5 Cookbooks Everyone Should Have On Their Shelf

Cookbooks are a necessity and should be present in every kitchen. But there are so many cookbooks available from a range of different authors. Although it would be great to own every cookbook ever published, unfortunately it just isn’t possible due to the financial aspect and the fact that kitchens have limited space. There are 5 cookbooks that everybody should have on their shelf and here they are:

Joy Of Cooking

5 Cookbooks Everyone Should Have On Their Shelf
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The first edition of this was published 81 years ago, so you know that the recipes are tried and tested. The story behind this book is exceptional as well. In 1931 Irma Rombauer from St. Louis took all of her life savings and self-published this book. Her daughter Marion made the illustrations and they sold the book from their apartment. It is still used by many today. The New York Public Library selected the Joy of Cooking as one of the 150 most influential books of the twentieth century. It is constantly being revised and the recipes are still as tasty as ever.

How To Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

The author of this book is Matt Bittman. The book is great for beginners as it shows them how to cook simple, but great tasting food. The instructions are extremely straightforward and he offers some really great advice throughout the book. This book is a must for both beginners and the experienced cooks.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours

You probably could have guess who this book was by the title. This book is by the British chef Jamie Oliver. The idea behind this book is that Jamie wanted to teach people how to cook wholesome, tasty food that was simple and could be prepared quickly. The title ministry of food is a reference to the ministry of food that was set up when food was in short supply in Britain. This book is designed to teach people how to cook by looking at the past, which is an exceptional idea.

Nigella Bites

This must-have cookbook is by the writer and cook, Nigella Lawson. The book contains plenty of uncomplicated, original and fresh ideas for recipes that can be made for all occasions. There are recipes that can be rustled up quickly after a busy day at work or recipes that can be made to nibble on throughout the weekend. Whatever you are after I am sure that this cookbook will have a recipe that you can use.  This book is based on Nigella’s ethos that cooking the food and eating the food should be enjoyable. A cool feature of this books is that there are blank pages throughout, which enable you to jot down notes whenever you please.

The New York Times Cookbook

This cookbook was published in 1961 and was written by Craig Claiborne. It has been revised a number of times, each time the recipes are reviewed, revised and updated. The book contains recipes from all over the globe making it an essential, as it offers you the ability to try different foods out.

This is a guest post from contributing author Victoria Abrams. Vic is writing for Nigella Lawson, an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Nigella is the author of 9 best selling cookbooks and featured in several TV shows around the globe.