Cooking is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can share with family and friends, and cookbooks are still one of the best ways you can learn how to cook. This list of essential cookbooks are either should be classics or are classics that every cook should have to build their foundation of skills. There is sure to be a book on this list that will appeal to you, no matter what your culinary preferences.
1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
This is one of the most beloved cookbooks that have had a profound impact on American cooks for generations. This book teaches the cook how to create classic French dishes, and also instructs the reader on how to buy and prepare the raw ingredients.
2. How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
With over 2,000 recipes, this book will expand any aspiring chef’s culinary knowledge.
3. Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
Created by one of the best bread makers in the world, Chad Robertson shares his knowledge and experience in bread making. Incredibly instructive and with incredible photography by Eric Wolfinger, this cookbook takes the fear out of the bread-making process.
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook- Ina Garten. This straightforward, approach to classic recipes is what makes Ina Garten one of the most beloved chefs. She walks the reader through creating simple, but elegant feasts and there is something for everyone.
4. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
No cookbook collection would be complete without this book. After 75 years, this book has changed the way many women approach cooking at home.
5. The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
Called the Julia Child of vegetarian cooking, Deborah Madison offers one of the most comprehensive cookbooks on vegetarian cooking ever published.
6. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
Filled with step-by-step images of easy and fast meals, these recipes have been tested and compared to other options and is a book you will turn to, time and again.
7. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
Who doesn’t love a good Italian meal? Marcella Hazan explains in great detail how to cook authentic Italian dishes with fresh ingredients that are accessible to home cooks. This is a must have for anyone who loves cooking.
8. Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
Leave it to Martha Stewart to break down the basics of baking. This book offers a step-by-step guide that makes it easy for even the novice of bakers.
The Fannie Farmer Cookbook-Marion Cunningham. Originally published in 1896, this great American cookbook has over 1,990 recipes that range from plain to fancy.