By Anna Kocharian

Published on December 8, 2015

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child

Mastering the art of French cooking is no easy feat, yet with Childs’ seasoned approach – which includes over 524 inspired recipes, helpful illustrations, and simplified techniques – there are no shortage of mouthwatering possibilities for both accomplished cooks and beginners alike.

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The Kinfolk Table
Nathan Williams

From the acclaimed quarterly glossy, Kinfolk, comes a renowned collection of unique recipes, stripped of the extraneous in lieu of a more sensible approach and simplified aesthetic.

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Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book
Better Homes and Gardens


Recipes, photos, and everything else in between. This trusted title has long been a staple in kitchens across America, featuring “Secrets to Success” to help with mastering each recipe.

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond’s down-to-earth approach to cooking is inspiring to say the least. From American classics to the heartland’s basics, consider this a kitchen essential. 

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The Flavor Bible
Karen Page


A curated compilation of time-tested recipes and helpful insights on unique flavor combinations from the culinary leaders of our time. 

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The Best New Recipe
Cook’s Illustrated

With thousands of pages of tirelessly tested and conceivably perfected recipes, this extensive edition also includes an array of helpful tutorials and myriad variations of each culinary conquest.

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Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Ina Garten

Obvious title aside, Garten’s latest book features a slew of delicious recipes to be made in advance, without compromising on taste. 

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Essentials Of Classic Italian Cooking
Marcella Hazan

Dubbed as an authentic guide to Italian cooking, this classic title features a number of approachable recipes and valuable insights on technique. 

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Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes
Yotam Ottolenghi

With over 120 veggie-friendly recipes, this title boasts a variety of innovative takes on classic dishes. A must-have for the vegetarian household. 

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Joy of Cooking
Irma S. Rombauer

Regardless of the edition – new or passed down through generations – this collection of beloved recipes embodies the quintessence of classic cooking.

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The Baking Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum

From world-renowned baker Rose Levy Beranbaum comes an extensive set of celebrated recipes for a variety of crowd-pleasing baked goods and scrumptious pastries. 

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James Beard’s American Cookery
James Beard


Consider this collection of timeless recipes and instructional insights from world-renowned chef James Beard the standard book of reference no cook should be without. 

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French Provincial Cooking
Elizabeth David  


What promises to be a culinary journey through France’s Provincial district, David’s elegantly simple approach to classic French cuisine celebrates the essence of the infamous locale.

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How to Cook Everything
Mark Bitterman


This celebrated title boasts over 2,000 simplified recipes, focused on using the best ingredients minus the complicated equipment.

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Huckleberry
Zoe Nathan

From rustic cakes to gluten free scones comes a variety of delicious (and healthy!) recipes from the esteemed Santa Monica spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café.