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10 Best Cook-Books ...

By Jennifer

I love books of all kinds, though my tastes run more into the non-fiction than fiction. I especially love cook-books! The receipes are fun and interesting, but I also love the stories behind the recipes, if they can be found. Are you looking for a new cook-book or two? I can definitely recommend a few! Here's my list of the ten best cook-books... bon appetite!

1 Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser

Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda HesserPrice: $10.17 at amazon.com
Part dating memoir, part cookbook, this absolutely belongs in my list of the best cook-books! I love the chocolate dump-it cake, so named because you just dump everything in the pan, but I loved learning the story behind it, too. The only problem is where to keep this book... do you keep it with the non-fiction biographies, or on the shelf with your other cookbooks?

2 The Tex-Mex Cookbook by Robb Walsh

The Tex-Mex Cookbook by Robb WalshPrice: $12.91 at amazon.com
I love Tex-Mex cuisine, and even better is reading about the history of this delicious food, where it comes from, who cooks it, and why. The recipe for cheese enchiladas is fantastic, and so is the chili gravy you drizzle on top!

3 Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Bread Cook Book

Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Bread Cook BookPrice: $2.66 (average) at amazon.com
This is the cook-book my mother used when she baked bread when I was a child. I literally teared up when I found a copy, these thirty years later, in a thrift shop. The recipes are timeless classics, and all of the ones I've tried can't be beat... the banana nut bread is divine...

4 Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary EditionPrice: $22.64 at amazon.com
This book belongs on the shelf on any and all aspiring or established cooks. I have never, ever looked for a recipe in this book I couldn't find. I also love the cooking tips and information, and the index is incredibly handy! This cook-book also makes a wonderful house-warming or wedding gift...

5 Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast by Nigella LawsonPrice: $23.10 at amazon.com
I love Nigella Lawson, though I've heard she's not as admired overseas (she's like the Rachel Ray of the U.K., from what I've heard). Regardless, I love her recipes, especially the ones in this book!

6 The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones

The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith JonesPrice: $17.68 at amazon.com
If you're single, this is most definitely a cook-book you must own! It teaches you the fine art of cooking for one person, and what a joy it can be! no more tinned food for you! Thumb through the book and choose whatever strikes your fancy. The author even tells you which dishes re-heat the best, and how long they can keep.

7 Clean Food by Terry Walters

Clean Food by Terry WaltersPrice: $19.80 at amazon.com
Clean Food? As opposed to what, dirty food? Unfortunately, yes! This book teaches you how to eat more healthfully using food choices that are vegan but appealing in a non-preachy way. Buy and use this cook-book, if for no other reason that the OMG desserts section!

8 Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-PradoPrice: $16.32 at amazon.com
Actress Sandra Bullock's sister, Gesine, grew tired of the hustle and bustle and airless, joyless Hollywood scene and moved to the east coast, where she opened her own bakery. This book is touching but funny, and the recipes are completely doable and delicious!

9 Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café by Fannie FlaggPrice: $13.60 at amazon.com
Yes, this is the book that the movie was based on, and there are only a few recipes in it... but the story is fantastic, and so are the recipes! If you've never tried fried green tomatoes, then follow the recipes and make a batch to share with your best friends...

10 Stir, Squirt, Sizzle: a Nick Cookbook

Stir, Squirt, Sizzle: a Nick CookbookPrice: $11.01 at amazon.com
Kids love to cook, too, especially when they get to make a meal, and a mess, with their favorite Nickelodeon cartoon characters! This cook-book is part science experiment, part recipe guide, all fun!

So many fantastic cook-books, so little time! It would be impossible to pick just one, but if I had to, it would be "Cooking for Mr. Latte," though all of them are wonderful. Do you have any of these cook-books? Which do you like best? Or is there another cook-book you love? Please let me know!

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