The Joy of Cookbooks: 11 Cookbooks We Can’t Live Without
Despite the fact that we live in the digital age, cookbooks remain more vital than ever. Passed down through the generations and perfect for gifting, cookbooks are an authoritative repository of our favorite recipes. Even if they’re only used for decorative purposes, a beautifully designed cookbook feels deliciously decadent. Taking you from cozy American kitchens to the famed bistros of Paris, from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to the streets of Manhattan, these scrumptious cookbooks will inspire the avid and the reluctant home cook alike.
1Joy of Cooking
This beloved classic has been teaching generations of Americans how to cook for seventy-five years—it has answered countless kitchen questions and averted many a culinary crisis. An essential for home chefs of all skill levels, this anniversary edition offers endless choices for virtually every occasion, situation, and need.
2Elizabeth David on Vegetables
Bringing the color and vibrancy of Mediterranean dishes to the dour English kitchen, Elizabeth David revolutionized British cooking in the mid-twentieth century. This is the first time her beloved vegetable recipes have been collected in a single volume, and this beautiful cookbook is a must-have for anyone wishing to give vegetables a starring role in the kitchen.
3Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust
In the words of bestselling author Roxane Gay, Ina Garten is “flawless. Her show is hypnotic . . . I love her so much my wireless network is named ‘Barefoot Contessa.’” But really, Ina will teach you everything you need to know about hosting a wildly successful dinner party—from planning a menu to coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. Foolproof is a cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.
4The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
If you’ve been on the Internet in the last decade or so, odds are you’ve fallen in love with Deb Perelman’s irresistible blog, Smitten Kitchen. Known for creating delicious and delectable meals from her tiny Manhattan kitchen, Deb brings her trademark warmth, candor, and can-do spirit to this long-awaited cookbook.
5The Pollan Family Table
Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has changed the way Americans think about food. Now his mother and three sisters invite you into their warm and inspiring kitchens with The Pollan Family Table, a cookbook that will help you create delicious, nourishing meals and cultivate traditions that bring families back to the table.
6Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Two of the world’s most respected chefs were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Sami Tamimi on the Arab east side, and Yotam Ottolenghi on the Jewish west. In this beloved cookbook, they have produced a unique cross-cultural exploration of the city’s diverse and vibrant flavors, which ranges from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts.
7The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
This acclaimed cookbook was one of the first to trumpet the nutritional benefits of the world’s healthiest cuisine. Rich in flavor and healthy nutrients but low in saturated fats and cholesterol, here are recipes that will delight your palate and nourish your body and soul—and that can be prepared with ease in your home kitchen.
8My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
Parisian culinary culture has transformed since Julia Child brought French cuisine to the post-war American masses. A new generation of chefs and home cooks now incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. Here, David Lebovitz remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents one hundred sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today.
9My Father’s Daughter
Whether you love Gwyneth Paltrow or hate her, this cookbook is kind of fantastic. Celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, this luscious collection of ideas for breakfast, sandwiches, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts will inspire readers to cook great food with the people who mean the most to them.
10How to Cook Everything
This award-winning cookbook will help you relax and enjoy yourself in the kitchen as you prepare delicious meals for every occasion. With Mark Bittman’s straightforward instructions and advice, you’ll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ingredients, simple techniques, and basic equipment.
11Alice’s Tea Cup
Nestled in locations on Manhattan’s Upper East and Upper West Side, Alice’s Tea Cup is New York’s most whimsical spot for afternoon tea. This cookbook shares more than eighty recipes for scones, cakes, and sandwiches, as well as Haley and Lauren Fox’s charming tea-making philosophy, ready to be applied to your own Wonderland-inspired tea party.