These books are perfect if you want to learn how to cook like a professional chef. Impress your family with the meals you prepare!

A good cookbook can change the way you eat. There are thousands of books that can teach us to be better chefs and also transport us to distant places with their particular flavors. In these books, you’ll find recipes for the perfect ribeye, sumptuous duck in orange sauce, a delicious hollandaise sauce, or a finger-licking-good chocolate cake.

Whether you’re a total foodie or just like to cook a meal every now and then on special occasions, these books will help you cook like a chef.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

This book has been a best seller for 85 years. Each of the homestyle recipes are a testament to American cuisine. Here you’ll find dishes with classic flavors that will delight even the most demanding palates. Each new edition of this book features more recipes and improvements to old ones, and everything is simply perfect. 

Momofuku by David Chang

This book comes from the creative mind of the successful chef behind Momofuku. Over 304 pages, David Chen opens the doors to his culinary universe and shows us recipes that even amateurs can prepare, like a ginger and chive sauce, and more complex dishes that require professional training.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

A classic among classics, this book is surely the most renowned on this list. For foodies, this book is a staple, but many others will recognize it from the film Julie & Julia (2009). With 524 easy-to-prepare recipes, you can learn to cook everything from a poached egg to boeuf bourguignon and other meals from classic French cuisine.

The Missoni Family Cookbook by Francesco Maccapani Missoni

Angela Missoni’s son, Francesco Maccapani Missoni, introduces us to the elegant and traditional world of his family through recipes that have been in it for years. Gnocchi Verdi, Zucchine alla Parmigiana, Sarde in Saor, and Pesce Bollito con Maionese are some of the dishes that you’ll find in this recipe book full of Italian flavors.

The Magnolia Bakery Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Home Baker by Bobbie Lloyd

No meal is complete without a delicious dessert, and what could be tastier than a cupcake from New York’s iconic Magnolia Bakery? This book is loaded with cakes, brownies, cookies, and other sweets that will wow all of your guests. Bring a little slice of New York City to your kitchen.

These cookbooks give us more than just recipes; each one tells a story by imparting traditions and family secrets. And, they are perfect if you want to learn to become a better chef. It doesn’t matter if you’re already a good cook; these books are great additions to any collection. So, go ahead and take your culinary skills to the next level, surprising your family with an impressive weeknight meal or preparing a spectacular dinner for your friends. With the help of these books, everyone will think you’re a professional chef.



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