What’s Cooking: 5 Cook Books to Have in Your Shelf


As a long-time cookbook collector, I’ve always scoured titles from the new releases to the good old classics. After all, the best way to get serious in the kitchen is to turn to look through the pages of a cookbook for some tried-and-true recipes. Here, we’ve listed five must-have titles that’ll surely boost your cooking skills up.


  1. What to Bake & How to Bake It – Jane Hornby

If you’ve always been puzzled about how browned, crumpled, fluffy, kneaded, mixed, and whisked a recipe should be, consider purchasing this quintessential baking cookbook. It’s a must-have for a beginner baker as each recipe includes a detailed step-by-step guide of the baking process. The book even holds 500+ photographs of various desserts. Having this book in your cookbook shelf will surely lead to a sweet success.

  1. Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings – Karen Mordechai

This cookbook is an editorial beauty that showcases elegant typography, sumptuous American-style cuisines, and gorgeous lifestyle photography. Its chapters are organized into morning, noon, afternoon, and evening, and are divided into several menus that feature three to seven recipes for each menu. Sunday Suppers is also loaded with tips on easy and intimate entertaining, which will inspire you to start your own supper club.

  1. The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution – Alice Waters

If you’re a minimalist who only requires a one cookbook on her shelf, then this book is for you. The first part of the cookbook is all about the basic lessons (meal planning, stocking a pantry), and introductory recipes (soup stocks, homemade dressing, and essential sauces). While the second part includes staple recipes for an everyday cooking – think baked salmon, beet salad, sautéed mushrooms, and pan-friend pork chops. Each recipe also includes various ingredient swapping ideas to modify a cuisine based on seasonal availability, or taste preference.


  1. Vibrant Food – Kimberley Hasselbrink

Need some inspiration in incorporating vegetables, fruits, and colours to your everyday meals? Then this cookbook is exactly what you’re looking for. Filled with balanced, bright, and healthy recipes, this cookbook is divided into seasons and sub-categorized by produce: soft colours of spring (alliums, rhubarb, and spring greens), bold colours of summer (stone fruits, berries, and summer herbs and greens), rich colours of fall (figs, grapes, persimmon, and winter squash), and deep colours of winter (brassicas, citrus, and winter roots).

  1. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – Deb Perelman

This blog-turned-cookbook has a little of everything, from sandwiches, salads, sweets, pizzas and drinks. Smitten Kitchen features sumptuous recipes with vegetarian options, as well as main dishes that incorporate meat, poultry and seafood. Just like her blog, Perelman’s cookbook writing is sprinkled with a bit of sass, relatable stories, and tips for cooking success.

With these cookbooks in mind, baking and cooking will now be easier and more fun to you. So start doing some cooking sessions now, and see how the recipes on these cookbooks give your cooking skills its much needed boost.


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