I used to think having access to so many recipes online today, why would I ever need a cookbook?

Then I got one.

A cookbook is more than just a list of recipes. It is truly a collection of a food artists vision around meal making and often times offer a piece of both social and cultural history. Heck you don’t even need to make any of the dishes to enjoy a cookbook. Sometimes the story around a dish is just as important as the dish itself.

Cookbooks can offer tips on new techniques and expand your knowledge of the food you are making. Ask any chef and they will vehemently agree that cookbooks offer some of the best food education available.

Here are our recommendations for must have cookbooks

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity


To start, the flavor bible is the most essential cookbook on the market. The book is basically the dictionary of cooking and provides thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, to create a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book its easy to see why its found a home in kitchens across the world.

Vegetarian version here

Tasty Latest and Greatest Cookbook

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If you are even somewhat active on social media you will know what Tasty is. Launched as a part of Buzzfeed, Tasty has quickly transformed the way we see simple, easy, and delicious recipes. Now available in cookbook form checkout the latest and greatest from Tasty all in one place

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook


Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. The team wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real food.

Plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with micro greens and nettles. This book gives you the real deal without much of the fluff and fake hype. Did we mention it’s fully vegan!

Flour Water Salt Yeast

There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country.

No better place to start than this must have baking guide that not only provides you with recipes but really dives into the art of baking bread. Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints.

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health

Since 2009, Melissa Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has led hundreds of thousands of people to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. The Whole30 is designed to help break unhealthy patterns of behavior, stop stress-related comfort eating, and reduce cravings, particularly for sugar and carbohydrates.