This Is the One Cookbook Our Editors Can’t Live Without

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Feeling the need for some stay-at-home cooking inspiration? Need some refresh in your cookbook game? Have we got a list for you. Our editors sat down and told us the ONE cookbook in each of their lives that mattered most (plus, their favorite recipes within!), and the list is a fantastic shelf’s worth of inspiration from leftover magic and vegetarian simplicity to a veritable primer on how to approach food.

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See if your favorites are already here and consider adding one (or more!) of these pro-adored tomes to your home cookbook collection.

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: Cravings

Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You Want to Eat, by Chrissy Teigen

Buy it: Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You Want to Eat ($17.99), target.com

"I’ve been an outspoken Chrissy Teigen stan for a while (here’s proof), but I’m ashamed to say I’ve only recently purchased a physical copy of her first cookbook. It’s the real deal. I was completely sold when the first recipe I tried called for 16 slices of Kraft cheese. Favorite recipe: Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese With Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs. This is the recipe that calls for the aforementioned Kraft singles." Corey Williams, SEO Writer

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: What Can I Bring?

What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up, by Elizabeth Heiskell

Buy it: What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves ($21.49), target.com

"As someone who doesn’t do much at-home entertaining, it’s way more likely that I’m bringing food to others’ houses for holidays or parties. Therefore, the question of “what can I bring?” comes up often (especially when you live in the South). This cookbook will easily answer that question for you, whether you’re instructed to bring an appetizer, dessert, or batch cocktail. These recipes are easy to travel with and are typically huge hits with a crowd. I gave this book to my mom for Mother’s Day, and she refers to it often. Favorite recipe: Her Gazpacho recipe is one of my favorites I’ve ever made."  Annie Campbell, Assistant Social Media Editor

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: Skinny Taste

SkinnyTaste One & Done, by Gina Homolka

Buy it: SkinnyTaste One & Done ($15.89), target.com

"This was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law a few years ago, and it became an instant favorite. Gina Homolka breaks everything down by cooking method: Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, etc. So it’s easy to flip to the exact recipes you’re in the mood for. I’ve made so many of these recipes again and again—it’s that good! Favorite recipe: I can't decide between the Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes (only six ingredients!) and the Pineapple-Lime Marinated Chicken Fajitas sheet pan supper. Both favorites." Chandler Stroman Ayres, Social Media Editor

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: A Sidecar Named Desire

A Sidecar Named Desire: Great Writers and the Booze That Stirred Them, by Greg Clarke and Monte Beauchamp

Buy it: A Sidecar Named Desire: Great Writers and the Booze That Stirred Them ($19.99), amazon.com

"This actually isn’t a cookbook at all. It’s an illustrated history that happens to feature a few cocktail recipes. A person’s favorite drink is so personal, so uniquely them—that’s why I’m so obsessed with knowing exactly what these literary icons were drinking when they wrote their most famous works. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this book. Favorite recipe: Faulkner's Mint Julep. William Faulkner loved mint juleps so much he displayed his favorite recipe on a notecard at his Mississippi estate. This is that recipe!" —Corey Williams, SEO Writer

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: Salt Fat Acid Heat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat

Buy it: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ($20.98), target.com

"I know, how original—but there’s a reason people are obsessed with this cookbook. If you were only allowed ONE cookbook to teach you to cook, this would be the book to choose. But it’s about so much more than introducing a reader to cooking techniques! This book illustrates (literally) the fundamentals of flavor in a way that is digestible for cooks of all skill and levels. It’s not merely a recipe book or a series of lessons, it’s a beautiful exploration of how ingredients work together that will have you wanting to cook recipe after recipe. Favorite recipe: I know folks love Samin’s Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken and everyone is making the Ligurian Focaccia, but the recipe I’d highlight from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is the Cacio e Pepe. This is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods and even when there’s next to nothing in the pantry/fridge, 9 times out of 10, I’ll have the 5 ingredients needed for this pasta." Darcy Lenz, Senior Editor

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: The Pyromaniac's Cookbook

The Pyromaniac’s Cookbook: The Best in Flaming Food and Drink, by John J. Poister

Buy it: The Pyromaniac's Cookbook: The Best in Flaming Food and Drink ($10.75 used), amazon.com

"I found this in a used bookstore in Chicago; this cookbook spoke to me as I like both food AND fire. Favorite recipe: Baked Beans Au Glow Glow, which is a pretty standard baked beans recipe until it gets to the presentation: "Remove casserole to table and ladle flaming rum which has been warmed in saucepan over beans. Serves 4 men, or 8 women, or 2 famished teenagers." 1968, folks." Kyle McKinnon, Video Assets Manager 

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: The Forest Feast

The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes From My Cabin in the Woods, by Erin Gleason

Buy it: The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes From My Cabin in the Woods ($31.49), amazon.com

"I have a hard time picking favorites, but there's a special place in my heart for The Forest Feast, which may have been my first cookbook. Back when I started cooking, I was terrified of giving myself food poisoning, so I mostly stuck to vegetarian recipes. This is the most non-threatening cookbook I've ever encountered, and I adore the visual instructions and photography that comes with each recipe. Even though the recipes are super simple, each one feels like it has a story. Favorite recipe: Again, it's hard to pick a favorite, but I love the way Gleason approaches slicing a watermelon into large discs in her Watermelon Salad recipe. It's beautiful and effortless, which is pretty much what everyone wants in a salad." Sarra Sedghi, Assistant Editor

Editors Favorite Cookbooks: Now & Again

Now & Again, by Julia Turshen

Buy it: Now & Again ($24), amazon.com

"Now & Again is Julia Turshen's love letter to what we all have sitting in our fridges—leftovers. The activist's second cookbook includes more than a hundred delicious recipes, from simple scrambled eggs to a no-stress Thanksgiving meal, along with tons of smart tips for recycling those leftovers into more tasty meals. I truly admire Julia's scrappiness and warm writing; and I find myself returning to this book time and time again. Favorite recipe: There are tons of great options! But I think my favorite has to be her chicken and black-eyed pea chili. She recommends adding a splash of jalapenos pickle brine to brighten up the dish and it convinced me of her genius. Pro tip: the chili transforms into very impressive nacho toppings, too." Katie Macdonald, Ecommerce Food Writer

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