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The top 10 cookbooks everyone should own

Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM ET

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

The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten

3) Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker

4) Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

5) The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen

The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen

6) The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser

 Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser

7) Larousse Gastonomique

Larousse Gastonomique

8) Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

9) Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

10) Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease by Rozanne Gold

 Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease by Rozanne Gold

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

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