In the early-to-mid 20th century, Americans cooked from scratch mostly because there was no other option. They needed solutions: what to make with a brisket and not much else, or how to cope with a half a carton of milk that was smelling suspicious. You probably can't turn to Ottolenghi to use up your sour milk. But you can turn to a book that's seventy-five years old and eat exceedingly well as a result. Here are the ones that belong on your bookshelf.

The Case for Loving Vintage Cookbooks

The Case for Loving Vintage Cookbooks (Serious Eats)

Wondering which books you need in your cocktail library? Here are ten essentials—all historic and modern classics.

10 Essential Books For Cocktail Lovers: Vintage and Modern Classics

Wondering which books you need in your cocktail library? Here are ten essentials—all historic and modern classics.

Husk chef Sean Brock is a seed-saver and a book-hoarder, collecting old classics and community cookbooks with the aim, he says, of owning every American cookbook that was printed in 19th century. Here are a few of his favorites.

Sean Brock's Favorite Cookbooks

Husk chef Sean Brock is a seed-saver and a book-hoarder, collecting old classics and community cookbooks with the aim, he says, of owning every American cookbook that was printed in century.

Amy Thielan's favorite cookbooks

Amy Thielen's Favorite Cookbooks

amy thielen on cookbooks.

Great list of cookbooks to get for a first-time cook. #cookbooks #gifts #collegestudents #youngchefs #beginners

What Cookbook Would You Buy For a First-Time Cook?

Korean food has had a hard time breaking into greater American dining culture, but these days, it's only getting bigger and bigger.

David Lebovitz reveals his favorite #cookbooks.

David Lebovitz's Favorite Cookbooks

David Lebovitz reveals his favorite

Helen Rosner has worked as a cookbook reviewer, cookbook editor, and cookbook writer. Before a recent move, she had close to 450 cookbooks on her shelves. Here are her thoughts on what makes a great cookbook, what bugs her about cookbooks, and which under-appreciated volumes you should read now.

Helen Rosner's Favorite Cookbooks

Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen shares her sources of inspiration—the cookbooks she loves, especially those focused on making the most delicious veggie-based dishes.

Many cookbook authors have endeavored to capture the spirit of la bella paese for anglophone readers, but only a handful of Italian cookbooks have truly succeeded in transforming our country's culinary landscape. These are the voices and volumes that stand out, the essential, inspiring, reliable texts you want on your bookshelf above all others.

Love Italian Food? 5 Essential Cookbooks for Your Collection

5 Essential Cookbooks for Your Collection

April Bloomfield, the chef behind New York's Spotted Pig (among other restaurants), chats with us about lesser-known cookbooks she loves and the cooking mentors she admires.

April Bloomfield on the 3 Cookbooks Everyone Should Own

April Bloomfield, the chef behind New York's Spotted Pig (among other restaurants), chats with us about lesser-known cookbooks she loves and the cooking mentors she admires.

It's a great time to be a cookbook collector. In the face of a dwindling print industry, publishers have only stepped up their game, producing more beautiful, innovative, and fun cookbooks with each passing year. 2014 has, in particular, been a year of immense variety. Here are the highlights of the year.

The Year in Cookbooks: Our Favorite Reads of 2014

The Elusive Secret Dipping Sauce aka SDS, secret no more.

Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns are co-chefs at Bar Tartine, the San Francisco restaurant celebrated for its inventive, hard-to-define and harder-to-forget food. The amalgam of flavors that the duo delivers is so layered and nuanced that even studied palates often find the dishes impossible to decode. Complex but no longer mysterious, their food has been decrypted in the new Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, the cookbook from Balla and Burns that keeps no kitchen secrets.

Cookbook Review: 'Bar Tartine' Trades Hard Work for Show-Stopping Results

Pickled Mushrooms from their newly released cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, deliver on their promise of addictiveness.

Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, has a few cookbooks. In fact, she has four separate collections going at once. Here are some of her favorites: the best cookbooks for baking, for dinner party inspiration, and more.

Dana Cowin's Favorite Cookbooks

Cowin and Zimmern to Discuss Cutting Edge Food Trends

Like many food bloggers, Tim Mazurek of Lottie + Doof has something of a crazy cookbook collection—339 volumes, all stored in his one-bedroom Chicago apartment.

Tim Mazurek of Lottie + Doof Shares His Favorite Cookbooks

Like many food bloggers, Tim Mazurek of Lottie + Doof has something of a crazy cookbook collection—339 volumes, all stored in his one-bedroom Chicago apartment.

The year Gabrielle Hamilton opened her restaurant, Prune, on the lower east side of Manhattan, she was approached about doing a cookbook. Finally, after 15 years and the wild success of her acclaimed memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, Hamilton gives her hungry fans the cookbook they've been waiting for: Prune is a thick anthology of recipes from her restaurant, and it's as autobiographical as her previous literary effort, but in a very different way.

Cookbook Review: 'Prune' is an Essential, Surprising Resource for Serious Cooks

Grilled Hamburger With Cheddar Cheese on Toasted English Muffin With Parsley-Shallot Butter From 'Prune' - omit english muffin (sniff) note beef + lamb in burger, mostly beef

The Food Lab book has arrived!

The Food Lab: The Book Has Arrived

The Food Lab's 20 Favorite Food Books — Serious Eats

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