5 Cookbooks You Should Own

5 Cookbooks You Should Own

Sure, it's easy to just save your recipes on Pinterest...

But isn't it nice to own beautiful, educational cookbooks that you can readily flip through for inspiration and knowledge? And build your own personalized collection that defines your tastes and culinary journey? They almost become memory albums for all the experiences you've had in the kitchen, making yourself a beautiful dinner just because, or bringing a homemade side dish to a festive occasion. Here's 5 you shouldn't be without.

Pssst! We recommend you pick these babies up at our favorite cookbook store, Book Larder

Sometimes it's best to trust the experts, and believe me the folks behind the recipes in this book are the experts — luminaries of the cooking world that include Marcella Hazan, Nigella Lawson, David Chang, and Seattle's very own Molly Wizenberg. The recipes included are their go-to's, what they're famous for. Be it Hazan's amazing three ingredient tomato sauce (which got me through many a frugal months), or Wizenberg's never-will-fail-you red wine vinaigrette. 

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It's no secret that Emerald is a humongous fan of Ina Garten, patron saint of the Hamptons. Seriously, if we could get invited over to anyone's house for dinner, it would be Ina's. Hopefully Jeffrey would be there and hopefully she would be serving roast chicken paired with a stiff cocktail. Hearty giggles would ensue, I assure you. While you probably can't go wrong with any of Ina's books, this one is a good starter, filled with universally loved recipes and tips on entertaining at home for a vibe that's a mix of homey and elegant — classic Ina!

Are we so predictable that we included this book on the list? Long hair, don't care. It is so much fun to put yourself in the proverbial pearls of Julia Child and recreate these iconic recipes. Some of them are reeeeally dated, yes. And over-involved. And us millennials ain't got time for that. BUT stick with it. Learn from Julia. Start with a sauce. And work your way up to the iconic boeuf bourgonigon. French cooking can be fussy, but it will make you into a better, more well-rounded cook.

We'd never leave Martha off this list. Martha is a badass and we love her and all of her uptightness. We also love recipes that are easy. Because let's face it: Julia's recipes are kind of reserved for weekend nights, when you have more time. Meals that can stretch into your work week lunches are economic and delicious. It also makes the perfect book for wintertime cookery.

Vegetarian or not, how can you say no to the cover of this book? It draws you in. The bright jewels of pomegranate seeds, the charred bits of eggplant, the magic meltiness of the cheese. It's good to be empowered with exciting yet accessible recipes revolving around vegetables, Ottolenghi is the one to do it. 

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