(Closed) Best cook books?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My FAVE FAVE FAVE is How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Great for beginners to learn about techniques and equipment and experienced cooks to get inspiration and to use as a reference. The best!!


Post # 4
5762 posts
Bee Keeper

My Bible is the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. Lots of illustrated techniques,wonderful recipes that are family favorites, and an all around great cookbook that covers everything.

Post # 5
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think this is a great book if you like using your slow cooker:

Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have the Better Homes and Gardens Pink Ribbon edition.  There are so many choices in there, I doubt I will ever cook them all.  And I love the book Lillindy recommended!

Post # 8
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

When I first started cooking, my Betty Crocker’s Cookbook was awesome!!  I don’t think I’ve ever had anything turn out wrong from there.  Plus it is super easy to follow.  There isn’t anything overly exciting or adventurous in there (nor is it useful if you’re following a veggie diet – I had to buy a new set of cookbooks :/) but it really increased my confidence in the kitchen! 

Post # 9
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

Joy of Cooking is my fave.  I like how it teaches you basic skills that you can apply to all kinds of recipes.  Can’t go wrong with a classic!

Also, Cooking Light’s magazines/website is pretty awesome!  And it’s healthy 🙂

Post # 11
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The Silver Spoon is very nice!


We like the Bride & Groom set from Williams Sonoma so far too!


Post # 12
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you want the bascs, I think Joy of Cooking is GREAT. It has a lot of old-school recipes, but great info on techniques, times, temps, etc.

We like the Slver Palate cookbooks, Rick Bayless cookbooks (Mexican), and Alice Watters cookbooks (Chez Panisse). Lots of simple, but great recipes.

I know Williams-Sonoma has the recipe book for A16, when I have been coveting! 🙂

Post # 13
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really really really love the Martha Stewart Every Day Food Series. Great Food Fast is probably my favourite cookbook in my kitchen, everything we’ve made from it has been amazing. I also love the Cuisine At Home magazines although I wish they had healthier choices. If you BBQ a lot, Ted Reader has great cookbooks for the grill! He’s never let us down!

Post # 14
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second Cooking Light and How to Cook Everything.  I have How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and it’s great.

Post # 15
7403 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

For desserts you can’t beat: Ice Box Pies by Lauren Chattman

Post # 16
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

The Barefoot contessa books are great- things work out really well! Also the photos are like food pornography!

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