My Must-Have Cookbook Compendium

December 20, 2010    |    By +
Pin It

Over the last few years I have become slightly obsessed with cooking, baking and eating. It’s a miracle that I haven’t had to replace my wardrobe, but I have had to replace my pots, knives and a few other odds and ends to get my kitchen in shape for serious preparations.

One of the most important things in my kitchen is my collection of cookbooks. Cookbooks provide the perfect starting point for exploring a new cuisine or any cuisine at all. Here are my favorite cook books and a few that I’m still dreaming of owning because they are loved by famous chefs and home cooks around the world. Some of these books have been loved for over 30 years! You can’t go wrong when you start with a recipe that has been trusted and revered for so long.

The one I want most is this new book India: The Cookbook is the first comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India’s rich and colorful culinary heritage. My first love though, is Larousse Gastronomique because it explains the basics of French cooking like no other.

Anyone who seriously cooks, loves food or wants to learn the basics of what makes an amazing meal MUST own at least one of these “bibles de cuisine”.

And for an extra “gifting” touch, throw in a beautiful cookbook stand so they can flip through these guides with ease.

You May Also Like:

Posted in Trend Alert!    


Follow Me on Pinterest

Meet the Gurus

Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.