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6 Cookbook Series We Collect, Book After Book

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You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks.

Today: The cookbook series we can't get enough of.

Around here, Canal House is our Hunger GamesMoosewood our Nancy Drew. Martha might as well be J.K. Rowling (or is that Ina?), and we won’t postulate on who E.L. James is (though open to suggestions in the comments).

While cookbook series may never turn into movies or get their own fan fiction, we’re okay if some take over our cookbook shelves. You know the  ones: When a new book comes out, you have to have it. You line it up next to the others in the series, and you collect them all like heirlooms—because they’re good and friendly and because book after book teaches you something new.

Working on our cookbook series, which we’re calling Food52 Works, got us thinking about these kinds of series, which we hope ours will become. Whether we’re more Twilight or Baby-Sitters Club we’ll leave up to you.

More: Preorder the next two books in our series, Baking and Vegan.


Here are some of the cookbook series we collect (and hope never end):

Williams Sonoma

Merrill: My most tattered is Hors d'Oeuvre, where I sourced many of the recipes for my fledgling catering business years ago in Boston—also where the Genius crab cakes recipe originated.


Silver Palate

Merrill: Genius molasses cookies! Green sauce! So many other gems!


Barefoot Contessa


LeslieIna! (But particularly Barefoot in Paris.)

Ali: While my mom had all the Barefoot Contessa books, Family Style was the most used by far. The first time I made mac and cheese and chicken pot pie (talk about family style), I followed the Barefoot Contessa recipes.


Canal House

Riddley: I learned to cook from Canal House—end of story.

MerrillSo gorgeous to thumb through and find inspiration.

More: Seven Canal House recipes that make good meals even better.



SarahIt feels like each book has a ton of recipes that are all familiar, but not at all boring—reliable, but not trendy. The photography is clean and graphic, with tremendous detail given to the food instead of props. My favorites: Cakes and Cookies.




Caroline: Moosewoods! Some of the first cookbooks I really cooked for myself from. And all those hand drawn graphics are so wonderful.

Photos by Bobbi Lin, James Ransom, and Don Engongoro.

What cookbook series do you collect? Let us know in the comments!

Tags: Vegan, Food52 Works, Books, Cookbooks