Recommended Cookbooks

Your Favorite Cookbooks

What cookbooks do I recommend to new & experienced cooks?

Many of you have written and asked me for suggestions on what cookbooks and cooking magazines I recommend so I’ve created this page to share some of my favorites with you. I must have collected over 100 cookbooks over the years but some are more special than others. I love getting ideas from them, but most often use them as a reference to create my own dishes.

Books By Category & Available at Amazon

Here are some of my all time favorite cookbooks. I have broken them up into various categories that I think will help make your deciding what book is best for you.

These books are all linked to Amazon. To learn more and order any of these books at, just click on the book.

Essential Guides for Any Home Cook







What’s Hot

x return to cooking The Golden Sear Cafe Cookbook
A Return to Cooking The Golden Spear Cafe
I Love Crab Cakes Cookbook A Master Class Cookbook
I Love Crab Cakes A Master Class


Starter Cookbooks

The New Basics Cookbook The Monday to Friday Cookbook
How to Cook Everything The Joy of Cooking Cookbook


Key Ingredients

The Complete Meat Cookbook
The Complete Meat Cookbook


Italian Cooking

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Everday Italian
La Veray Cucinay Italiana Cookbook
x silver spoonThe Silver Spoon Cookbook
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes LA Vera Cucina Italiana: Fundamentals of Classic Italian
The Silver Spoon

 Famous Chefs

jacques pepins table
kitchen confidential
Think Like A Chef
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Jacques Pépin’s Table Kitchen Confidential Think Like a Chef Mastering the Art of French Cooking

 Television Chefs

Sara Moulton Cooks at Home
365 No Repeats
Nigella Bites
The Naked Chef Cookbook
Sara Moulton Cooks at Home Rachael Ray 365 Nigella Bites Happy Days With the Naked Chef

 Thinking of Going to Culinary Schools?

x making of chef
x success as chef
x prefessional chef
x becoming a chef
The Making of a Chef Idiot’s Guide toSuccess as a Chef The Professional Chef Becoming a Chef
x heatHeat


More Great Books about Culinary school & Becoming a Chef

 Sauce Cookbooks

x sauces peterson
x book of sauces
x sauces farrow
x sauce bible
Sauces The Saucier’s Apprentice  Sauce The Sauce Bible

 Cheese books

x cheese primer
x cheese bible
x encyclopedia of cheese
x cheese plate
Cheese Primer The Cheese Bible The World Encyclopediaof Cheese

The Cheese Plate

 From the Culinary Institute of America

x making of chef
x the professional chef
x cooking at home
x baking at home
The Making of a Chef The Professional Chef Cooking at Home Baking at Home
x cia bootcamp
x grilling exciting flavors
x book of soups
x gourmet meals minutes
Culinary Boot Camp Grilling Book of Soups Gourmet Meals in Minutes