Top 100 Best Selling Cook Books of All Time

 

Food and cooking are some of the best delights of our life. The fat and tattooed people have been feeding the world the best kind of food. There are many, many books on cooking, but here only the best made it to the top 100 best selling cookbooks of all time.

 

The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating

The book is one of the best books to read for a journey through the rediscovery of British food and cooking. The book has been inspired by the French bourgeois cooking and takes you through re-invention of the menus.

Read it For:
A dutiful book for any chef to follow the best advice.
Don't Read it For:
This book is mundane.
What makes this book stand out?:
The writer has a restaurant, which is also a school. Therefore this book is filled with valuable information.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

The list of top 100 books of all time for cooking will be incomplete without the work of Julia Child. The  book is loaded with recopies and great techniques which work for beginners and professionals alike. The book takes you through step-by-step of the procedures and cooking techniques. Furthermore, the second volume of the book contains many more recipes.

Read it For:
This book is the go-to book for any food and cooking lover.
Don't Read it For:
The book has some over complicated and some extremely simple recipes.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a good read. It has all the elements of a proper guidebook.

Roast Chicken and Other Stories

This book is the action-packed cookbook of the famous Brit cook. In this book he takes the reader through his impeccable philosophy of cooking plus through his stories with cooking. The book is a collection of some of his best recipes and has some guidelines along the same lines.

Read it For:
The book is written brilliantly, in a language which takes the reader from one page to another smoothly.
Don't Read it For:
The book does not follow any modern techniques or other things.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is written in a friendly tone, which captures everyone’s heart.

French Provincial Cooking

One of the oldest published books in this list, takes you through the authentic tastes and textures of many French cuisines and dishes. This book is the collection of scholarly recipes and ideas about cooking.

Read it For:
If you aim to cook the fines food, this is the book for you. Make sure to go through the recipes; you will find something brilliant for every occasion.
Don't Read it For:
The recipes in this book are quite complicated and are difficult to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an exemplary work on cooking recipes and techniques.
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White Heat 25

One of the most iconic books on the list for cooking. This book is a classic in its own right; the book takes you through outstanding opinions of the cook, his out of the world recipes and the best advice on cooking. The book is the most enduring work of the 90s and has changed the face of cooking and cookbooks.

Read it For:
A good read for any foodie and for enthusiasts.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a no-disappointment book!
What makes this book stand out?:
The book even has some impressive and top-notch quality photographs, which keep the content of the book engaging.

The French Laundry Cookbook

The book from the master cook, Thomas Keller, is one of the must reads for every cook. The book is the perfect representation of the cook’s desire to get it right! The best book of the twentieth century on cooking takes you through the concise and small meals’ recipes plus impressive techniques with various cooking materials.

Read it For:
The book is well written and the techniques will get your attention.
Don't Read it For:
Some of the ingredients mentioned in the book may be hard to find.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simply astounding and allows you to enjoy cooking more than before

Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia

The oldest published book on recipes and histories of food, this book is one of the greatest works on cooking. The book takes you through the techniques of food, gives you details about various kinds of equipment, and has culinary biographies. This book has been updated, and many newer things have been added over time.

Read it For:
The book has everything about cooking, techniques, and the biographies.
Don't Read it For:
The translation from French to the English Language may cause the book to lose its beauty.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has every tiny detail about cooking and its world, which makes this book hard to miss out.

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Restaurant

This book is the most anticipated books in the field of cooking. Straight from the heart of the Zuni Café’s owner, this book gives you all the recipes through the best recipes of the café and gives you techniques which the chef, Judy Rodgers, uses.

Read it For:
This book does not let you down on the front of amazing recipes and great techniques as promised by the chef.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be a little complicated to follow for beginner cooks.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is loaded with everything you can ever dream of in a cookbook!

Thai Food

This book is the product of the cook and writer David Thompson, who went to Thailand by mistake. But ever since is a journey to Thailand, he was captivated by the Thai people, their culture, and cuisine. The book is the perfect documentation of the recipes of Thai food and the recipes followed in the Thai palaces.

Read it For:
This book will make you fall in love the Thai food and cuisine.
Don't Read it For:
The book is focused on the Thai food, therefore may be boring for those who were looking for something else.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book takes you to the world of spices and various flavors of the authentic Thai food, which makes this book the best ever documented books on Thai food.

The Joy of Cooking

This book is one of the essential must-haves in a kitchen. The book gives a proper account of food, recipes and has the perfect illustrations to explain the recipes. The book gives impressively precise directions for cooking.

Read it For:
One cannot do without this book, ever! The classic book is an essential for cooking.
Don't Read it For:
This book may seem outdated to some experienced cooks.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book remains a classic even after years of publishing.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Looking for a book to master Italian cooking, this is the one you need. This book is the comprehensive guidebook for all levels. The single volume book comes with steps on how to cook with steps for various levels of expertise. The book will not fail to mesmerize you because it is to the point!

Read it For:
The book not only contains techniques required for cooking but also includes many recipes you can try almost immediately.
Don't Read it For:
This book is less of a book and more of a reference guide.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is one of the best reads to read about cooking and mastering Italian cooking.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, the two writers, explore the food and its various kinds in their home city, and produce one of the most authentic masterpieces in the cooking field. The book dives into the food of Jerusalem, which is inhabited by Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities.

