The 13 Essential Cookbooks Every Home Cook Should Own

  1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
  2.  The New Best Recipe, by Cook’s Illustrated
  3. The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
  4. Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, by Alice Waters
  5. Twelve Recipes, by Cal Peternell
  6. The Cake Bible, by Rose Levy Beranbaum
  7. Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan
  8. Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker
  9. Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, by Fannie Merritt Farmer
  10. The Food Lab, by J. Kenji López-Alt
  11. On Food and Cooking, by Harold McGee
  12. The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, by Martha Stewart Living Magazine
  13. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan


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Behind every great home cook is a dog-eared cookbook, stained with olive oil and splashes of red wine that they were “cooking with.” Just ask any member of our digital cookbook club, and they’ll tell you: A good book makes for the best sous-chef. Here’s a baker’s dozen of the tried-and-true cookbooks we turn to time after time.

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