My Top 10 Favorite Cookbooks

I have a cookbook obsession. Of course, this is just a natural combination of my book collecting obsession and my passion for cooking.

Of course, living in an apartment makes owning all these glorious cookbooks a challenge. Usually, I take advantage of the public library for books in general, and cookbooks specifically. This is my go-to resource for finding new techniques, learning new methods, and exploring different cooking styles and cuisines.

This leads me to the cookbooks that grace my bookshelves in my kitchen. These are my regular use cookbooks that I find myself using for meal planning, last minute baking binges, and tried and true recipes I use routinely.

1. The Family Dinner Cookbook by Laurie David

I love this book. Pantry Dinners, Meatless Mondays, Kids in the Kitchen, Perfect Roast Chicken. Blessings for the Table, I love it all!

2. Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

As the parent of a picky eater with a sensory processing disorder, this book saves my bacon time and time again. This book is all about the general methods for a great way to hide veggies in the kids favorite foods without changing taste and texture. For the non-picky eater it is great too. It brings opportunities to involve my kids in the kitchen and teach them the value of nutritious food, and how to incorporate good food choices into all food categories. Spinach brownies anyone?

3. Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

This is a natural partner to #2, simply because it goes a bit deeper by taking the methods a little further and creating more wonderful recipes!

4. The Joy of Cooking

This is my reference book. This is where I turn when I’ve made a mistake, messed something up, or continue to try recipe after recipe for biscuits and fail every time. This is where I learn not only how to do something, but why the method works, and how to apply it across recipes.

5. Mastering the Art of French Cooking

A Christmas gift from my mother one year, these books have taken my cooking to a deeper level. The French have proven time and again that they know how to do food right, and these books teach us how their methods work, and how to apply them into our daily cooking. I am definitely in love with these cookbooks!

6. Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten

Ina Garten has taken French cooking techniques and philosophies and made them feel more accessible and reachable to the everyday home cook. I love this book for the wonderful photos and the delicious recipes. The Banaba Sour Cream Pancakes are a weekend favorite in this house!

7. Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook

This is my go-to for the basics. If I need to make cookies and want to play with add-ins. If I need a basic muffin, or a plain zucchini bread. This is the book for me when I’m starting something new and want the flexibility to play around with a recipe. It is perfect for foundational recipes!

8. Food Rules: An Eaters Manual by Michael Pollan

While this is not a cookbook, it is a great book to have on hand to remind you what a reasonable relationship with food entails. I’ve read and reread this book several times, and often just seeing it in the cookbook mix will remind me of one or the other rules that I’ve been lax on.

9. Slow Cooker Revolution

This is a new book in my collection. I am not a big user of the crockpot outside of the usual stews and roasts, so this book is my reference for trying out new crockpot ideas. The book is put together by America’s Test Kitchen, so you know they tried all variations of ingredients, methods, times and any other possible variable. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable with a new cooking medium.

10. Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table by Jenny Rosenstrach

This is a must read, and reread for any family cook. A collections of stories, recipes, and reflections on creating family bonds at the dinner table. Definitely a favorite on my bookshelves!


What cookbooks are shelved in a place on honor in your kitchen?

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