Read it For:
The book is the classic book for the authentic taste of the area of Jerusalem. The book is well researched and well portrayed.
Don't Read it For:
The book is nothing out of the ordinary.

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

Another book from Yotam Ottolenghi, who loves the flavor and many textures of the ingredients. This book is the apologetic love of components, which makes you some of the best flavored vegetarian food. The book has many recipes which use various vegetables to derive the best tastes.

Read it For:
The cook’s love for various vegetables has a Mediterranean background, which adds depth to the food’s flavor.
Don't Read it For:
The book contains too many photographs and too may blank dividers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has a good base of recipes and teaches the reader elaborately.

The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater

This is one of the best books to read on cooking. The book documents the best of the best food and its ingredients. The book takes you on a journey of food and cooking with the cook Neil Slater. The book is a collection of recipes and the understanding of the ingredients used for cooking.

Read it For:
This book is an excellent read.
Don't Read it For:
This book may be complex for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is one of the best books to reads by a cook who loves to cook!

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

Japanese cooking and Japanese styled foods are one of the most celebrated forms of cooking in today’s world. Sushi is the international favorite, along with this the trends of Japanese cooking have merged with many trends all over the world to create some of the most creative dishes. But, one thing that hasn’t changed since the advent of time are the foundations of the Japanese cooking style. This book takes you through the foundations of Japanese food and style.

Read it For:
This book is one of the best books for learning the skills on the foundation level.
Don't Read it For:
The book is pretty much a beginner’s guide to Japanese cooking.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an impressive book and takes you through the learning process of something new. The book is one of the top book recommendations.

The Cook’s Companion: The Complete Book of Ingredients and Recipes for the Australian Kitchen

The book is the perfect guide to the best Australian dishes and techniques. The book was first published in 1996 and became an instant hit with readers. Over the years, the book has received many compliments and the designation of “bible” for cooking. The most recent version includes two new chapters and over fifty new recipes.

Read it For:
A perfect book to get started with your love for cooking new recipes
Don't Read it For:
The book is rushed in a few sections.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the only few books which are timeless classics.

Gardening: Growing Organic Food in Your Backyard

This is the perfect book for all cooks and aspiring cooks. The book gives you a detailed step-by-step guide to creating your very own organic garden. If there was a book which taught you how to grow your own vegetables in the easiest way, this would be it!

Read it For:
Every cook wishes to have the best supply of vegetables for their food, and what better way to get quality goods other than by growing your own?
Don't Read it For:
The book is too short and not too detailed.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the perfect handbook for growing your own vegetables. Most cooks will enjoy going through it if they are interested in growing their own vegetables.

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food

One of the wittiest books on the list, this book aims at showing you the love of cooking felt by the writer. She writes in humorous paragraphs and shows you why cooking is not a play of joining dots. Whether it is a roast chicken or a root vegetable, she teaches you how to get the best of all in minutes.

Read it For:
The book is beyond impressive. The content touches the reader and shows us how to fall in love with cooking.
Don't Read it For:
The book comes highly recommended; there are no issues with it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is done brilliantly; there is no better book than this one.

The River Cafe Cook Book

There are two volumes of the book. The book is the collection of some of the greatest recipes over the past five decades. There has hardly ever been a book which is so meticulous with its details. A little complex to read and practice, nonetheless one of the greatest cookbooks of the time.

Read it For:
The book takes you through the details of the best recipes with all the ridiculous quantities. Bonus-the book even contains many recipes on desserts.
Don't Read it For:
This book is sparse with instructions and is a little hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the greatest books to read, as it contains the best of the past five decades’ worthiest recipes.

Momofuku

This is the story of the superstardom of the chef, David Chang. The book tells us the story of the rise, with a speck of misfortunes and mishaps of the chef. “Momofuku” is one of the most known words in the American food scene, this book tells you how it was done. The chef’s journey with bold Asian flavors and the best of best techniques are seen in this book.

Read it For:
The book is the most inspiring read.
Don't Read it For:
The book hardly talks about the techniques and recipes in depth.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the exciting journey of a chef, who went beyond his comfort zone.

Moro: The Cookbook

This book is a collection of the authentic recipes of the Muslim Mediterranean and Spain. The book catalogs the easiest and the best recipes of the area.

Read it For:
The book is one of the books is one of those books which catalogs easiest recipes, which can be tried by just anyone.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not that simple. And the recipes do not stand true to quick meals.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book not only talks about the recipes with the best tastes but also discusses the inherent nature of the world.

Escoffier

This is the translated version of the French book written by the writer Auguste Escoffier. The translated work of this book is translated version and is updated to the best of the French cuisines in French cuisine. This book is the perfect reference book by a great French cook and writer for all kinds of professional chefs! The book is one of those books which give you all the recipes and sauces, which are over five thousand recipes in number.

Read it For:
The book will you teach everything you need to know about the authentic taste of the recipes.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not for the beginners.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the collection of the best recipes and sauces.

Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother’s Kitchen

For all those who believe that Palestine food is only found in the streets and is sold by gourmet sellers, this book will teach you how to get it by yourself in your kitchen! This book is the collection of the memories of the writer’s mother’s kitchen, and she teaches you how to get the same flavor from her book!

