshelf. Mark Bittman's uncomplictated approach to food and seemingly limitless creativity will have you tossing out your take-out menus in favor of healthy, flavorful home cooking.

Softcover | 1056 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"The Joy Of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer

The Joy of Cooking is more than a cookbook, it's the ultimate kitchen reference guide. You'll find recipes for just about anything you could ever want to make as well as detailed technical instruction, ingredient information and more. Masterfully updated to suit today's home cooking trends, it's a book no kitchen should be without.

Hardcover | 1152 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"The New Best Recipe" by Cook's Illustrated Magazine

The New Best Recipe is a definitive collection of recipes from the pages of Cook's Illustrated Magazine. You'll find recipes for every course, from appetizers to desserts, each one tested and retested. Included is the information that explains what works and what doesn't - knowledge sure to make you a better cook all around.

Hardcover | 1000 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"Cooking" by James Peterson

James Peterson's Cooking is a collection of 600 recipes and over 1500 how-to photos. The book covers cooking fundamentals, classic recipes, and a nice variety of ethnic dishes. Each section offers basic ingredient information, recipes for a range of skill levels and a wealth of related tips designed to enhance your general food knowledge.

Hardcover | 560 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques" by Jacques Pépin

Written by a classically-trained culinary master, Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques is an instructional resource with over 600 techniques, 160 recipes and thousands of step-by-step photos. It covers basics like knife-sharpening, making stock or pie crust, as well as advanced techniques like making pâtés, terrines and puff pastry dough.

Hardcover | 728 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"The Flavor Bible" by Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

The Flavor Bible isn't a cookbook, but a guide for combining various seasonings and ingredients to create fabulously flavorful, well-balanced dishes. Organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, the book is an invaluable resource when creating new recipes and planning dinner menus.

Hardcover | 392 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"Get Saucy" by Grace Parisi

Get Saucy is a comprehensive collection of easy-to-make recipes for sauces, marinades, rubs, dressings and more and a great resource for elevating the flavor of ordinary foods. The book includes basics like vinaigrettes and barbecue sauces, as well as unique recipes inspired by a myriad of ethnic cuisines.

Softcover | 448 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

"The Baking Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Written by award-winning author Rose Levy Beranbaum, The Baking Bible is a must-have for anyone who enjoys baking - and even more important for people who don't. Beranbaum's foolproof proportions and clear, concise instructions will help you bake everything from fruit pies to cheesecake to classic brioche and more.

Hardcover | 576 pages ~ [ find on Amazon ]

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