33 of Your Favorite Cookbooks

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My brother and my sister-in-law gave us a cookbook for Christmas, and all of a sudden my eyes are open to the rut my dinner table has been occupying since the last time we welcomed a new cookbook (maybe three or four years ago?). It’s an exciting time in my kitchen! We asked you what cookbook you think Riot readers should get some hard-earned food stains on, and here are some of your answers:

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt

Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks by Stephanie Izard and Dan Goldberg

Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (& True Stories) from a Food-Obsessed Actor by Freddie Prinze Jr.

The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Kaizen

Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives by Ree Drummond

Our Best Bites: 150 Family-Friendly Recipes by Sara Wells and Kate Jones

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson and Bonnie Matthews

Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

Soup: A Kosher Collection by Pam Reiss

The Enchilada Queen Cookbook by Sylvia Casares and Dotty Griffith

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy and Johnny Autry

Make-Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott and Sarah Fragoso

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat and Wendy McNaughton

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die by Jet Tila

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer

Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book

The Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle, Getting Lean, and Staying Healthy by Michael Matthews and Andrea Lynn

Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good

EveryDayCook by Alton Brown

Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord

Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2018

Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics by Robyn Stone and Ree Drummond

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino

What are your favorite cookbooks? Want even more cookbook recommendations?

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