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17 Cookbooks That Actually Taught People How To Feed Themselves

Amazon shoppers spill the delicious details.

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1. This book that gets straight to the point...

Promising review: "Recipes are explained clearly and simply even for someone with very little cooking experience. My favorite part is all the suggestions for tweaks to recipes. Its great when you get the fundamentals for a dish and then have a options to substitute one or two ingredients... As a beginner cook, this has helped me so much!" —Danny IvesPrice: $21.08 // Rating: 4.6/5
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Promising review: "Recipes are explained clearly and simply even for someone with very little cooking experience. My favorite part is all the suggestions for tweaks to recipes. Its great when you get the fundamentals for a dish and then have a options to substitute one or two ingredients... As a beginner cook, this has helped me so much!" —Danny Ives

Price: $21.08 // Rating: 4.6/5

2. ...and this one that feels your pain.

Promising review: "I'm 27 and never cooked in my entire life because I just don't know! I've always been scared and a bit lazy... this book is very well done and recipes are very easy. What I like is that for each recipe, there is a list of ingredients, but also a list of what equipment you need (pans, cutting board, etc)." —Frenchie_NYCPrice: $18.51 // Rating: 4.7/5

Promising review: "I'm 27 and never cooked in my entire life because I just don't know! I've always been scared and a bit lazy... this book is very well done and recipes are very easy. What I like is that for each recipe, there is a list of ingredients, but also a list of what equipment you need (pans, cutting board, etc)." —Frenchie_NYC

Price: $18.51 // Rating: 4.7/5

3. A pared-down cookbook that just happens to be vegan...

Promising review: "Normally, I don't like spending more than $15 on cookbooks, so it took me a while to make the jump, but I am SO glad I did... My week is going to be full of these recipes. The best thing about it is a small grocery bill — a lot of these utilize staple goods that I already have at home! I can't suggest this cookbook enough." —AmyPrice: $20.83 // Rating: 4.8/5
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Promising review: "Normally, I don't like spending more than $15 on cookbooks, so it took me a while to make the jump, but I am SO glad I did... My week is going to be full of these recipes. The best thing about it is a small grocery bill — a lot of these utilize staple goods that I already have at home! I can't suggest this cookbook enough." —Amy

Price: $20.83 // Rating: 4.8/5

4. ...a book of down-home recipes...

Promising review: "This book has every recipe I could've ever imagined. I even love the sample menus and how she teaches you how to make sauces, seasoning mixes, etc from scratch... I now have my cooking Bible!" —Linda73cPrice: $13.10 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "This book has every recipe I could've ever imagined. I even love the sample menus and how she teaches you how to make sauces, seasoning mixes, etc from scratch... I now have my cooking Bible!" —Linda73c

Price: $13.10 // Rating: 4.7/5

5. ...and a book for surprisingly satisfying salads.

Promising review: "I have been looking for ways to make more creative and varied salads, and to bring some into regular rotation as main dishes for dinner. This is just what I needed, and as usual Romero doesn't disappoint — these salads are seriously scrumptious." —PKPrice: $15.63 // Rating: 4.5/5
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Promising review: "I have been looking for ways to make more creative and varied salads, and to bring some into regular rotation as main dishes for dinner. This is just what I needed, and as usual Romero doesn't disappoint — these salads are seriously scrumptious." —PK

Price: $15.63 // Rating: 4.5/5

6. A book for if you can't get enough of Korean food...

Promising review: "I am Korean and I know how to make some things, but what I make is sometimes slightly off. When I follow Maangchi's recipes, everything tastes just right... All the traditional staples that I would have thought too hard are shown with very manageable ingredient lists and easy steps." —JKPrice: $20.40 // Rating: 4.8/5
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Promising review: "I am Korean and I know how to make some things, but what I make is sometimes slightly off. When I follow Maangchi's recipes, everything tastes just right... All the traditional staples that I would have thought too hard are shown with very manageable ingredient lists and easy steps." —JK

Price: $20.40 // Rating: 4.8/5

7. ...and a book of simple recipes from everybody's dream host.

Promising review: "The best cookbook I've ever owned. I originally purchased it for myself and I've made at least 60% of the recipes. I've since given it as a gift to several people who have asked me for menu/recipe suggestions that are easy but impressive enough for entertaining." —AngeliquePrice: $21.08 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "The best cookbook I've ever owned. I originally purchased it for myself and I've made at least 60% of the recipes. I've since given it as a gift to several people who have asked me for menu/recipe suggestions that are easy but impressive enough for entertaining." —Angelique

Price: $21.08 // Rating: 4.7/5

8. This book that makes Indian intuitive...

Promising review: "Shubhra Ramineni has a very intelligent and consistent methodology and makes cooking Indian food more enjoyable. Beginners will find it a stress-free way to get their feet wet, and those who have been cooking Indian for a while will find much to appreciate here." —John LPrice: $22.21 // Rating: 4.8/5
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Promising review: "Shubhra Ramineni has a very intelligent and consistent methodology and makes cooking Indian food more enjoyable. Beginners will find it a stress-free way to get their feet wet, and those who have been cooking Indian for a while will find much to appreciate here." —John L

Price: $22.21 // Rating: 4.8/5

9. ...this book for when you've got the Mexican munchies...

