Building Your Culinary Library: James Beard Foundation’s Top 20

Celebrating 20 years of the James Beard Foundation, the Book Awards committee has just released a Top 20 list for must-have cookbooks. There’s a range from Julia Child to Mark Bittman, from Chinese and Mexican to Italian.

This is a good list to keep on hand, when you’re looking to get some inspiration…. Here’s the top 10 (they’re listed alphabetically – not by any other hierarchy). To see the rest of the list, click below:

The James Beard Book Awards Committee’s 20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library:

  1. American Cookery (BBS Publishing Corporation, 1996), James Beard


 2. Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2007), Rick Bayless


3. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (Better Homes and Gardens, 2004)



4. Classic Indian Cooking (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1980),Julie Sahni


5. Complete Techniques (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2001), Jacques Pépinand Léon Pererr


6. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Macmillan, 1995), Marcella Hazan



7. How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food (Wiley, 2006), Mark Bittman


8. The Joy of Cooking (Scribner, 2006), Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker


9. The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook (Countryman Press, 2003)




10. Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1999), Maida Heatter


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