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6 Cookbooks Everyone Should Own


We know there are thousands of recipes online nowadays (Your Pinterest board may be as busy as ours by now) but nothing beats owning a dogeared, sticky-noted, battered (in every sense of the word) cookery book. So here's our run down of 6 cookbooks we think should be in every kitchen.

the joy of cooking

Thy joy of cooking

This 85 year old book, that now has its own ipad app, has been revised again and again since its original conception in 1946. The infamous Julia Child reviewed and revised the latest version to ensure everything was current. She even stated; " is number one on my list...the one book of all cookbooks in English that I would have on my shelf if I could have but one."

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mastering the art of french cooking

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Not for the faint hearted, this is the French cuisine bible. Some of the recipes span three pages and are precise down to the millilitre, but we couldn't exclude the only cookbook to have a movie made about it.

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barefoot contessa cookbook

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

If you have a love of butter this book is for you. With classic dishes packed full of flavour, Ina Garten divulges all of her cooking secrets and also helps you plan a stress-free party that everyone will be talking about the next day.

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new cook book better homes

Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

Where would wanna-be chefs be without Better Homes? For decades they have been at the heart of the family kitchen inspiring and supplying easy everyday recipes even beginners can handle. Now in its whopping 16th edition this book crams in a massive 1,200 recipes, with most accompanied by photography.

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How to cook everything

How to Cook Everything

This award winning book is the go-to guide for simple cooking. Perfect for beginners it holds 2000 recipes that don't need any complicated equipment or knowledge, providing a great way to get into cooking or a reliable guide that covers the basics for more experienced cooks.

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Bouchon Bakery

This beautiful bakery guide is a must for anyone wanting to make show stopping desserts and pastries. Inside you'll find all the secrets to baking you could wish for, from ingredients that make your flavours jump, to tried and tested techniques to create perfect uniformity.

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