Read it For:
Bring the grand Palestine mood and cuisine to your dinner table by following the steps in the book.
Don't Read it For:
This book is one of the best books to read on cooking, but the book may be a bit hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a dream book for many readers.

The Complete Asian Cookbook

The book is the perfect combination of recipes and techniques of the Asian Countries. The recipes in the book are good and extremely well written. These recipes have been collected from Thailand, China, India, and many other Asian countries.

Read it For:
The book documents the perfect mix of ingredients required to make the best of these dishes.
Don't Read it For:
The book’s ingredients are easy to find, the recipes are easy to follow, but the flavor is hard to create.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the best books on this list about Asian foods and its grandeur.

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

This book takes cooking to the next level. One of the top 100 books , The Food Lab takes you through the science behind cooking. This book blends scientific reasons and facts with cooking the most satisfying meal you will ever taste, that too at your own home! The book will give you the best of all reasons and facts, which anyone can implement to get the taste they need.

Read it For:
The book is one of those rare gems which will give you the precise amounts of whatever is required to cook the most delicious meal.
Don't Read it For:
The book is scientifically backed by research and is hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
Once you get the hang of it, this book finds the perfect balance between science and food, which will make you forget about the high-end restaurants’ food!

Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food

Ever wondered why the food you cook is nothing special? This book is one of those books which give you the secret behind the best-cooked dish, and it works on every dish you cook. The book will give you everything you need to know about the best meals and how to cook them.

Read it For:
Jamie’s iconic five-step guide to every dish is a book every cook needs to read.
Don't Read it For:
The book stretches the same principles stated before for an exceedingly long time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book can be used to make the perfect dishes by following five simple rules, who wouldn’t love a book like this?

Modernist Cuisine at Home

The book departs from the traditional way of cooking food. This book takes you through the best of best innovative and creative ideas and allows you to let your creativity on the loose. The book also has some of the best innovative recipes which a person can use to make something different.

Read it For:
The book is well-illustrated, which makes the book easier to understand.
Don't Read it For:
The book will disappoint those who love the traditional methods of cooking
What makes this book stand out?:
The book takes you and your creativity through an exciting series of recipes, and will inspire you to try something new every day!

A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals

The modern times and our hectic schedule leave little time to cook a healthy meal. This book, on the other hand, is going to benefit you on that front. The book is loaded with healthy and great recipes. With an all vegetarian list of recipes and steps, this book will teach you how to whip the perfect meal in no time.

Read it For:
The perfect book for the modern humans.
Don't Read it For:
No chicken, beef or pork!
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the few books which stands true the easiest and the quickest recipes one can make.

Stir Crazy: 100 Deliciously Healthy Stir-Fry Recipes

Stir-fried food can be healthy too! This book makes sure that you get to taste the flavor of a healthy meal first hand! This book is going to be one of the few books which you will love. With more than enough recipes for you try, this book captures the listings of steps for you to the very core of understanding your food and flavor mixes.

Read it For:
The book is the perfect handbook to the minimalistic cooking, in a short duration!
Don't Read it For:
The book’s recipes lack variety.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of essential books a person should invest in! The book will not let your stomach down!

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

Trying to get the Chinese food right at home? Pick this book up, and you will never regret trying something new! The book is well-written by the Chinese chef who possesses a rare talent for making your Chinese recipes easy to cook and eat. Savor the authentic Chinese cuisine at home with this book.

Read it For:
The book is written in simple language. With many recipes easy to cook, this book is one of the greatest finds.
Don't Read it For:
The book is concentrated on authentically Chinese cuisine; you may find it hard to get the flavor right in the first few tries.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the perfect book for all-out Chinese take-out fans! This book will teach you how to get the food right in your kitchen in the simplest terms.

The Dim Sum Field Guide: A Taxonomy of Dumplings, Buns, Meats, Sweets, and Other Specialties of the Chinese Teahouse

Another book for Chinese food fans. This book is a pocket reference book for all the cooks who wish to create Chinese food and tarts at home. With hand-drawn epic illustrations, this book teaches you how to get everything in the correct order and  helps you in creating your own Chinese platter!

Read it For:
The book has many traditional recipes for dim-sums, milk tarts and other delicacies you will find in an authentic Chinese teahouse.
Don't Read it For:
The book offers only some eighty-pages of brilliant recipes.
What makes this book stand out?:
The illustrations in the book make you feel engrossed in the book!

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More

For all those with a sweet tooth and an eye for the Jewish delicacies, this is the book you absolutely must read. This book teaches you how to make the most favored Jewish goods at your home in a relatively small time window!

Read it For:
The book is well-detailed.
Don't Read it For:
The book is all about sweet dishes.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book documents the steps in such a manner that anyone can read it and make the best out of it.

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

This book is a timeless classic on this list. The book is the perfect documentation of steps and methods in the form of pictures and teaches you many recipes. The book has over six hundred techniques and methods, with over hundred recipes, which are easy to follow. The popularity of the book stems from its easy to understand steps and pictures.

Read it For:
The classic book for every cook to keep with an arm’s reach.
Don't Read it For:
This book is simply amazing!!
What makes this book stand out?:
The book will teach you the hardest of the techniques and recipes in no time

Decorated Cookies

This book is one of the best books to make the best books to teach you about cookies and decoration.

