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Must have books for those who want to be a great home cook. These books will get you familiar with the fundamentals of cooking, then go to the other categories of our Recommended Books to specialize in different things. Especially see our Baking & Pastry category for more on that subject. Note that professional cooking books generally translate quite easily to home cooking and have the best, most tested recipes you'll find (just reference the Food Lovers Companion if you’re unsure of any terminology used in them).

Joy of Cooking
by Irma Rombauer
The Joy of Cooking is one of the best home-cooking books you can find, which is also easily convertible to the professional environment as well. This book has tried and true recipes seemingly for almost anything. It also has a great reference area. Recommended by Ira Krizo, Christian Chef.
The Professional Chef
by The Culinary Institute of America
This one of the best all-around cooking informational book and cookbook on the market. It is produced by the chef instructors of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and is the main textbook for the entire school's curriculum. It is the main textbook for many other culinary schools as well. This book is excellent for anyone who likes to cook, from the novice to the professional. Everything is covered in it; from the basics, such as how to tell if the produce is fresh, to the not-so-basics, such as creating the more complex sauces (with easily learnable instructions). Recommended by Ira Krizo, Christian Chef.
On Cooking
by Sarah Labensky
This is a very similar book to The Professional Chef above, and used by many other culinary schools as their textbook. Read through the reviews and sample pages to see which you prefer, but you really only need one of the two books. Recommended by Ira Krizo, Christian Chef.
The New Food Lover's Companion
by Sharon Tyler Herbst
A culinary terms dictionary which has almost any English language culinary-based term you can imagine (including many frequently used French culinary terms). This book is excellent as a quick reference for everything from unusual ingredients to cooking techniques to classic recipes and their history. Recommended by Ira Krizo, Christian Chef.
Two great books on baking & pastry that should be in every kitchen (see Baking & Pastry category for a review)
Cook's Illustrated
This is a great magazine that really gets deep into why we do what we do through using a test-kitchen approach to finding the best recipe, method, cooking technique, and even cooking supply and equipment test reviews. Somewhat of a Consumer Reports magazine on cooking. Recommended by Ira Krizo, Christian Chef.

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