14 Cookbooks You Must Have to Enrich Your Home Library Collections

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As a passionate reader I have been creating my home library since I can remember, to tell you the truth, and my favorite section is the one with cookbooks. I have never considered myself an excellent cook, I learned in time by collecting recipes, reading cookbooks, reading about experiences from other great cooks, and eventually I have become a great one (according to my friends and family).

I have never thought that cooking is neither hard nor easy, it is more of a passion, and I believe that every person has that particular spark that just needs to be recognized. This is my list of 14 must-have cookbooks and books about the art of cooking and eating.


1.   The Breakfast Bible By Seb Emina and Malcolm Eggs (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013)

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Isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? It surely is, and if you still have doubts, I think you should read this one because anything you wanted to know about breakfast, from almost every corner of the Earth, you will find here – from the one that includes eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and bread, to those first meals in India, the Balkans, South America and more. There are two words that I believe describe this book the best: witty and inspirational.

The most fascinating passages describe the breakfasts enjoyed by famous people over the centuries, from a review by David Leafe (The Daily Mail).


2.   The Joy of Cooking (Scribner, various editions 1931-2006)

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The New York Times bestseller offers varieties of simple and very complex recipes, bringing back the joy of cooking to anybody who read it, and, moreover, developing the passion for cooking, which many of us seek.



3.   The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden (Knopf; Revised edition, 2000)

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Today we can enjoy food from the Middle East, but when the first edition (1968) of this book was published many people have never tasted anything that was usually eaten or cooked in the Middle East.  Today, Middle Eastern foods are very popular, but very few know that Middle Eastern food gain popularity due to this book, in some way.


4.   Mastering The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck (Knopf, 1961)

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Do you love French cuisine, but you are not sure how to make those delicious meals? This is the book you need to have.


5.   Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan (Knopf, 1992)

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This is an essential cookbook for those who love, or should I say, adore Italian food. It is very informative and practical to use, with simple and easy-to use recipes that hide that recognizable, yet tempting and amazing, taste of the Italian kitchen. I have visited Italy many times, thus had a chance to truly experience life in this beautiful country. This cookbook brings back the memories and awakes the life I have experienced in Italy.


6.   1,000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra (Wiley 2002)

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The top priority of this book are the recipes, of course. With 1,000 recipes anybody can enjoy cooking and tasting fascinating Indian flavors. These recipes can show you how remarkable Indian cuisines really are.



7.   The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa by Marcus Samuelsson (Wiley, 2006)

The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of AfricaRead more or buy HERE!
(…) represents a personal culinary odyssey…sweeping photographs of Africa′s food, landscape and peoples…the result is a compelling blend of traditional recipes and a kind of personal fusion food.” (Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2006)

Is there anything more I need to add? If you do not have this book, you have not known foods and flavors of Africa.


8.   Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless (William Morrow, 1987)

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All you need to know about Mexican kitchen you will find in this book. The authors of the book were exploring the country for 4 years, and manage to collect recipes from family restaurants to street vendors. In the book you will also find notes on serving dishes, cooking techniques and both traditional and contemporary variations of the dishes.


9.   The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen: Recipes for the Passionate Cook by Paula Wolfert (Wiley, 2003)

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“Already a classic, this book is full of lusty Mediterranean dishes you can eat with abandon”, review of the New York Post, 2004. With this book you can truly find passion for cooking, experiencing the art of cooking.

Now I will list the books that are more thought-provoking and represent a certain philosophy of cooking, eating and nutrition in general. These books are not only books about cooking, they are more beautifully written novels or a critique of the industry, and due to this they deserve a special mention.


10.   Cooked by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, 2013)

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
In his book, Pollan calls us to eat with pleasure and to eat healthy. The book has four parts, and each part corresponds to one of the ancient elements: Fire, where he describes the techniques of cooking, Water, where he deals with cooking in a vessel, and boiling and braising, Air where he is “baking” and in Earth, he is brewing and making cheese. In the book he emphasizes that “the most important thing an ordinary person can do to help reform the American food system, (is) to make it healthier and more sustainable.


11.   Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

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Eating on the wild side is in a way a guide for everyone who wishes to learn more about the differences among fruits and vegetables, their variations, history and nutritional value. It is not just a “how-to” book, it offers a way that can improve and alter the way we eat.


12.   Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle (Running Press, 2013)

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim FederleRead more or buy HERE!

In my opinion, this review describes the book in an excellent way – “It’s a mixologist’s dream of literature-inspired drinks (and bar snacks) … Handsomely illustrated, full of literary trivia, summaries and snappy patter”, Mystery Scene Magazine. Delicious drink recipes and witty humor packed in a classic novel, what more can you wish for if you are a cocktail lover?


13.   Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (Random House, 2013)

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael MossRead more or buy HERE!


This is mandatory literature to learn more about processed food industry, to go behind the reasons why processed food is so “popular” and how big of an influence the processed foods have on obesity and other related medical problems.



14.   The Art of Eating (Tales of the Wild West) by M.F.K Fisher (World Pub. Co, 1954)

The Art of Eating (Tales of the Wild West) by M.F.K Fisher Read more or buy HERE!

Last, but certainly not least, The Art of Eating is a “bible” for every nutritional-conscious and food-loving person.

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