Read it For:
The book is one of the best books to read on decorating cookies.
Don't Read it For:
The book is short and childish.
What makes this book stand out?:
The decoration ideas in the book are some of the very best ones who keep little children happy.

Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot

The book is made of some of the best home-cooked recipes. The book is a document of many interesting recipes which are not only delicious but are also easy to cook. The book takes the level of creativity involved in cooking to the next level and makes cooking look easy.

Read it For:
The book is an intriguing read and allows home cooks to cook food at the same level as grand hotels and restaurants.
Don't Read it For:
This book’s easy to cook in an “instant” takes about hours to cook for a beginner.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has the biggest and the easiest collection of food that you can make at home.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

The writer and chef are one of the most celebrated teachers in the cooking world. This book teaches the reader, a professional chef or a middle school student, to find the right balance between all elements of cooking in a few simple steps. The book is the best blend of every element you will have to master in the art of cooking, and makes cooking look simple.

Read it For:
The book is the best guidebook you could pamper yourself with. The book takes you through the elements of cooking in no time.
Don't Read it For:
This book is one of those books which will bore an experienced and seasoned chef
What makes this book stand out?:
The book will teach you all that you need to learn to become a master chef!

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro

An undercooked cake, the messed up frosting and the dry brownies, we’ve all been there. We all have mourned the fact that we are not bakers, but here is a book which is going to change your views. The book teaches you about the aspects of baking and the blending of flavors with a different element. Master those, and you are good to go.

Read it For:
The book is the best solution to every person’s instant sweet cravings. Learn how to bake in few simple steps.
Don't Read it For:
The book is quite technical, which may turn out to be annoying.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book offers the biggest help to all kinds of bakers. The highly praised and loved book makes sure you get the basics of baking correctly.

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China

In a mood for a classic Chinese dish? This book will take you through the recipes collected right from the heart of China. The book has various exciting dishes ranging from rice, pork, fish, and many more delicacies of the land! This book even documents a brief history of the food!

Read it For:
This book gives you new recipes from the land of China to try.
Don't Read it For:
The dishes require an authentic flavor, the mess that up and your dish is ruined. Getting the correct ingredients for the flavor proves to be a herculean task for many.
What makes this book stand out?:
All in all, the book takes you to China and its myriad of dishes and flavors!

The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Beloved Persian Food Favorites

We’ve all tasted the brilliance of the Persian cuisine. Rich in flavor and the smooth texture is hard to miss. And it leaves a hunger for more. This book will teach you how to get that flavor in the comforts of your home. There are only a few steps to follow, some ingredients to collect and the right time to cook.

Read it For:
The book will allow you to get the perfect mix of the flavors and teach you how to get the authentic Persian course on your dinner table!
Don't Read it For:
The book is hard to follow, the recipes take a lot of practice.
What makes this book stand out?:
Although the book is hard to follow, once you master the art of blending the flavors and finding the correct quantity, your work is done!

Dining In Highly Cookable Recipes

In a mood for quick dinner, but wonder if you have the right ingredients? Check this book out in such a dilemma! This book will teach you how to find the best solutions for quick dinners in the shortest time. The book makes use of the most common ingredients that can be found in any kitchen. There are about one hundred and sixty  recipes, all filled with quick techniques, which make cooking easier.

Read it For:
This book is one of those books, which give you the best dinners in the shortest possible time frame.
Don't Read it For:
The book is limiting, there aren’t new recipes to try.
What makes this book stand out?:
There are many days when we just do not have the time to cook that is when this book helps you out!

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

The book has been written by one of the greatest and celebrated cooks in the New York City. After years of experience, the vegetable whisper begins to write about the vegetables and their different flavors throughout the six seasons. This book is the perfect key to mastering the flavor content of your dish.

Read it For:
This book gives you detailed explanations on the vegetables and their composition which changes the flavor.
Don't Read it For:
This book is primarily used to experienced cooks and chefs.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is the key to every cooks’ and chefs’ success.

Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

The book is wholly dedicated to the art and brilliance of Salad! Through this book, the author tries to teach everyone the importance of vegetables. The book is visually pleasing with vibrant images of vegetables and has more than a handful of different salad recipes.

Read it For:
The book is written impressively and shows us the brilliance of vegetables.
Don't Read it For:
The book is made of photographs more than actual written content.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has some good recipes for everyone to try.

Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

This book is one of the must reads in our time. For all the clean eaters, this book has something which other books don’t. The book teaches you to make your own clean meals. Along with this, the book has the dishes which look good, taste even better and do wonders for your body.

Read it For:
The book I give the best recipes without fake meat and fake sugar.
Don't Read it For:
The recipes are hard to get right.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the only books which teach us how to make the correct balance between taste and healthy eating. The visuals are just a bonus point!

30-Minute Meals: Incredibly Delicious Dinner Recipes Inspired by the Mediterranean Diet that Can Be Made in 30 Minutes or Less

Part of a bigger volume set, this book aims at teaching you how to get your Mediterranean diet right. With the perfect mix of vegetables and spices, the book takes you to everything you desire on the health and the taste front.

Read it For:
This book has the best healthy recipes for everyone.
Don't Read it For:
The book may seem as though it has nothing new to add for many readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the collection of some of the best recipes which hardly take half an hour to cook!

