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A Call for 10 Essential Cookbooks, and a Giveaway

June 11, 2012

Cookbooks

Every home cook has their cookbooks: the ones front and center on their shelf, the ones they turn to advice, for courage, for inspiration.

We want to hear yours.

Leave your 10 essential cookbooks in the comments section of this post (we know, it’s hard), and help us create The FOOD52 Cookbook Library. We’ll choose the top 10 cookbooks from all of your answers, and Jane Mount from Ideal Bookshelf will do an original painting and printing of their bindings (see below for an example). When the top 10 are announced the week of June 25, Jane’s print will be offered in the FOOD52 Shop for only $19 (that’s 32% savings exclusively for FOOD52). There will also be a special offer for FOOD52 community members to order their own custom painting!

Just like we crowd-sourced our cookbooks and our iPad app, we’re crowd-sourcing our list of favorite cookbooks, and creating a piece of art along with it. 

And the best part? One lucky commenter who submits their top 10 will win Jane’s original painting of The Food52 Essential Cookbooks (a $345 value). 

Now, tell us! What are your 10 essential cookbooks?

 

330 Comments

Emma C. January 26, 2014
Hi, Just to let you know I've tallied all of the votes and created a list by most popular: <br />http://www.gustoso.com.au/blog/review/the-top-49-essential-cookbooks-as-voted-for-on-food52-com/
 
GregoryBPortland September 19, 2012
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman <br />Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver <br />The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan <br />Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen by LIdia Bastianich <br />The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser <br />All of Lee Bailey's Cookbooks <br />Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan <br />Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter <br />Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver <br />Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells <br />
 
GregoryBPortland September 19, 2012
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman <br />Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver <br />The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan <br />Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen by LIdia Bastianich <br />The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser <br />All of Lee Bailey's Cookbooks <br />Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan <br />Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter <br />Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver <br />Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells <br />
 
luvcookbooks September 19, 2012
Good Things, by Jane Grigson <br />How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman <br />Quick and Easy Vietnamese, by Nancie Macdermott <br />The Supper Book by Marion Cunningham <br />The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham <br />The Essential New York Times Cookbook, by Amanda Hesser <br />Salts, Spices and Aromatics in the English Kitchen, by Elizabeth David <br />The Savory Way, by Deborah Madison <br />Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Mollie Katzen <br />Pastries from La Brea Bakery, Nancy Silverton
 
luvcookbooks September 19, 2012
Good Things, by Jane Grigson <br />How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman <br />Quick and Easy Vietnamese, by Nancie Macdermott <br />The Supper Book by Marion Cunningham <br />The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham <br />The Essential New York Times Cookbook, by Amanda Hesser <br />Salts, Spices and Aromatics in the English Kitchen, by Elizabeth David <br />The Savory Way, by Deborah Madison <br />Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Mollie Katzen <br />Pastries from La Brea Bakery, Nancy Silverton
 
ramrak July 4, 2012
The Kitchen Diaries, Nigel Slater <br />The Cook's Companion, Stephanie Alexander <br />Bill's Open Kitchen, Bill Granger <br />Fresh, Marie Claire <br />Encyclopaedia of Food and Cooking, Margaret Fulton <br />Winter on the Farm, Matthew Evans <br />Jamie Does... ,Jamie Oliver <br />Jamie's Italy, Jamie Oliver <br />The Complete Asian Cookbook, Charmaine Solomon <br />Saraban, Greg Malouf <br />Cooking and Travelling in Southwestern France Stephanie Alexander <br />Food Heroes, Rick Stein <br />The Free Range Cook, Annabel Langbein <br />The Pie and Pastry Bible, Rose Levy Barenbaum <br />The Handmade Loaf, Dan Lepard.
 
ramrak July 4, 2012
The Kitchen Diaries, Nigel Slater <br />The Cook's Companion, Stephanie Alexander <br />Bill's Open Kitchen, Bill Granger <br />Fresh, Marie Claire <br />Encyclopaedia of Food and Cooking, Margaret Fulton <br />Winter on the Farm, Matthew Evans <br />Jamie Does... ,Jamie Oliver <br />Jamie's Italy, Jamie Oliver <br />The Complete Asian Cookbook, Charmaine Solomon <br />Saraban, Greg Malouf <br />Cooking and Travelling in Southwestern France Stephanie Alexander <br />Food Heroes, Rick Stein <br />The Free Range Cook, Annabel Langbein <br />The Pie and Pastry Bible, Rose Levy Barenbaum <br />The Handmade Loaf, Dan Lepard.
 
MMERanger June 30, 2012
Joy of Cooking - Rombauer/Becker <br />One-Pot Vegetarian Dishes - Amy Cotler <br />Vegetable Haven - Mollie Katzen <br />The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook - Hearts Books <br />Vegetarian Express - Nava Atlas & Lillian Kayte <br />Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 - Lisa Lillien <br />The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook - Kim O'Donnel <br />The Vegetarian Family Cookbook - Nava Atlas <br />
 
Shri June 28, 2012
Baking From my Home to yours - Dorie Greenspan <br />Modern Spice - Monica Bhide <br />Street food of India - Sephi Bergerson <br />Martha Stewart Baking Handbook <br />Vegetarian Cooking for everyone - Deborah Madison <br />Barefoot Contessa Books - Ina Garten <br />Silver Spoon- Phaidon <br />The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen - Peter Berley <br />How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson <br />Mexican Everyday - Rick Bayless
 
dbcurrie June 28, 2012
1) Joy of Cooking - 50's era <br />2) Joy of Cooking - New (or new-ish) edition <br />3) Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook <br />4) Baking with Julia <br />5) King Arthur Flour's Baking Companion <br />6) Ball Blue Book of Canning <br />7) Lidia's Family Table <br />8) Authentic Mexican - Rick Bayless <br />9) Ratio - Ruhlman <br />10) Cookwise <br /> <br />If the two Joy of Cooking editions could count as one book I'd add The Perfect Scoop.
 
