Essential Cookbooks Every Home Chef Should Own

Essential Cookbooks Every Home Chef Should Own

Last Updated September 22, 2014

Check out some must-have cookbooks by Alice Waters, Bruce Aidells, Marie Viljoen and more.

Cookbooks deserve as much space in the kitchen as any set of fine pots and pans. Many essential cookbook lists include must-have classics, such as Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Marion Cunningham’s The Fannie Farmer Cookbook and Irma S. Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking. But Edible’s list highlights modern books that focus on common interests among today’s home cook, such as handcrafted cocktails and kitchen gardening, as well as indispensible ingredients, like artisan cheese, craft beer and local meats. Make room on the shelves for these indispensable cookbooks. 

Edible Reads: Edible Idaho South's Spring List

Edible Idaho South's Spring List
Get the scoop on three books: One for “almost” vegetarians, another for the booze-loving gardener, and one for gluten-free weeknight cooks.

Edible Reads: Handcrafted Cocktails

Check out a must-have recipe book by Cincinnati-based cocktail artist Molly Wellman. It also includes a side of history.

From a Tiny Terrace, a Book of Very Big Ideas

If you don’t think of Brooklyn as a living ecosystem, Marie Viljoen’s 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life will change your perspective forever.

Edible Reads: The Art of Simple Food II

Alice Waters tops herself with this follow-up book about kitchen gardening.

Edible Reads: The Way We Ate

Based on a Tumblr blog, The Way We Ate features a century’s worth of greatest-hits recipes from 100 chefs and cooks. You’ll love Gael Greene’s recipe from 1971.

Food & Brew: The American Craft Beer Cookbook

The American Craft Beer Cookbook, by prolific beer-and-travel writer John Holl, is an ode to today’s craft beer movement as well as a cook’s guide.