Eat Real Food or Else: A Low Sugar, Low Carb, Gluten Free, High Nutrition Cookbook

This book teaches you to consume the fresh foods available. The book also gives you many recipes to cook a meal on a tight budget and gives you nutritional facts about many things. The book also shows you how to make your meals and documents many kinds’ recipes from all over the world.

Read it For:
The book is a great book to get the healthiest foods on your platter in no time.
Don't Read it For:
The book hardly has anything that you haven’t seen on the internet.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simple and well-documented.

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food

This book is hailed as the “alchemy of flavors.” The book is one of those books which give you steps to mastering an art on no time. This book will spell out the rules of food alchemy in four simple steps.

Read it For:
Ever wondered why your food does not taste as it should? Or what is wrong with the smell? Read this book; you’ll find all your answers.
Don't Read it For:
The book is simply based on flavors, which may be boring for experienced cooks.
What makes this book stand out?:
For beginners, this is the perfect book for mastering the art of flavors.

Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius

This is a book which is revolutionizing creative thoughts and creative ideas with cooking. This book teaches you the joy of cooking with no recipes at hand. Think, imagine and improvise; this book takes yours through a spell bounding journey of innovation and great works.

Read it For:
Read this book and be prepared to be awestruck. The results that await you have never been heard of before.
Don't Read it For:
The book does not sit well with conventional cooks
What makes this book stand out?:
The book takes you away from the regular teachings of a traditional cookbook and shows you a different world of great art which awaits you.

The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook

This book teaches you how to get the sweet treats of finding on the street right. The no-knead method of cooking teaches you the impressive joy of the sweet-treats and the procedure of cooking this.

Read it For:
The best book to teach you everything on cooking and baking sweet treats you can only find on the streets.
Don't Read it For:
The book is complex and hard to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the classic read for a desert-loving cook.

Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar: With Recipes from Leading Chefs, Insights from Top Producers, and Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make Your Own

A product of many travels to different lands and talks with some of the most known chefs, this book talks about the base of the food and gives many recipes. The recipes are rich and easy to understand. The collected recipes are rich in flavor and are exciting to try

Read it For:
The book gives you a well-documented series of recipes and flavors of the various recipes collected from all over the world.
Don't Read it For:
The topics of the book seem erratic and disappointing.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book gives many details about different lands and different recipes from those lands.

Baco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles

In a mood for something fancy? Take a look at this book. A visually tempting book which tempts the reader to try out the newest and fanciest of all recipes. The book dives into the many tastes of the recipes and flavors.

Read it For:
Refer to this book whenever you need to make your dinner table look more appealing and exciting.
Don't Read it For:
The recipes are meant for professional cooks and are hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
Thoroughly informative, this book gives many details about new and astounding concepts.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen

This work is the product of the writer’s life after leaving and taking a break from the cooking world of the restaurants. The book focuses on simple recipes the chef discovers on her break.

Read it For:
The recipes are easy to make and easy to follow.
Don't Read it For:
The collection lacks the excitement of trying something different.
What makes this book stand out?:
The simplistic book follows the basics of cooking and makes a great recipe for almost anyone to try.

The Artisanal Vinegar Maker’s Handbook

The first ever translation in the English language, this book give you the perfect recipe for homemade vinegar.

Read it For:
For all those cooks who wish to make their own stuff, this is an informative book.
Don't Read it For:
The subject matter of the book is vinegar
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a classic handbook for makers of vinegar.

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World

The art of fermentation is hard to get right, but with this book, you can easily do so. The book takes you through the composition of fermentation, how to get it right and other details.

Read it For:
The book is an impressive collection of the steps in the best order.
Don't Read it For:
The book may seem annoying for those who already have an idea about the subject of this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the only few books which focus on the art of fermentation only and spell it out for its readers.

Downtime: Deliciousness at Home

This book teaches you the best of all kinds of techniques. Couple your ingredients with restaurant level techniques to make the most of out of your cooking.

Read it For:
The book departs from the boring sense of cooking and opens a different world for you to visit while cooking.
Don't Read it For:
This book makes the content and steps sound simple, but to master what is written in the book is actually hard.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book will definitely make you better cook by the time you finish reading this book.

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

The book teaches you some of the very important lessons for cooking. This book is one of the few books which will take you through the understanding and the art of getting ratios of your food and ingredients in the correct order.

Read it For:
Ratios are the first step to creating variations in food, and to get that right is to be the best cook you can be.
Don't Read it For:
The book is informative, but the mathematical equations are hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the key to getting your cooking right.

America The Great Cookbook

This book is the collection of America’s best of best chef’s recipes and their techniques.

Read it For:
A great compilation of America’s best recipes.
Don't Read it For:
The book is only a compilation and has nothing to teach.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book includes recipes form some of the best chefs in the country.

The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside

Craving for the sweet and delicious food from the countryside of English countries and counties, find this book to get quench your thirst.

Read it For:
This book is one of the best ones on this list and documents everything clearly.
Don't Read it For:
This book has too many pictures and fewer instructions.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is visually pleasing and has any images to help a reader understand the book’s content

The Healthy Smoothie Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long

The book is one of those books which give you the best recipes for smoothies for your healthy diet. Along with the best recipes for smoothies, this book also gives you an insight into which ingredient to mix with which one to get the desired taste.