jac_73 June 24, 2012
Fanny Farmer - Marion Cunningham <br />In the Sweet Kitchen - Regan Daley <br />United States of Pie - Adrienne Kane <br />Forgotten Skills of Cooking - Darina Allen <br />How to Be A Domestic Goddess - Nigella Lawson <br />The Art of Eating In - Cathy Erway <br />The Pleasures of Cooking for One - Judith Jones <br />Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens
 
LeeLeeBee June 22, 2012
In addition to receiving the original painting, it would be neat for the winner to receive a set of the 10 essential cookbooks to gift to a friend just learning how to cook. <br /> <br />The Essential New York Times Cookbook - Hesser <br />The Joy of Cooking (75th Anniversary edition) <br />Colorado Collage - Junior League of Denver <br />Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I&II - Child <br />The Art of Simple Food - Waters <br />Sunday Suppers at Lucques - Goin <br />Classic Indian Cooking - Sahni <br />Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Hazen <br />Silver Palate Cookbook (25th Anniversary edition) <br />All About Braising - Stevens
 
Louise Q. June 22, 2012
1. Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum <br />2. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1-Julia Child <br />3. Larousse Gastronomique <br />4. On Food and Cooking, 1st Ed.-Harold McGee <br />5. Baking: From My Home to Yours-Dorie Greenspan <br />6. English Bread & Yeast Cookery-Elizabeth David <br />7 & 8. La Technique & La Methode-Jacques Pepin <br />9. La Varenne Pratique-Anne Willan <br />10. Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook-Amelia Saltsman <br />
 
ndubu656 June 21, 2012
Roasting - Kafka <br />Moosewood cookbook - Katzen <br />Breakfast Book - Cunningham <br />Silver Palate Cookbook - Lukins/Russo <br />Cuisines of Mexico - Kennedy <br />The Gourmet Cookbook - Reichl (yellow one) <br />The Book of Jewish Food - Roden <br />Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone - Madison <br />Cake Bible - Beranbaum <br />Fannie Farmer
 
oriordan June 20, 2012
How to Cook Everything - Mark Bittman <br />Simply French - Patricia Wells and Joel Robuchon <br />The Way to Cook - Julia Child <br />Weber's Art of The Grill <br />The New Basics - Julie Rosso and Sheila Lukins <br />Jamie at Home - Jamie Oliver <br />The Classic Italian Cookbook - Marcella Hazan
 
Melange June 20, 2012
How much fun is this? Here are my faves: <br /> <br />1. Joy of Cooking Rombauer <br />2. How to Cook Everything Mark Bittman <br />3. Tyler's Ultimate Tyler Florence <br />4. The Surreal Gourmet Entertains Bob Blumer <br />5. Lidia's Italian American Kitchen Lidia Bastianich <br />6. Barefoot Contessa Parties Ina Garten <br />7. Barefoot Contessa at Home Ina Garten <br />8. Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking <br />9. Down-Home Wholesome Dannella Carter <br />10. Delilah's Everyday Soul Delilah Winder
 
slsnyc June 20, 2012
First I had to think... do I use 10 different ones? But I love the print (the painting even better) so thought I would give it a try. <br />1. The Splendid Table's How to Cook Supper (Lynn Rosetto Kasper & Sally Sweet) <br />2. Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express, my current "go to". I probably should get his new "Basics"! <br />3. Great Food Fast from Everyday Food <br />for reference <br />4. The Victory Garden Cookbook (before I had Food 52, my go to source for basic veggie info.) <br />5. Vintage (early 70's?) Betty Crocker cookbook for classic cookie recipes (rare occasion.) <br />6. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Burroughs <br />7. The Cook's Bible by Christopher Kimball <br />Most of my old favorite cookbooks have remained untouched since I use Food 52 and recipes from Mark Bittman from NYT. <br />
 
Cody,Buchholz June 20, 2012
In no specific order: <br /> <br />The Whole Beast - Fergus Henderson <br />The Flavor Bible - Page & Dornenburg <br />Sauces - James Peterson <br />Herbs & Spices - Jill Norman <br />What to Drink with What you Eat - Page & Dornenburg <br />The Joy of Cooking - Rombauer & Becker <br />Sundays at Moosewood - The Moosewood Collective <br />On Food and Cooking - Harold McGee <br />Le Guide Culinaire - Escoffier <br />Larousse Gastronomique
 
kellyhere June 20, 2012
Desserts That Have Killed Better Men Than Me, Jeremy Jackson <br />Lidia's Italian American Kitchen, Lidia Bastianich <br />A Platter of Figs,David Tanis <br />Chez Panisse Cookbook, Alice Waters <br />The Zuni Cafe, Judy Rodgers <br />Authentic Mexican, Rick Bayless <br />Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen <br />Local Flavors, Deborah Madison <br />The Splendid Table, Lynn Rosetto Kasper <br />The Cake Bible, Rose Levy Berenbaum <br />
 
Mmmolly June 20, 2012
The Victory Garden Cookbook - Morash <br />The Way to Cook - Child <br />Essentials of Classic Indian Cooking - Hazan <br />Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking <br />The Breakfast Book - Cunningham <br />The Cook's Illustrated Complete Book of Poultry <br />Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone - Madison <br />Around My French Table - Greenspan <br />Make the Bread, Buy the Butter - Reese <br />Delia Smith's Winter Collection
 
Mmmolly June 20, 2012
Meant "Italian" not "Indian" for Hazan, of course.