What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks? An Open Call For Submissions

cookbooks | September 23, 2008 | By

By Danny

Best Cookbooks

So Many Cookbooks, So Little Time

There are so many cookbooks out there that I rarely know which ones to trust. Because of the over-abundance of cookbooks, I tend to stick to five or so books that are tried and true.

I was recently inspired by the boys at The Bitten Word to go through my food magazines and pick out recipes that I’ve always wanted to try. With post-it notes in hand, I started flagging all of the recipes that peeked my interest, hoping that I would eventually make some of them. Having gone through all of my magazines, I quickly moved on to my cookbooks. Only having five cookbooks however, I quickly ran out of recipes to flag…which got me thinking—“I need some new cookbooks!” But which ones should I buy? There are so many?!

Open Call For Submissions

That’s where you come in, my friends! I’m starting a list of the very best cookbooks, submitted by you, our readers, and making an ultimate cookbook resource list!

More on the Ultimate Cookbook List after the jump…

Here’s how it works. I’ll start the list off with my favorite 5 cookbooks. Readers will then have the opportunity to submit one cookbook to add to the list. I’ll take submissions for a week or two, and once I’ve gathered all of the submissions, I will re-post the complete list! If you’re a food blogger or have your own website, let me know and I will add a link to your site next to your submission. Make sure to pick your very favorite cookbook…one that you’ve tried and are sure others would like! Submissions should be posted in the comments.

Ultimate Cookbook List

1. The Joy of Cooking – Irma S. Rombauer
2. The Silver Palate Cookbook – Rosso & Lukins
3. The Dean & Deluca Cookbook – David Rosengarten
4. The Bread Bible – Rose Levy Beranbaum
5. Tartine Cookbook – Prueitt/Robertson


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    Heidi from SavoryTv
    October 6, 2008

    I’m a cookbook fanatic, so it’s hard to pick only one! But I really like the Whole Foods Market cookbook for recipes and reference.

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    October 6, 2008

    I don’t usually use cookbooks but when I do need one the most dog-eared cookbook on my shelf would be an old Fannie Farmer book, with an equally old Boston Cooking School book coming in second. I can find basic instructions for cooking just about everything in one or the other and then take it from there to do my own thing.

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    October 6, 2008

    Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison is the best book I’ve found for cooking vegetables. And I’m not vegetarian.

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    October 6, 2008

    I’m a big fan of Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries – fantastic grub!

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    October 6, 2008

    First, I have to admit that I really can’t follow a cookbook recipe anymore – I just have to inject my own ideas. When i was starting out, though, i learned so much from Dean and DeLuca! It still sits on my shelf, and provides me with inspriration from time to time.

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    October 6, 2008

    I nominate: I’m Just Here for the Food, version 2.0 by Alton Brown. I’ve learned so much about the science of cooking from this book.

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    October 6, 2008

    There is no way I can pick one favorite, but I’ve really been enjoying The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. Can’t wait to see the final list!

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    October 6, 2008

    I’ve been obsessed for the last couple of months with Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver. Every recipe I’ve tried has been fantastic!

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    cj coppola
    October 6, 2008

    Definately Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

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    October 6, 2008

    I have to go with Nigel Slater’s Appetite – it’s the book that is most covered in food in our kitchen. The spine is cracked, the pages dog-eared. I love it because it gives variations on a recipe and gives you the confidence to try variations of your own. Brilliant book.

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    October 6, 2008

    I’m a cookbook addict, so I’m mostly excited to see the final list!! If I had to chose one, I’d choose The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, but I see that you already have one bread cookbook. It’s really hard to choose just one though!

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    October 6, 2008

    It’s so hard to pick just one! I’ll go with Donna Hay Flavors. It offers a lot of variety, great photos, and simple recipes.

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    jose nazario
    October 6, 2008

    i second marcella’s classic “the essentials of classic italian cooking”. i currently enjoy learning from The Great Book of French Cuisine: Revised Edition by Henri-Paul Pellaprat and Jeremiah Tower. i am looking for a similar book on spanish cooking, i haven’t found one i like.

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    October 6, 2008

    My nomination is the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.


    Baking Illustrated: A Best Recipe Classic by The Editors of Cooking Illustrated Magazine.

    I love both of them and use them often.

    I’m also a huge fan of the Tartine cookbook, but you have it listed already 🙂

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    October 6, 2008

    I grew up with Betty Crocker and moved on to the The French Laundry.

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    October 6, 2008

    I nominate Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver… excellent easy to follow recipe’s.

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    October 6, 2008

    I nominate:
    In the Kennedy Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections of a Great American Family by Neil Connolly.

    Every time I make something from this cookbook, it’s the best version of that dish I’ve ever had. It’s easy to follow, the results are tasty, and the book is beautiful


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    October 6, 2008

    I nominate The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan. Reliable and everything always turns out so well.

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    Clay @ The Bitten Word
    October 6, 2008

    My nomination: How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.

    The name says it all. It’s endlessly useful and I often myself turning to it for basic pointers on dealing with all kinds of meats and vegetables.

    Great idea for a post!

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    February 2, 2009

    I nominate “Daisy Cooks” by Daisy Martinez

    If you love Latina cooking, you will love this book. It has recipes from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Columbia. Every one is delicious.

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    April 16, 2009

    I have to second How to Cook Everything, I could not live without that book. (HTCE Vegetarian is also excellent)

    Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin is a beautiful and practical cookbook, full of simple recipes that you will actually make. Love it!

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    September 20, 2009

    I would like to add Veganomicon by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero. That is truly a bible for most vegan cooks, including me.

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