While we love to create custom and personalized cookbooks at Cookbook Create, there are some essential books you need in your kitchen to get you going. Whether it’s learning about various knife skills, shopping for ingredients, perfecting pie crust, or seasoning your dish just right, cookbooks provide so much information about the culinary arts. There are so many to choose from, but here are 10 amazing cookbooks you should have in your kitchen to be ultimate chef at home!
1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child was a pioneer in bringing French cooking into the American home. Her incredible cookbook includes instructive drawings as well as extensive instructions on how to create authentic French dishes.
2. How to Cook Everything
From former New York Times Food Critic, Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything aims to help home cooks explore the work of simple cooking and create great dishes. With easy techniques and straightforward instructions, you’ll be cooking crowd pleasing meals in no time.
3. The Baking Bible
From Rose Levy Bernabaum, everything you need to know about baking is in The Baking Bible. From cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, pastries, breads and more, the detailed instructions will help you create scrumptious treats. Most importantly, each recipe is foolproof!
4. Joy of Cooking
A timeless kitchen essential from Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker, Joy of Cooking is an incredible teaching cookbook. Learn cooking methods such as braising, steaming, roasting, sauteeing, and deep-frying- this book will bring you a whole new confidence in the kitchen.
From America’s most celebrated butcher, Pat Lafrieda provides the ultimate book of meat with recipes for beef, pork, veal, lamb, and poultry. Meat not only teaches you how to cook various types of meat, but also how to purchase the best and most flavorful cuts and insider tips for butchering techniques.
6. The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century
Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award in General Cooking, The Essential New York TImes Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser (New York Times food columnist) compiles treasures recipes from NYT subscribers with some updates. From learning how to make a 19th century granita to executing rolling dough properly, this cookbook filled with timeless recipes will get your cooking creative juices flowing!
7. The Flavor Bible
Beautiful ingredients flourish and shine with proper seasoning. The Flavor Bible from Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg provides extensive notes on how to creative incredible flavor combinations with the ingredients you have on hand. With tips collected from chefs working in the top restaurants in the country, you’ll soon be making recipes to exhilarate your taste buds.
8. Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook
From iconic food TV personality, Martha Stewart, Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook provides step by step instructions for all you need to excel in the kitchen. From properly holding you knife, to selecting the best ingredients, to executing a recipe- this book will provide the foundation to make you an excellent cook!
9. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook
Looking for tried and tested vegetarian recipes to add into your repertoire? The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen provides more than 300 recipes that will make you fall in love with vegetables. With a mix of gluten free and vegan recipes, these veggie-packed dishes will help you get in more of those vegetables and grains at each of your meals.
10. James Beard’s American Cookery
From one of the most acclaimed chef and food writer in the nation, James Beard, comes his book American Cookery. With superb recipes of American classics, the book also provides history behind many of the dishes. For recipes from appetizers to desserts, this book will be the bible and staples for American cooking in your kitchen.
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