5 Cookbooks Every New Chef Needs In Their Kitchen

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In the days of food blogging and Pinterest, cookbooks feel like a thing of the past. However, I am a bit nostalgic for turning through the actual pages of a cookbook. I love them so much and have a rather large collection of cookbooks I use regularly.

While I don’t recommend hoarding cookbooks you don’t need, I’d love to recommend a few titles for you to add to your personal collection.

Before You Buy A Cookbook

When looking for cookbooks, I encourage you to really think about the types of foods you cook, have access to, and like. A cookbook full of fish recipes will just collect dust on your shelf, if you are not a big fish eater. Same goes for cookbooks with unique ingredients if you live somewhere without specialty grocery stores.

If you want to save some money, I’d also see if your library has a copy of the cookbook that you can borrow. I’ll borrow a digital version of a cookbook before I spend money on buying a physical copy.

Skinnytaste One and Done

Skinnytaste One and Done Cookbook

Skinnytaste One and Done is my most used cookbook. Not because the recipes are healthy-ish but because the recipes are easy.

All of the recipes in this book can be made on a busy weeknight, they require no special ingredients, and they taste great.

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Dinner: Changing The Game

When dinner starts to get boring, pick a recipe from Dinner Changing The Game.

Filled with over 200 inventive yet straightforward recipes, dinner won’t be boring again.

While this book is called Dinner. there are plenty of breakfast and lunch friendly recipes included as well.

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Dinner: Changing The Game

Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking might not be a cookbook you use for everyday cooking, but you’ll be glad you own it.

Anything and everything you could ever want to know about cooking is in this book.

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While we like to have a good collection of easy recipes that can be made any day of the week, we believe no cookbook collection is complete without one speciality book.

Sababa is a great book for those that want to explore Israeli flavors. The recipes in this book are a bit more complicated but totally worth the effort.

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Sababa Cookbook

The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion

Have you ever tried to bake without a recipe? Unless you are an experienced baker or extremely lucky, baking without a recipe is next to impossible. That’s why you need this book. It has any type of baking recipe you might need from bread to cake and everything in between.

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