Best Cookbooks for Home CookingAugust 19, 2017 by Jenny
Recently, Epicurious published their list of the 100 best home cooks of all time. Now the editors have derived a list of cookbooks recommended for the new collector pulled from that list with The Food Lab being given the coveted position of number one.
In July, I complied a list of books that I recommended to elevate your cooking game based on my thoughts and those of other cookbook lovers with The Food Lab being a top contender and probably my number one pick as well.
If I am being honest, I disagree with many of their selections – especially for a new cook wanting to build a repertoire of go-to guides. While I have some of the books that have made this list, I wouldn’t recommend them to a novice cook or someone who wants to actually utilize the books they acquire. I know many cookbook collectors love The Joy of Cooking and Betty Crocker books but I’ve never used either and recently just donated my copy of Joy of Cooking which I was holding onto merely for sentimental reasons.
I whole-heartedly agree with suggestions such as The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Small Victories, Dinner Changing the Game and My Kitchen Year for someone wanting to build
their library for home cooking – while I understand they are
building their recommendations from their greatest cooks list, many
aren’t logical to me. Certain titles on their list focus on
international cuisines and some home cooks aren’t ready for diving
into unchartered waters, other titles focus on food writing which I
feel most dedicated cooks would only enjoy and while I would surely
recommend the classics on this list (Julia Child,
Hazan and Paula Wolfert) down the road in a culinary
adventure, I wouldn’t go right out and buy for a newbie.
In my opinion, The Food Lab, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Taste & Technique help explain the core basics in an exciting and modern way and other books such as Food52 Genius Recipes, Food52 A New Way to Dinner and any of Diana Henry‘s titles are my go to for adding some oomph to my dinner rotation.
Updated: Tasting Table just published their thirteen top cookbooks every homecook should own. My same thoughts apply.
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