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post #1 of 10
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So, I was going through the recently and I happened to find an article on the best cook books of all time. Here's a few of them, I thought would be nice to share here. 


1. Baking: From My Home to Yours, Dorie Greenspan

If you are a lover of "Baking With Julia", then you should be familiar with this book too. If not, then it's something you should go through. Seems like it has the best baking stuffs coming from the experts. 


2. The New York Times Cookbook, Craig Claiborne

These recipes are a reflection of Craig Claiborne's work at the New York Times. The recipes here are a combination from various sources, but sure are tested.


3. The Art of Simple Food, Alice Waters

This is completely based on best-in- season ingredients. It has more than 200 recipes and I just can't wait to get my hands on one of it's editions. 


4. Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer

This is one book that I got personally interested in. I'm a lover of home cooking and this book has a collection of all such recipes. Hence, I'm really looking forward to read this one.


5. Marcella’s Italian, Kitchen Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan, is known to be the godmother of Italian cooking. So, if you're a lover of Italian food and you wanna try your luck on some, then this is the cook book you need to refer. 


There are many more of such awesome books. Just plotted down a few I liked. Please do share any of your personal favorite cook books here. Would love to get a good list of all the best cook books. 

post #2 of 10

That's a tough call. "of all time."  

I"d have to include Jacques Pepins Complete Techniques.

Michael Ruhlmans' Ratios.

Sauces by James Peterson.

Charles Ranofers' Epicurean, Larousse Gastronomique and Escoffier are more encyclopedic than straight cookbook.

The French cookbooks by Child, Bertholle and Beck. 

Thomas Keller French Laundry is a great book but not so broad, covering mostly what is done in the restaurant and not as much general use. 

       I'd vote for the Joy of Cooking as the overall best book of all time, especially earlier versions. There's very little that isn't covered and it's useful for home cook and professional alike. If I ever have a fundamental question, that's the book I refer to. Then the other books are great for inspiration or specific questions or cuisines. 

post #3 of 10
Those are great. For low country cooking the original River Road Cookbook has fantastic recipes, my favorite being Crab Mornay and Spinach Madeline though I adapt it for lower salt.
post #4 of 10

My pics are, I think, are simple. I'm not all so crazy about your standard "cook books". I prefer these three(3) magazines. 


Cooks Illustrated, Cooks Country and Food & Wine magazines. 

post #5 of 10
To add:

Escoffier, Le guide

Paul Prudhomme, Louisiana Kitchen

Shizuo Tsuji, Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

I'm sure I'll think of others....
post #6 of 10
Jacques Pepin's Table: The Complete Today's Gourmet
The recipes work. The roasted chicken is simplistic perfection. My ex took this book in the divorce, the only cookbook in my collection he wanted.

Jacques Pepin La Technique: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking
The basics explained clearly as only Pepin can do.

The Green's Cookbook by Deborah Madison and Edward Espe Brown
Madison and Brown taught the world that vegetarian is extraordinary. At 25, inexperienced and blinded by ambition, I spent an entire day making the béchamel lasagna, handmade pasta and all. After the first delicious bite, I realized nothing is more satisfying than the fruits of one's labor.

The Way to Cook Julia Child's
Child's creates master recipes that can be adapted for various dishes. Classic techniques simplified for the home cook. Aside from learning to make wondrous things like pate a choux, I learned never to place a $50 cookbook on the stovetop while the stove is still on.
post #7 of 10

Glad to see some of my own picks are already mentioned ....


Julia Child's "the way to cook", Jacques Pepin's "Complete Techniques"...



have any of you checked out the website

might be of interest.

post #8 of 10
if you already know how to cook i would include

Le Repertoire De La Cuisine: The World Renowned Classic Used by the Experts
1st Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0812051087, ISBN-10: 0812051084

If you havent seen it before it includes ingredient list only and assumes you know what to do with them.
post #9 of 10

I'm kind of a science minded person and the two latest cookbooks I bought are great for that.


For BBQ - Meathead   Everything I have made out of this book is perfect because the detailed explanations and how to set up a grill properly.  Plus he busts a lot of myths of cooking by actually testing things in the laboratory (a PhD in Physics from Harvard does the testing.


The Food Lab - along the same lines.  But for stove cooking.

post #10 of 10
I would add:

Harold McGee: the science and lore of the kitchen

Although not a strictly a cook book, I think it's a pretty essential book in my collection

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