5 Essential Cookbooks

As girls, most of us were too busy planning our corporate ascent to bother with cooking lessons from Mom. But suddenly it’s hip to be a foodie, and with an appreciation of good grub comes some subtle expectations: One, you should know how to make something in the kitchen. And two, it should be sort of spectacular. Yikes! Luckily, there are tons of tomes out there to help you on your path to culinary enlightenment. Here are five that no kitchen cabinet should be without.

Written by: Anne Zimmerman
Anne Zimmerman received her MA in Woman's Studies from San Diego State University. She works for a small, family run winery in McMinnville, Oregon and is writing a book about the food writer M.F.K. Fisher.