Promising review: "This is an amazingly detailed, lovingly prepared cookbook. It is difficult to imagine a more thorough, heartfelt, authentic, or passionate book about Mexican cuisine... If you have one Mexican cookbook, make it this one." —Dan GehlharrPrice: $14.95 // Rating: 4.9/5
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Promising review: "This is an amazingly detailed, lovingly prepared cookbook. It is difficult to imagine a more thorough, heartfelt, authentic, or passionate book about Mexican cuisine... If you have one Mexican cookbook, make it this one." —Dan Gehlharr

Price: $14.95 // Rating: 4.9/5

10. ...and this book that's simple and *sweet*.

Promising review: "A great beginner's book to look into if you are into baking and want to better your baking skills. Most of the recipes come with tips to get the recipe to come out perfectly which is a nice feature... The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow although you might need patience to develop your recipes to be the greatest they can be." —Jessica SandovalPrice: $13.83 // Rating: 4.5/5
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Promising review: "A great beginner's book to look into if you are into baking and want to better your baking skills. Most of the recipes come with tips to get the recipe to come out perfectly which is a nice feature... The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow although you might need patience to develop your recipes to be the greatest they can be." —Jessica Sandoval

Price: $13.83 // Rating: 4.5/5

11. A book for if you dream of tagine...

Promising review: "I've tried several of the recipes, and they all have turned out well and tasted great. The recipes are easy to follow and use mostly common ingredients easily found in the grocery store. If you like to try international foods, give this cookbook a try." —VillagesgalPrice: $19.04 // Rating: 4.5/5
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Promising review: "I've tried several of the recipes, and they all have turned out well and tasted great. The recipes are easy to follow and use mostly common ingredients easily found in the grocery store. If you like to try international foods, give this cookbook a try." —Villagesgal

Price: $19.04 // Rating: 4.5/5

12. ...and this book for aspiring Cuban cooks.

Promising review: "As a Cuban-American, a full two shelves of my cookbook stash is on Cuban cuisine... I have to say that, in my entire collection, there isn't another book like this one. It is far and away, the BEST I've ever seen in every way that matters." —tachi1Price: $23.37 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "As a Cuban-American, a full two shelves of my cookbook stash is on Cuban cuisine... I have to say that, in my entire collection, there isn't another book like this one. It is far and away, the BEST I've ever seen in every way that matters." —tachi1

Price: $23.37 // Rating: 4.7/5

13. This book that brings Italy right to your kitchen...

Promising review: "Well organized, great tips and information about seasonings and spices that contribute to the quality and enjoyment of the recipes. I appreciate that it was not necessary to buy any new exotic ingredients or utensils to master many of the cooking methods." —ApestosoPrice: $20.99 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "Well organized, great tips and information about seasonings and spices that contribute to the quality and enjoyment of the recipes. I appreciate that it was not necessary to buy any new exotic ingredients or utensils to master many of the cooking methods." —Apestoso

Price: $20.99 // Rating: 4.7/5

14. ...and this book for perfecting Colombian cuisine.

Promising review: "This book gives ONLY recipes that every Colombian eats on a daily basis either at home or on the street. The ingredients are kept to a necessary minimum (no extra stuff to make it fancy), and the preparation is geared for home cooks, not professional chefs." —Lillian M. MatthewsPrice: $11.65 // Rating: 4.6/5
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Promising review: "This book gives ONLY recipes that every Colombian eats on a daily basis either at home or on the street. The ingredients are kept to a necessary minimum (no extra stuff to make it fancy), and the preparation is geared for home cooks, not professional chefs." —Lillian M. Matthews

Price: $11.65 // Rating: 4.6/5

15. A book for the pizza freaks...

Promising review: "[The author] walks you through every step, not just telling you what to do, but explaining why it works and why it's important. He even recommends ingredients and acceptable substitutes. I've bought many pizza books, but I haven't bought another since I got this one." —Amazon CustomerPrice: $20.39 // Rating: 4.6/5
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Promising review: "[The author] walks you through every step, not just telling you what to do, but explaining why it works and why it's important. He even recommends ingredients and acceptable substitutes. I've bought many pizza books, but I haven't bought another since I got this one." —Amazon Customer

Price: $20.39 // Rating: 4.6/5

16. ...a book that makes Chinese easy...

Promising review: "Bee Yinn Low teaches simple methods to create dazzling Chinese dishes that will impress your wife, guests, or anyone else you're cooking for. The photography in the book is gorgeous too! This deservedly goes right on the shelf next to many other of my great cookbooks and is an all time favorite resource for Chinese cooking." —Sam B.Price: $19.81 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "Bee Yinn Low teaches simple methods to create dazzling Chinese dishes that will impress your wife, guests, or anyone else you're cooking for. The photography in the book is gorgeous too! This deservedly goes right on the shelf next to many other of my great cookbooks and is an all time favorite resource for Chinese cooking." —Sam B.

Price: $19.81 // Rating: 4.7/5

17. ...and finally, a book for flawless French fare.

Promising review: "Clear directions, beautiful photos, and easy to come by ingredients for the American cook; this is my new FAVORITE cookbook. Definitely worth every penny!" —Bread and LovePrice: $27.19 // Rating: 4.7/5
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Promising review: "Clear directions, beautiful photos, and easy to come by ingredients for the American cook; this is my new FAVORITE cookbook. Definitely worth every penny!" —Bread and Love

Price: $27.19 // Rating: 4.7/5

Bon appétit!

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