The 10 Best Cookbooks For Beginners
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Nobody becomes a master of the culinary arts overnight — we all have to start somewhere. Consider cutting your teeth on one of these cookbooks for beginners, all of which aim to please newbies of every stripe, whether you need an education in the basics, a thorough reference guide, or you’d simply like to whip up a sumptuous creation for your family without setting the kitchen on fire. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
January 24, 2019:
Cooking gets complicated quickly when you're brand new to it, so this list only contains instructive and accessible titles. We've also included various writing styles to appeal to readers who prefer encyclopedic tomes and those who crave relatable, novel-like books. Added a dedicated vegetarian option and Cook's Illustrated Master for chefs who need an alternate approach. Placed How to Cook Everything at the top spot due to its favorable reviews, approachable tone, wealth of information, and realistic recipes.