Read it For:
The book is dedicated to making the best of best smoothies for every health conscious person. Even if you aren’t health conscious, this book will allow you to enjoy tasty smoothies.
Don't Read it For:
The recipes in this book can be easily found on the internet.
What makes this book stand out?:
You can create many variants of the different recipes mentioned in the book.

Lomelino’s Pies: A Sweet Celebration of Pies, Galettes, and Tarts

Who doesn’t love sweets? This book teaches you how to get the right quantity of your ingredients to make the best of out of your sweet treats. With a range of many and variety of delicacies, this book is the heaven for any baker.

Read it For:
Learn how to make your own pastries and baked goods in a jiffy!
Don't Read it For:
The book is a little vague on the details.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the best books to read on the list for getting your own baked goods!

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

This book is a collection of genius recipes. How do you make something innovative and tasty? This book answers the question with some of the very best recipes that any reader can try. But your creativity and innovative thinking to a good use and derive the best results. The book teaches you how to move away from your conventional cooking style.

Read it For:
The executive editor Kristen Miglore, calls the recipes mentioned in this book genius recipes.
Don't Read it For:
The “genius recipes” are hard to nail, as the instructions are stretchy and complicated.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is highly favored by the professionals.

Thug Kitchen: The Official

We’ve all heard and ignored the advice of healthy eating and incorporating more greens in our foods. But this book will make you pay more attention to the advice. A truly great work on the cooking aspect, this book teaches you the importance of important foods, such as the widely popular green Kale, and how to incorporate it into your diet without being dull.

Read it For:
There has never been a book this well-written on healthy eating.
Don't Read it For:
The book is all about healthy eating and healthy cooking, some readers and cooks may find it dull and bland.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an innovative mix of new age thinking.

The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen

This is one of those books which show you the recipes and the colorful tales of Iranian Kitchen and how they make use of such vibrant spices and flavors. The book is a great book to read on the recipes from Iran and how the kitchens in Iran make it seem easy.

Read it For:
The book is documented with recipes, proportions, and images of the food, which makes it especially engaging.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not one of the most informative books of Iranian food.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is known for its vivid pictures and an impressive collection of the Iranian recipes.

Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

This book is rich in recipes form the author’s visit to three different countries. The author captures the sweetness of the tarts; the tangerine flavored pies and many more. The book is a collection of some of the best recipes from the three countries.

Read it For:
The book is an interactive book with easy to understand proportions and steps.
Don't Read it For:
The book is meant for professionals to try.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a mesmerizing document of vivid recipes from three countries with rich and exciting flavored food.

Turkish Delights: Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

Turkey is a vast country and begs to be traveled from one region to other. And because of this, the cuisine of Turkey stands out the most. You can find many variants of many different kinds of food which is being eaten here with great pleasure. The book takes you from one place to another in Turkey in gives you the recipes of the most delicious delicacies of the country.

Read it For:
The book captures breakfast, salads, sweet dishes, kebabs and much more.
Don't Read it For:
The book is hard to read and understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
A true collection of the most authentic and the most delicious foods from Turkey.

Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey

This book takes you through the journey of the Middle East and the food that is prepared there. The book gives the correct and the precise documentation of the recipes and the kind of food which is popular in those areas.

Read it For:
The book is extremely informative and takes you from this world to the Middle East in a few reads.
Don't Read it For:
The book shows us nothing out of the ordinary which we already haven’t seen.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is big on information. You will not find a better book than this.

Our Syria: Recipes from Home

Syria has always been one of the best areas where food is not only celebrated but also taken to a different level. The food in Syria is a blend of many customs and cultures in the Middle East, which makes the food here utterly delicious. This book gives you all the notable recipes of the region which are cooked in the tiny homes in Syria.

Read it For:
The book offers you the best and authentic taste of Syria.
Don't Read it For:
There are parts of the book which are quite complicated to make out. Plus all ingredients are hard to collect
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the most celebrated books of the recipes of the region.

Rasika: Flavors of India

This book is a collection of foods from the different areas and regions of India. The book gives detailed descriptions of the variety of food and culinary practices in India. Along with this, the book gives you the quantities of the spices you require for the said recipe.

Read it For:
Indian food relies on the smell and the taste of species, which is well detailed in this book.
Don't Read it For:
To find the right spices proves to be a hard task.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book does a good job of documenting the best of best dishes from India.

Golden: Sweet & Savory Baked Delights from the Ovens of London’s Honey & Co

Love sweet, sticky and stuffed sweet treats, pick this book up. The owner and the chef of the tiny restaurant in London write about her experiences with the recipes and documents all of her favorite lovely dishes with the exact recipes for everyone to try!

Read it For:
The book documents all the correct steps and the best recipes from the author with well-written steps.
Don't Read it For:
The simple and the treats are nothing out of the ordinary.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has been highly appreciated.

Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook: Classic Vietnamese Street Food Made at Home

A collection of recipes collected by the author since her childhood. The author writes about her methods in crystal clear language and documents recipes from phở to bánh mì. The author even gives you a detailed recipe to cook in the authentic Vietnamese

Read it For:
The author had been cooking the Vietnamese style food ever since she could remember; therefore she wrote the most known recipes down for others to try at home.
Don't Read it For:
The book is quite difficult to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book a good collection of Vietnamese food.

