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's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and 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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1,000 Vegan Recipes
by Robin Robertson
from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
for Adult
in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (Location: COOK-VEG)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
101 Things To Do With a Slow Cooker
by Stephanie Ashcraft and Janet Eyring
from Gibbs M. Smith
for Adult
in Cooking Methods and Science of Food (Location: COOK-SCI)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
4-Hour Chef
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
for Adult
in Cooking Methods and Science of Food (Location: COOK-SCI)
$16.00 (2 in stock)
5 Ingredients or Less!
from Gooseberry Patch
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
660 Curries
by Raghavan Iyer
from Workman Publishing
for Adult
in Around the World and Ethnic Cooking (Location: COOK-ETH)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Adventures in San Francisco Sourdough Cooking & Baking
by Charles D. Wilford and Lynn W. Boyd
from Gold Rush Sourdough Co.
for Adult
in Baking & Deserts (Location: SS-COOK)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
All About Roasting
by Molly Stevens
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
All-American Low-Fat Meals in Minutes
by M. J. Smith
from DCI Publishing
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Alton Brown's Gear For Your Kitchen
by Alton Brown
from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Cooking Methods and Science of Food (Location: COOK-SCI)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
America's Test Kitchen Comfort Food Makeovers
by America's Test Kitchen
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
America's Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2012
by America's Test Kitchen
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
America's Test Kitchen Live! 2005
by Cook's Illustrated Editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
American Grub
by Lynn Kuntz and Jan Fleming, Illustrated by Mark A. Hicks
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
An Everlasting Meal
by Tamar Adler
from Scribner
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Appetite for Reduction
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
from Da Capo Press
for Adult
in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (Location: COOK-VEG)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Appetizers, Finger Food, Buffets, and Parties
by Bridget Jones
from Hermes House
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Art of Chinese Cuisine
by Hsiang Ju Lin and Tsuifeng Lin
from Tuttle Publishing
for Adult
in Around the World and Ethnic Cooking (Location: COOK-ETH)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Art of Low-Calorie Cooking
by Sally Schneider
from Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day
by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
from Thomas Dunne Books
for Adult
in Baking & Deserts (Location: SS-COOK)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
At Elizabeth David's Table
by Elizabeth David, preface by Ruth Reichl
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
At Home with Madhur Jaffrey
by Madhur Jaffrey
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for Adult
in Around the World and Ethnic Cooking (Location: COOK-ETH)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Baking with Friends
by Sharon Davis and Charlene Patton; illustrated by Coleen McIntyre
from Goops Unlimited
for 2nd-8th grade
in Cooking for Kids (Location: SS-Cook)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Bean by Bean
by Crescent Dragonwagon
from Workman Publishing
for Adult
in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (Location: COOK-VEG)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Bean Gourmet Presents the Greatest Little Bean Cookbook
by Tom Chasuk
from Hearst Books
for Adult
in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (Location: COOK-VEG)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Beat This! Cookbook
by Ann Hodgman
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home
by Janet Chadwick
3rd edition from Storey Publishing
for Adult
in Cooking Methods and Science of Food (Location: COOK-SCI)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Best Chicken Recipes
by Cook's Illustrated Editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Best International Recipe Cookbook
1st edition from America's Test Kitchen
for 9th-12th grade
in Cookbooks (Location: SS-COOK)
Best Light Recipe
by Cook's Illustrated Editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Best Meat Recipes
by Cook's Illustrated Editors
from America's Test Kitchen
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Best of America's Test Kitchen 2007
from America's Test Kitchen
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Best of America's Test Kitchen 2008
by America's Test Kitchen editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Best of America's Test Kitchen 2009
by America's Test Kitchen
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Best of Sunset Low-Fat Cookbook
by Sunset Books
from Sunset Publishing Corp.
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Best Recipes in the World
by Mark Bittman
from Broadway Books
for Adult
in Around the World and Ethnic Cooking (Location: COOK-ETH)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Best Simple Recipes
by America's Test Kitchen editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Best Skillet Recipes
by Cook's Illustrated Editors
from America's Test Kitchen
for Adult
in Cooking Methods and Science of Food (Location: COOK-SCI)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens
by Mary Mason Campbell, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
from Universal Publishing Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Cookbooks (Location: SS-COOK)
Betty Crocker's New Cookbook
by Betty Crocker
8th edition from Macmillan
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food
from Ten Speed Press
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Bistro Cooking at Home
by Gordon Hamersley
from Broadway Books
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Bless This Food
by Julia M. Pitkin, George & Karen Grant
from Cumberland House
Cookbooks for
in Cookbooks (Location: SS-COOK)
$22.95 $13.00 (1 in stock)
Blue Moon Soup
by Gary Goss; illustrated by Jane Dyer
from Little, Brown & Company
for 2nd-8th grade
in Cooking for Kids (Location: SS-Cook)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Blue Ribbon Cookbook
from Clarkson Potter Publishers
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Broccoli by Brody
by Lora Brody
from William Morrow & Company
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Build a Better Burger
by James McNair
from Ten Speed Press
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Canon of Vegetables
by Raymond Sokolov
from William Morrow & Company
for Adult
in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (Location: COOK-VEG)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Carefree Cook
by Rick Rodgers
from Broadway Books
for Adult
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
in Miscellaneous Cookbooks (Location: COOK-MIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Celebration of Wellness
by James Levin and Natalie Cederquist
from GLO, Inc.
for Adult
in Healthy Cooking and Diet (Location: COOK-HEA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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