10 essential cookbooks everyone should own
'Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust' by Ina Garten
Ina is basically my idol, so I have several of her amazing cookbooks. But with recipes like balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts and perfect pound cake,__mceDel Foolproof has to be my favorite. It's a good one to have on hand for entertaining too.
'Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One' by Julia Child
How could I not include Julia on this list? Whether you want to perfect her pastry recipe or you're doing a full-on Julie and Julia reenactment, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is your buttery new best friend.
'Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook' by Martha Stewart
If you need serious help in the kitchen, Martha's home-cooking manual is for you. Let Martha teach you everything from the proper way to hold a chef's knife to how to make an impressive prime rib roast for a crowd.
'The Essential New York Times Cook Book' by Amanda Hesser
The New York Times seal of approval never hurts, right? The newspaper's signature cookbook features tried-and-true recipes for eggs (who wants brunch?), roast chicken, and sweets galore.
'Momofuku' by David Chang and Peter Meehan
If you don't know David Chang (or haven't been to any of his incredible NYC restaurants), he's the king of inventive Asian cuisine. It's worth picking up Momofuku for Chang's famous pork bun recipe alone.
'Momofuku Milk Bar' by Christina Tosi
And where would David Chang be without his genius pastry chef, Christina Tosi? The inventor of Cereal Milk and the Compost Cookie shares her own famous recipes in Momofuku's dessert cookbook.
'The Skinnygirl Dish' by Bethenny Frankel and Eve Adamson
Bethenny has built her empire on healthy living (who hasn't had a bottle of Skinnygirl Margarita at this point?) and The Skinnygirl Dish is a go-to for healthy dishes that don't skimp on deliciousness. Warning: The Boo Boo banana bread is completely addictive.
'EatingWell Serves Two: 150 Healthy in a Hurry Suppers' by Jim Romanoff and the editors of EatingWell
When I asked Lindsey for her cookbook pick, she sent me the link to this book with three words: "Best. Cookbook. Ever." Sold.
'The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks' by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
Three reasons to love this cookbook from Food52: All the recipes come from real home cooks, the photos are stunning, and the the site it comes from is Gwyneth Paltrow-approved.
'100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life' by Cindi Leive and the editors of Glamour
Sure, I'm a little biased. But Glamour's very own cookbook isn't just about the famous Engagement Chicken. It has tons of other cheekily named recipes, like Instant Happiness Mac and Cheese and Who Calls a Meeting at 5 P.M. Stir-Fry. Trust me, you'll love it.
Which of these cookbooks do you have in your arsenal? What's your favorite cookbook?