Clean Eating: 365 Days of Clean Eating Recipes

This book is one of the most important books to buy in today’s time. This book takes you through the process of clean eating and the benefits of eating well. This book also has a collection of some of the easiest recipes for you to turn to healthy living today.

Read it For:
The book is one of the most impressive works which will make you turn to healthy living.
Don't Read it For:
The book has no issues.
What makes this book stand out?:
The content of the book is easy to understand, and the recipes are easy to follow.

Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors

Ramen, the most celebrated food from Japan is a huge hit with local and international consumers. It is not easy to make the right bowl of ramen. There are many ingredients which come into play in a single bowl, and this book gives you a set of specific instructions to get the measurements correct.

Read it For:
The book contains more than hundred recipes, with nutritional facts. The book is a well-written guide for anyone who aims at creating the tastiest bowl of ramen at home.
Don't Read it For:
The ingredients are too vast, therefore the instructions, even though clear are confusing to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is written in the most straightforward language and is written with great care

Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking

If you’ve had the chance of tasting the traditional hot pot cooking of the Japanese cuisine, you must know how delicious it is. The  book gives you authentic recipes and conventional techniques to make the best hot pot at home.

Read it For:
The hot pot, as many Japanese dishes, incorporates the taste and flavor of many vegetables.
Don't Read it For:
The Japanese taste is not for everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of those books which gives you the crystal clear steps and guide to cooking your own styled food.

Homemade Pasta Made Simple: A Pasta Cookbook with Easy Recipes & Lessons to Make Fresh Pasta Any Night

This book is one of the best books, which gives you lessons and tricks to create your own pasta. The book is for those cooks, and enthusiasts who are tired of buying store made pasta and wish to make their own.

Read it For:
The book includes over sixty recipes and thirty different recipes for sauces. The book makes it a point to be clear on the instructions.
Don't Read it For:
The book is beyond amazing, with no issues.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book also adds some helpful tips which help out the reader with the basics and fundamentals of recipes.

Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master

As the title suggests, the book is the compilation of most natural Italian recipes, which even a beginner can get right without much practice.

Read it For:
The book not only has the best recipes for you to try but also adds many informational nuggets along the way. Through this book, you will learn the geographical and the cultural indicators of the tastes and how to get the exact taste as you need.
Don't Read it For:
A thoroughly impressive book. The book is a disappointment for advanced cooks.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an exceptional collection of recipes and easy to practice techniques.

The Vatican Cookbook

The book is the mesmerizing journey of the Vatican and its food. The book not only gives you the behind the scenes perspective of the food in the Vatican area but also tells us about the Popes of the region.

Read it For:
This book is an informative and interactive book with many, many pictures to entertain you.
Don't Read it For:
The vivid pictures steal away the glory.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a good book for learning the techniques and the best kind of things to look for in the Vatican.

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

This book is the compilation of the best recipes by the chef, and has been updated with the latest recipes for the American crowd. The book’s recipes are rolled and dipped in the techniques the chef has picked up over the years of his practice.

Read it For:
This is the first every book from the chef to be brought into the American markets. The book is a collection of one hundred and fifty recipes, which are simply jaw-dropping.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be let down for many people, as it has been translated into English.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives you the best recipes for good delicacies to cook on your own.

Ad Hoc at Home

Thomas Keller writes about his family’s recipes in this book. The family style meals are easy to make and are readily prepared. The chef and author make it point to describe everything in the book for the reader to understand it well

Read it For:
This book gives many recipes which are great for grand family style dinners.
Don't Read it For:
This book is one of those books which can be only used by an experienced cook.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book takes you through the author’s family’s recipes in the best form.

Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

This book has recipes for every course of the meal, be it desert or lunch or breakfast, or even sides, the chef has written it all. The book is the collaboration of tastes and flavors. This book is a spectacular journey of courses and meals for any cook to drool over.

Read it For:
The cookbook offers many kinds of recipes, which are easy and hard.
Don't Read it For:
The book is one of the few books which have been loved by all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has something for every kind of cook to try. Plus it is a collection of many recipes and courses.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs

This book gives the detailed list of all the ingredients that are used in the course of cooking.

Read it For:
The cookbook offers many kinds of recipes, which are easy and hard.
Don't Read it For:
The book is one of the few books which have been loved by all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has something for every kind of cook to try. Plus it is a collection of many recipes and courses.

The Book of Greens: A Cook’s Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress, with More Than 175 Recipes

The book is one of the best books to read on how to use and incorporate the greens in your food.

Read it For:
The book has more about two hundred recipes which show you how to use greens in breakfast or in deserts.
Don't Read it For:
The thought of adding greens to everything seems a bit absurd.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a good book on how to use greens in your foods!

Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats

The collection of the easiest and the best sweets’ recipes, which will blow your minds.

Read it For:
The collection of the easiest and the best sweets’ recipes, which will blow your minds.
Don't Read it For:
The book contains vivid and elaborative instructions on how to make your sweet treats good to eat.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is concentrated on how to decorate your sweets more than the process itself.

