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Cookbooks Buying Guide

With seemingly countless cookbooks available, itís easy to find one specific to just about any food category, style, or topic. If you have a favorite cooking show host, food blogger, restaurateur, or food publication you follow, chances are you can find a cookbook showcasing their cooking knowledge, insight, and special recipes. 

Types of Cookbooks

Types of Cookbooks

From novices to seasoned chefs, there are cookbooks tailored to every level of cooking skill. Itís helpful to read reviews or get a glimpse of the pages to see whether a particular book matches your cooking abilities. For specialty books covering things like grilling, slow cooking, pastries, soups, or fondues, the same principle applies: Be sure to take a look to see whether the recipes, ingredients, and prep work all match your cooking acumen -- or at least your desire to learn more.

Overall basics

There are staple cookbooks covering multiple food categories that every cook should have. These go-to cookbooks, like Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, dish up all the kitchen basics.

How to

If youíre new to the kitchen and just learning to cook or bake, there are books that explain the most basic tasks. Many include step-by-step instructions and pictures to guide you on how to accomplish the fundamentals.

Experience

For advanced cooks, there are cookbooks that cover topics at a higher level and in more depth than the average cook desires.

Topics

Cookbooks abound dedicated to specific foods (such as cakes, cookies, or soups), cuisines (Italian, Mexican, Chinese), or cooking styles (roasting, braising, grilling). These topic-specific books can go from basics to beyond.

Special occasions

From birthday parties and bridal showers to Sunday brunches and holiday dinners, themed cookbooks are filled with ideas and recipes to inspire.

Diet/Health

With diabetes, heart disease, and obesity all increasing, there is a multitude of health-focused and diet cookbooks. So if youíre looking for a lifestyle change that depends on making a cooking and eating change, youíre sure to find a book to help.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before buying any cookbook, look through the content to make sure itís the type of guide youíre looking for. You want it written to your level or above with good direction. It should include trusted recipes, easy-to-read type, and a usable index. Photos can be inspirational and helpful in guiding you through difficult steps. Removable pages are a bonus, as they let you pull out the recipe youíre working on and return it to the book later -- no need to lug around the whole book.

Price

Cookbooks range in price from a few dollars to several hundred.

Style

Cookbooks come with hard covers, soft covers, wire bindings, ring bindings, and more. How you will use the book may dictate the style you choose. For example, if you will cook from if often, you will want one that lies flat.

Purpose

Every cookbook is designed with a purpose, and the style reflects this. Decide whether you will use the book in the kitchen as an on-the-spot guide, page through it as enjoyable reading, keep it as a reference, or simply put it on display.

Authority

With several levels of food authorities, cookbooks authors may include corporations, groups, and organizations (such as Better Homes and Gardens), famous food personalities, and more. Decide what level of authority you trust.

Photography

Whether itís a beautiful picture of finished food or a sequence of images showing how to perform a certain task, photos can provide more information than words. Decide their value to you, as some books have many illustrations while others have none.

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