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Good General Cookbooks

"We could not have had a better dinner had there been a Synod of Cooks."
—Dr. Samuel Johnson


Our other "good cookbooks" pages:

About "General" Cookbooks

(You should already have read the general notes on our selection of cookbooks and on interpreting our book listings, as found on our Good Cookbooks main cookbooks page.)

These are cookbooks that do not have a special focus (though some may lean toward French cookery). They are, in the main, for cooks with at least some mastery of basic cookery techniques, though some (also included on our Basic Cookbooks page) may contain some instructional material as well. They are what one generically means by "a cookbook", with--typically--a broad assortment of recipes. Cookbooks with various specialty focuses--whether on technique, particular food, nation or region, and more, are in the various lists on the other cookbook-list pages of this site.

          General:
book cover How to Cook without a Book:
 Recipes and Techniques Every
 Cook Should Know by Heart


by Pam Anderson

Hardback:
Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
USD $20.92
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The title expresses the idea: don't learn recipes, learn cooking. Anderson sets out to give the reader a sound grasp, to be well and truly memorized, of how to cook, technique by technique (even to little mnemonic rhymes). And, to read the reviews, she succeeds admirably.


          General:
book cover James Beard Cookbook, The

by James A. Beard

Paperback:
Avalon Travel Publishing
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Cooking by Hand

by Paul Bertolli

Hardback:
Random House USA Inc
USD $28.53
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          General:
book cover How to Cook Everything - The Basics:
 All You Need to Make Great Food -- With
 1,000 Photos


by Mark Bittman

Hardback:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
USD $20.72
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          General:
book cover Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook:
 Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic
 Bistro Cooking


by Anthony Bourdain

Hardback:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
USD $29.44
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          General:
book cover Julia's Kitchen Wisdom:
 Essential Techniques and
 Recipes from a Lifetime
 of Cooking


by Julia Child

Paperback:
Alfred A. Knopf
USD $10.97
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          General:
book cover Julia's Kitchen Wisdom:
 Essential Techniques and
 Recipes from a Lifetime
 of Cooking


by Julia Child

Hardback:
Alfred A. Knopf
USD $20.02
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          General:
book cover Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home

by Julia Child

Hardback:
Alfred A. Knopf
USD $49.06
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          General:
book cover Way to Cook, The

by Julia Child

Paperback:
Alfred A. Knopf
USD $37.74
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          General:
book cover Way to Cook, The

by Julia Child

Hardback:
Alfred A. Knopf
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover "New York Times" Cookbook

by Craig Claiborne

Hardback:
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
USD $32.59
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          General:
book cover Chef, Interrupted:
 Delicious Chefs' Recipes
 That You Can Actually
 Make at Home


by Melissa Clark

Hardback:
Clarkson Potter Publishers
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Home Cooking:
 A Writer in the
 Kitchen


by Laurie Colwin

Paperback:
Random House USA Inc
USD $10.81
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          General:
book cover Elizabeth David Classics:
 "Mediterranean Food", "French
 Country Cooking" and "Summer
 Cooking"


by Elizabeth David

Hardback:
GRUB STREET
USD $16.50
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          General:
book cover Firehouse Food:
 Favourite Recipes
 from San Francisco's
 Firefighters


by George Dolese

Paperback:
CHRONICLE BOOKS
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover River Cottage Cookbook, The

by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Paperback:
HarperCollins Publishers
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
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          General:
book cover Anatomy of a Dish, The

by Diane Forley

Hardback:
Workman Publishing
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Good Things

by Jane Grigson

Paperback:
University of Nebraska Press
USD $23.95
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          General:
book cover Sunday Suppers at Lucques:
 Seasonal Recipes from Market
 to Table


by Suzanne Goin

Hardback:
Alfred A. Knopf
USD $30.82
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          General:
book cover Modern Classics Book One Us Edition

by Donna Hay

Paperback:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
USD $21.26
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          General:
book cover Cook and the Gardener, The:
 A Year of Recipes and Notes
 from the French Countryside


by Amanda Hesser

Hardback:
WW Norton & Co
USD $28.61
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          General:
book cover Beat That!:
 Cookbook


by Ann Hodgman

Paperback:
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
USD $17.37
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          General:
book cover Beat This! Cookbook:
 Absolutely Unbeatable
 Knock-'Em-Dead Recipes
 for the Very Best Dishes


by Ann Hodgman

Paperback:
Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
USD $14.75
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          General:
book cover Roast Chicken and Other Stories

by Simon Hopkinson

Hardback:
Hyperion
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover How to Eat:
 The Pleasures
 and Principles
 of Good Food


by Nigella Lawson

Hardback:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Nigella Bites:
 From Family Meals
 to Elegant Dinners,
 Easy, Delectable
 Recipes for Any
 Occasion


by Nigella Lawson

Hardback:
Hyperion
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Concise Larousse Gastronomique:
 The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia


(author not specified)

Paperback:
Octopus Publishing Group
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.


"Encyclopedia" is certainly the name for it: this, the "concise" version, sports 1,440 pages. It is one of the most highly regarded cookbooks in hostory.


          General:
book cover Taste: Pure and Simple:
 Irresistible Recipes for
 Good Food and Good Health


by Michel Nischan

Hardback:
CHRONICLE BOOKS
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Jamie's Dinners:
 The Essential Family
 Cookbook


by Jamie Oliver

Hardback:
Hyperion
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way

By (photographer) Ben Fink

Hardback:
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
USD $22.27
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          General:
book cover Chef for All Seasons, A

by Gordon Ramsay

Paperback:
TEN SPEED PRESS
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
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          General:
book cover Gordon Ramsay Chef for All Seasons

by Gordon Ramsay

Hardback:
Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Gourmet Cookbook, The:
 More Than 1000 Recipes


Edited by Ruth Reichl

Hardback:
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Joy of Cooking

by Irma Starkhoff Rombauer

Hardback:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
USD $29.96
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The history of this classic is complicated, and many different versions have borne the same title. This is the latest and arguably best.


          General:
book cover New Way to Cook, A

by Sally Schneider

Paperback:
ARTISAN
USD $22.89
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          General:
book cover Bonnie Stern's Essentials of Home Cooking

by Bonnie Stern

Paperback:
Random House USA Inc
USD $22.46
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Available - ships from the UK in 11 business days


          General:
book cover Inspired by Ingredients:
 Market Menus and Family Favorites
 from a Three-Star Chef


by Andrew Friedman

Hardback:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Cooked to Perfection:
 An Illustrated Guide to
 Achieving Success with
 Every Dish


by Anne Willan

Paperback:
Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes:
 The Best Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks
 of the Year


Edited by Food and Wine Magazine

Hardback:
Time Inc Home Entertaiment
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.


This is a long-running annual series, and the earlier editions are well worth exploring.


          General:
book cover Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes:
 The Best Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks
 of the Year


Edited by Food and Wine Magazine

Hardback:
Time Inc Home Entertaiment
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.


This is a long-running annual series, and the earlier editions are well worth exploring.


          General:
book cover Best Recipe, The

Edited by Cook's Illustrated

Hardback:
Cook's Illustrated
Book unavailable from The Book Depository;
link is to copies (new & used) at AbeBooks.



          General:
book cover Professional Chef, The:
 Study Guide


by The Culinary Institute of America

Paperback:
John Wiley & Sons Inc
USD $42.02
Price and availability from The Book Depository.
Available - ships from the UK in 3 business days


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