On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen

Vegetables, in different times and at different temperatures are hard to get right, which ruins your meal. Read this book to learn the game-changing techniques on mastering the flavor of vegetables.

Read it For:
A thoroughly informative book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is highly sparse in knowledge.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of those books which talk about getting the right textures and tastes from the vegetables.

Simply Ramen: A Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home

Ramen is the most popular Japanese dish. To create ramen, you need many ingredients and recipes. This book spells it all out for you.

Read it For:
Find more than a few handfuls of easy ramen recipes, which are easy to make.
Don't Read it For:
The authentic taste of the Japanese Ramen Bowl will be hard to achieve.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is informative and easy to use.

Timeless COOKIE Recipes Cookbook

One of the greatest cookbooks of our time, this book is rich with the countless recipes of delicious cookies.

Read it For:
The book is filled with simple and easy to bake cookies.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a little too simple, the content of the book is something our mothers can teach us.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simple and is rich in many recipes to try out.

Second Helpings of Roast Chicken

The best example of fearless cooking. The book follows recipes which include cocoa powder, apple, etc. These ingredients are used to make chicken, and the result is utterly astounding.

Read it For:
The cook shares his love for food through this collection of genius recipes.
Don't Read it For:
These recipes may be hard to get right.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book takes on a different note with recipes and food.

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food

The book is the product of a curious mind of a geek. The cook aspired to find out the reason behind the designated temperatures of baking and other things.

Read it For:
You will not find a book such as this one anywhere else.
Don't Read it For:
The book is too scientific.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book gives answers backed by science which makes the book easy to understand.

Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique: The definitive step-by-step guide to culinary excellence

The best reference book for cooking and gaining culinary experience. This book is one of the best books to learn the techniques and recipes favored by many chefs.

Read it For:
The book is rich in information for all aspects of cooking.
Don't Read it For:
No issues with the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is impressively designed and pleasing to the eyes.

Math for the Professional Kitchen

Did you know that chefs too had to solve some mathematical equations every day? This book teaches you all about the cooking “maths” and how to deal with it.

Read it For:
A classic read for anyone who is curious
Don't Read it For:
The book is too technical.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book finds the balance between the technical and the creative aspect of cooking.

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts

A comprehensive book on the deserts and their recipes enjoyed by Americans.

Read it For:
The book gives the easiest recipes for the best deserts.
Don't Read it For:
The book has no new information of the deserts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simple and easy to comprehend.

Little Flower Baking

The favorite recipes of one of the well-known chefs of California, is given here.

Read it For:
The book is a step by step guide to get the recipes right
Don't Read it For:
The book is too vague on the instructions’ part.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a good collection of desserts that anyone can try out at home.

Zingerman’s Bakehouse

A baker’s dream book, this book gives various techniques and recipes for a baker to use and make the best-baked goods.

Read it For:
The book is elaborate and teaches everything in the easiest way.
Don't Read it For:
The book is too simple for professional chefs.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of those books which will make you fall in love with cooking.

Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes, and Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix

For all those who want to eat healthy desserts. The book is one of those books which give you the best healthy recipes for desserts.

Read it For:
This book is one of those books which is written in an easy language, which can be followed by any person.
Don't Read it For:
This is all about deserts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of those books which show you all the healthiest recipes for deserts.

Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft

One of the best books, which give you the best of the recipes. This book gives you tricks and techniques to make your baked goods look beautiful.

Read it For:
The book has many recipes and information about cooking and baking materials.
Don't Read it For:
The book is too bland, lacks excitement.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of those books which takes you through the most accessible recipes for baking and other sweet baking goods.

The Silver Spoon

There is no other book which has been written with such brilliance as this one. The best book to learn and master many Italian recipes.

Read it For:
This book is a highly appreciated book which gives you clear instructions and details about the Italian tastes and flavors.
Don't Read it For:
There is no better book than this one to read on Italian foods.
What makes this book stand out?:
The recipes are easy to follow and easier to make.

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making

The best reference book for sauce and how to create the most irresistible sauce for your dish.

Read it For:
The book gives a good reference and idea on how to create the best sauces for every kind of food.
Don't Read it For:
The book is solely dedicated to the sauce and its information

Essential Spices and Herbs: Discover Them, Understand Them, Enjoy Them

The book gives you details of fifty different herbs and spices which will give you the chance to change the way you cook and your food’s taste.

Read it For:
The book is one of the best books to pick for reference in case you want to take your cooking to the next level.
Don't Read it For:
this is not a cookbook, but a reference manual to enhance your cooking and flavors.
What makes this book stand out?:
The precise content of the book and its written content make it easy to master the properties of the different spices and herbs

Mastering Stocks and Broths

Most cookbooks miss out on the importance of broths and stocks. This book is the best reference material to learn the importance.

Read it For:
This book is one of the best books to read to master the art of perfect cooking.
Don't Read it For:
This is the best handbook to learn the importance of the base of the food, but it is not a cookbook.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book will make you a better cook once you finish reading it.

Soups

This book gives you all the relevant details to make your soups rich in flavor.

Read it For:
The book is rich in information about what to use for garnishing, what makes your home-cooked soup thick, etc.
Don't Read it For:
This book is one of those books which can be only used for reference.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is part of a twenty-volume set, all which are rich in information.

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