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10 Great Cookbooks You Should Own If You Cook.

Look no further for a complete cookbook that will guide you through the wonderful world of cooking.

Being able to cook “amazing food” is an indispensable skill everybody should strive to develop and acquire. No matter if it’s a regular day, a holiday or on a special occasion. Dishing out the perfect dish required for the occasion as if it’s second nature is truly rewarding, evidenced by the curious inquiries of friends, family, and guests. And of course, to reach this level of skill, you need help. You need proper equipment, fresh ingredients, and last but not the least, a good cookbook. No matter if you’re a chef, or somebody who cooks for fun, you will surely find a cookbook to suit your needs and tastes here in our list.

#1 How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

As a former executive chef I would recommend this book if it is the only cookbook that you have.When he says everything he means practically everything with excellent how to instructions.

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Contributor: John Wilder

#2 Cooking, Baking, and Making by Cynthia O’Hara

Cooking, Baking, and Making includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For spring, serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece as you watch the flowers bloom. In the hot summer, delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#3 The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi Smith

Smith's creation is not your typical teen cookbook: it's written for kids by a kid, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Through the colorful, easy-to-read book, Chef Remmi sets out to inspire her peers to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The Healthy Teen Cookbook takes you on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, helpful tips and fantastic recipes―making it a geography lesson, a cookbook and a social studies class all in one. 

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#4 Geek Sweets by Jenny Burgesse

A baking cookbook for the truly geeky, filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes and cakepops in increasing difficulties, as well as party ideas with a fantasy / adventure theme. Big, beautiful photographs, recipes, printable templates and step-by-step how-to's for every adventurer - from the squire just starting their journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#5 Eating Well to Win by Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard's book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office. This is an insider's guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes, he will show the CrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it's not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he's learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. 

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#6 Eat Real to Heal by Nicolette Richer

Eat Real to Heal teaches you how to power up your immune system and give yourself the best possible chance at beating chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, acne, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and even cancer. Learn how to create and follow a meal plan that utilizes nutritious, vegan recipes, made with pure and organic ingredients, that are quick, easy, and delicious! Also learn about juicing, managing stress, detoxifying your home, breathing exercises and yoga that connect you with your body, and Gerson Therapy.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#7 A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass

With her inspired ideas, your confections will bring you raves and plenty of party invitations for life! What sets A Cookie to Celebrate apart is Jana's detailed instructions for gorgeous special occasion cookies, from birthdays and engagement parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and much more. In A Cookie to Celebrate, she shares her baking expertise along with foolproof recipes for these delicious desserts. Each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to stand out and destined to become the most Instagrammed sweet treats you've ever made!

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

#8 Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

Although Jessica Seinfeld created this cookbook in order to get kids to eat more healthy foods, people of any age can benefit from it. So if you or your kids don’t like eating vegetables in the traditional way, pick up this book for some fresh, new ideas. Seinfeld worked with a nutritionist and a personal chef to create healthier takes on classic dishes like macaroni and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. And this cookbook is also very relatable and engaging, with Seinfeld sharing funny stories and tips on how to manage kids’ sugary cravings.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#9 Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

This cookbook by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker is decades old but continues to be a crowd pleaser. It lists recipes very precisely, demonstrates various techniques need for the recipes, and even covers other meal-related topics such as how to set the table. Updated to include healthier cooking tips for today’s health-conscious culture, this cookbook is a sure hit for yourself or to give as a gift. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#10 Stealth Leftovers by Cynthia MacGregor

Why just serve warmed-up leftovers when you can use those leftovers in a wealth of scrumptious recipes that will have your family or guests asking for seconds. Which would you rather serve (or eat): Rewarmed, leftover roast chicken, or Casbah Chicken, rewarmed, leftover pork chops, or Ranchero Romero's Skillet Dinner? Here's a cornucopia of recipes for utilizing leftovers that will please your palate, help you keep from wasting food, and rescue you from boring dinners. Did you know you can even get creative with leftover hamburgers and hot dogs.

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Contributor: Cynthia MacGregor from CynthiaMacgregor

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Written by Taegan Lion