The top 10 cookbooks everyone should own

Best Cookbooks You Should Own
The Top 10 Cookbooks Everyone Should Own

For some people, choosing a favorite cookbook is like choosing a favorite child. It might be even harder because there are hundreds of extraordinary books that have been published over the years. But the focus of this list is cookbooks you will want to use in your kitchen today.

Besides noting for the record that there are certainly many, many valid other choices, the following also needs to be explained. Most focused ethnic cookbooks (Mexican, Chinese) had to be skipped as did most books by chefs, books with esoteric or specific focuses (family, desserts, braising) and if you are a vegetarian, for example, your list might look a lot different.

With all of those explanations and qualifications out of the way, in no particular order, here are the 10 cookbooks that belong in everyone’s kitchen, if they don’t have a place already.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

1) How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

2) The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten

<div class="gif-article"> <h2>3) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Cooking-75th-Anniversary-2006/dp/0743246268/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471446&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Joy+of+Cooking">Joy of Cooking</a></em> by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker</h2> <div class="view15 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752819" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752819-joy-of-cooking.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>4) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Classic-Italian-Cooking-Marcella/dp/039458404X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471581&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=The+Essentials+of+Italian+Cooking">Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking</a></em> by Marcella Hazan</h2> <div class="view17 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752820" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752820-italian-cooking.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>5) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Barbecue-Bible-Steven-Raichlen/dp/0761149430/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471695&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=The+Barbecue!+Bible">The Barbecue! Bible</a></em> by Steven Raichlen</h2> <div class="view19 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752821" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752821-bbq-bible.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>6) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Essential-New-York-Times-Cookbook/dp/0393061035/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471797&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=The+Essential+New+York+Times+Cookbook">The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century</a></em> by Amanda Hesser</h2> <div class="view21 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752822" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752822-nyt.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>7) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Larousse-Gastronomique-Greatest-Encyclopedia-Completely/dp/0307464911/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471890&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=larousse+gastronomique">Larousse Gastonomique</a></em></h2> <div class="view23 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752823" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752823-Larousse-Gastonomique.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>8) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Cooking-Everyone-Deborah-Madison/dp/0767927478/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361471971&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Vegetarian+Cooking+for+Everyone">Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone</a></em> by Deborah Madison</h2> <div class="view25 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752824" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752824-Vegetarian-Cooking-for-Ever.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>9) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Palate-Cookbook-25th-Anniversary/dp/0761145974/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361472143&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Silver+Palate ">Silver Palate Cookbook</a></em> by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso</h2> <div class="view27 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752825" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752825-Silver-Palate.jpg"> <div class="gif-article"> <h2>10) <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Radically-Simple-Brilliant-Breathtaking-Award-Winning/dp/1605294705/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361472273&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Radically+Simple">Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease</a></em> by Rozanne Gold</h2> <div class="view29 image-editor media-editor image align-none medium" data-imagesize="medium" data-alignment="none" data-id="images/2D274905752826" contenteditable="false" data-imageurl="http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/streams/2014/May/140501/2D274905752826-Radically-Simple.jpg"> <p>A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.</p>

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