Cookbooks

Without a sense of history, it's easy to think everything we recognize originated, at most, 100 years ago. It's no different with cooking. So when we find out that one of the earliest known cookbooks was a collection called the Apicius (thought to be compiled in the late 4th century AD), and that it was a gourmet cookbook rather than a list of primitive procedures, we're a bit shocked.

Of course, stuffed sardines and cuttle-fish croquettes aren't typically on the menu anymore. Fortunately, cookbooks have had 1700 years to grow with the cuisine. The best of them aren't just collections of recipes—they offer the philosophy of food, observations and reflections on the art of cooking, the history of favorite dishes, etc.

And great recipes, obviously. Though our selection is limited, we've done our best to bring in books that reflect this diversity while still providing usable and tasty recipes for both everyday meals and highbrow foods for special occasions. Many are suggestions from friends and family members who are avid cooks, bakers and gastrophiles familiar with the best and latest cookbooks. For the newest additions, use the "new books" filter on the right.

Some of the used cookbooks we offer are only on our shelves because they made us hungry—meaning we haven't tested the recipes or had them recommended by others who have. A number are specifically for kids or about specific historical eras. There are novelty cookbooks, like Lobscouse and Spotted Dog which catalogues dishes eaten by sailors in the Royal Navy during the Napoleanic Wars. Others are masterpieces of culinary prose.

