8 Cookbooks Every Kitchen Newbie Should Have

Kickstart your culinary journey with these trusty cookbooks fit for beginners and kitchen pros alike.

So, you want to learn how to cook? While the Internet has a great selection of easy recipes for you to try, nothing beats a good ol’ cookbook to keep you company in the kitchen. Here are eight helpful cookbooks that will get you cooking like an expert in no time:

 

 

1. Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

Think of the Joy of Cooking as the ultimate encyclopedia for cooks. With countless recipes and in-depth food-related information from reading food labels to table décor, this comprehensive cookbook, first published in 1931, continues to educate foodies across the globe.

 

The latest version (the ninth revision!) includes retested and reinvented recipes adapted for today’s cooks: slow cooker recipes and ideas on how to use leftovers have been added, too.

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

2. How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

This award-winning cookbook remains as every cook’s go-to reference for anything and just about everything when it comes to cooking. Moreover, Bittman’s straightforward and encouraging tone will put any beginner at ease in the kitchen. This book won’t leave your kitchen countertop any time soon!

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

3. The Way to Cook by Julia Child

Revered and beloved chef Julia Child’s spirit lives on in The Way to Cook. Considered as her most important work, it features over 800 recipes, lessons, and techniques you won’t get in any other cookbook. This inspiring must-read truly deserves a place in your kitchen shelf.

 

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4. Step-By-Step Cooking: Filipino by Arlene Diego

Reading Step-By-Step Cooking: Filipino is like learning to cook from a dear family member. Aside from recipes of timeless Pinoy dishes, you’ll also love the chapters about Filipino kitchen tools and cooking techniques.

 

Available at National Bookstore

 

 

5. Filipino Snacks and Sweets by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

Meet your newest merienda companion! Filipino Snacks and Sweets is a pocket cookbook packed with easy-to-make Pinoy snacks like fish balls and banana fritters. This book certainly won’t let you go hungry in between meals again.

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

 

6. The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen

Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this cookbook will introduce you to a more healthful and natural way of cooking. Pore over simple yet sophisticated vegetarian recipes, 16 pages of stunning food photography, and charming illustrations by Mollie Katzen herself.

 

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7. Step-by-Step Baking by Caroline Bretherton

This is one baking bible you would want on your shelf: loaded with hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes and over a thousand photos, this book takes “step-by-step” seriously. Learn how to confidently bake cakes, pies, and breads with clear instructions and helpful ingredient guides.

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

 

8. Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp

You’ve got a kitchen coach in Aida Mollenkamp! In Keys to the Kitchen, the Food Network and Cooking Channel star gives you a ton of indispensable kitchen and cooking information in a beautifully designed, 400-plus page cookbook.

 

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