August 7, 2013

The List: The 10 Best Cookbooks Ever


Whether you cook with them religiously, just own them as part of your kitchen décor, or fall someplace in between, cookbooks are an important addition to EVERY household cooks kitchen. We tried and tasted and narrowed down a list of our top ten favourite cookbooks, from complex, multi ingredient sauces to simple salad dressings, we have a book for every type of chef. In short, our top ten best cookbooks ever…


1/ My Father’s Daughter – Whether you love her, or love to hate her, it’s hard not to be impressed with Gwyneth’s first foray into cookbooks. My Father’s Daughter is chalk full of healthy, delicious recipes and beautiful images.


2/ Plenty by Ottolenghi – A visit to Ottolenghi’s namesake Notting Hill shop solidified our love for this Isreal born chef, whose imaginative cooking makes even the simplest of ingredients decadent and enticing. We promise that you’ll never think of vegetables as ‘boring’ again after flipping through this book.


3/ Martha’s Entertaining – This cookbook/décor styleguide hybrid is filled with beautiful images and inspiring entertaining tips.  We love to drool over her over the top tablescapes and beautiful country houe.


4/ Off the Shelf by Donna Hay – Donna Hay teaches us how to make the most of your pantry items in this exciting and very user friendly book.


5/ Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking – No cookbook compilation would be complete without Julia Child’s beloved guide. It’s as relevant today as it was over fifty years ago when it was written.


6/ Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics – The Barefoot Contessa teaches us to transform simple, fresh ingredients into amazing meals in this totally accessable, visually appealing cookbook.


7/ The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Cookbook –  This particular farmer’s market is frequented by many local chefs (some, like Michael McCarty… even offer guided cooking tours of the stalls) and the book instructs us on the importance of sourcing and using local produce and products when possible.


8/ Sauces by James Peterson – Sauces is the winner of the uber prestigious James Beard cookbook of the year award, and it’s not hard to see why.  The book is a focused look at sauces of all kind and is a great resource whether you’re an aspiring chef or an experienced one.


9/ Sunday Suppers at Lucques – Chef Suzanne Goin’s book was inspired by the farm fresh, family like suppers that she used to offer at her restaurant Lucques in LA.  After trying a few of the recipes, we’re dreaming of actually attending one of the chef’s Sunday Suppers!


10/ Bouchon Bakery – The perfect combination of beautiful photography and mouthwatering sweets makes acclaimed chef Thomas Keller’s book the sole dessert recipe book on our list. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, we suggest attempting the croissants!



  • Paula Whelan

    I don’t have any of these cookbooks but there are a couple that interest me. I will see if the public library has them so I can check them out.

  • Paul Silverman

    How is it possible that Second Helpings Please is not at the top of this list.

  • Mike

    The title of this article is one of the 10 worst and most misleading ever.

  • William Boulet

    You forgot Paula Deen.

  • Michael Hofstetter

    Gwyneth Paltrow’s book? Really? Sauces and Julia’s books are great but where’s Joy of Cooking? Where’s Harold McGee? Where’s a bunch of others?