We aren't trying to promote a certain diet, denigrate the use of boxed or canned food, or get you wearing homemade clothes while milking goats in the middle of nowhere. While all of those approaches have their benefits, we'd argue a more balanced approach. What we're trying to foster through the cookbooks we carry is a sense of the joy of cooking and the centrality of the table in home life. What that looks like for your family is your family's own business; these are simply suggestions and possible guidelines.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes
by Debra Amrein-Boyes
from Robert Rose
for Adult
in Self-Sufficiency (Location: C08-09A)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
All American Cheese and Wine Book
by Laura Werlin
from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Culture of Drinking & Wine (Location: C08-05A)
$8.05 (1 in stock)
America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
by America's Test Kitchen
3rd edition from Boston Common Press
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$28.00
America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook
Lslf from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$24.50
Apple Pie Perfect
by Ken Haedrich
4th Printing
for Adult
in Baking (Location: C08-05B)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Best International Recipe Cookbook
1st edition from America's Test Kitchen
for 9th-12th grade
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$35.00 $24.50 (1 in stock)
Blender Baby Food
by Nicole Young, Nadine Day
from Robert Rose
for Adult
in Pregnancy & Infant Care (Location: C08-07E)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Bless This Food
by Julia M. Pitkin, George & Karen Grant
from Cumberland House
Cookbooks for
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$22.95 $13.00 (1 in stock)
Chocolate Lovers
by Joan van Loon
from Whitecap Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Cooking for Kids (Location: CPB-06A)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Complete Wine Course
by Kevin Zraly
Revised from Sterling Publishing Co.
for Adult
in Culture of Drinking & Wine (Location: C08-05A)
$8.40 (1 in stock)
Cooking Up World History
by Patricia C. Marden, Suzanne I. Barchers
from Teacher Ideas Press
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Food & Farming Around the World (Location: B04-00A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Country Beans
by Rita Bingham
11th edition from Natural Meals in Minutes
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook
by John C. Trever
1st edition from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Deceptively Delicious
by Jessica Seinfeld
1st edition from HarperCollins
for All Ages
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Eat Your Way Around the World
by Jamie Aramini
from Geography Matters
for 4th-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: B04-04C)
$14.95 $10.00 (2 in stock)
Eat Your Way Through the USA
by Loreé Pettit
from Geography Matters
for 4th-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: B04-04C)
$14.95 $10.00 (1 in stock)
Efficient Kitchen
by Shelly Miller
for Adult
in Home Economics Curriculum (Location: C08-07D)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Emeril's There's Chef in My World
for 4th-7th grade
in Cooking for Kids (Location: CPB-06A)
$7.20 (1 in stock)
Essential Cook Book
by Caroline Conran, Terence Conran, Simon Hopkinson
from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
First Meals
by Annabel Karmel
New Expanded Ed from DK Publishing
for Nursery
in Pregnancy & Infant Care (Location: C08-07E)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Five in a Row Cookbook
by Becky Jane Lambert
from Five in a Row
for 2nd-6th grade
in Five in a Row (Location: B18-06A)
Food and Recipes of the Civil War
Cooking Throughout American History
by G. Erdosh, George Erdosh
1st edition
for 1st-4th grade
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: B01-18A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Grandmother's Food Secrets
First Paperback Edition
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$5.20 (1 in stock)
He Art Cooking
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$3.90 (1 in stock)
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
by Jeff Hertzberg, Zoe Francois
1st edition from Thomas Dunne Books
for Adult
in Baking (Location: C08-05B)
$22.00 $17.50 (1 in stock)
Homestead Blessings: Art of Cooking DVD
Homestead Blessings
from Franklin Springs Family Media
for 6th-Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Homestead Blessings: Art of Dairy Delights
from Franklin Springs Family Media
for 9th-Adult
in Self-Sufficiency (Location: C08-09A)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Homesteading
by Abigail R. Gehring
2nd edition from Skyhorse Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Self-Sufficiency (Location: C08-09A)
$27.95
Hot Providence
by Luke Jankovic, Liz Jankovic
from Live Lovely
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
How to Repair Food
by John Bear, Marina C. Bear, Tanya Zeryck
Revised from Ten Speed Press
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$4.55 (1 in stock)
In a Shaker Kitchen
by Norma MacMillan
from Pavilion Books
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
International Cookbook for Kids
by Matthew Locricchio
Reprint
for 5th-7th grade
in Multicultural Books (Location: ARF-02E)
Jewish Holiday Cookbook
by Gloria Kaufer Greene
1st edition from Crown Trade Paperbacks
for Adult
in Jewish Holidays (Location: APO-02A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Joy of Cooking
by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker
from Bobbs-Merril Co
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Juicing Bible
for Adult
in Self-Sufficiency (Location: C08-09A)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Kids' Multicultural Cookbook
by Deanna F. Cook
from Williamson Publishing Company
for 3rd-5th grade
in Cooking for Kids (Location: CPB-06A)
$14.99 $10.49 (1 in stock)
Kitchen and Cooking Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 9th-Adult
in Home Economics Curriculum (Location: C08-07D)
$9.95
Little House Cookbook
by Barbara Walker
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-8th grade
in Little House Materials (Location: A06-02E)
$9.99
Loaves of Fun
by Elizabeth H. Harbison
1st edition from Chicago Review Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Culture of Food (Location: C08-05F)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
Lobscouse and Spotted Dog
by Anne Grossman & Lisa Grossman Thomas
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Cookbook for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$18.95
Mark Bittman's Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times
by Mark Bittman
from Random House
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Mary Poppins in the Kitchen
by P. L. Travers
from HMH Books for Young Readers
for 4th-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$16.99
Medieval Cookbook
by Maggie Black
from Thames and Hudson
for 5th-12th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
$21.21
More Best Recipes
from Cook's Illustrated
for 9th-Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$30.00
More-With-Less Cookbook
by Doris Janzen Longacre
25th anniversary from Herald Press
for Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$24.99 $17.49 (1 in stock)
New American Cheese
by Laura Werlin
1st edition from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Self-Sufficiency (Location: C08-09A)
$8.05 (1 in stock)
New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
by Jeff Hertzberg, Zoe Francois
from Thomas Dunne Books
for Adult
in Baking (Location: C08-05B)
$29.99
New Best Recipe Cookbook
from America's Test Kitchen
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$28.00
Norman Rockwell's Spirit of America
for All ages
in Tales from Around the World (Location: A11-04A)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Nourishing Traditions
by Sally Fallon
from New Trends Publishing, Inc.
for 11th-Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: C08-05C)
$21.50 $17.50 (1 in stock)
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