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For those just starting in the kitchen, cookbooks can be a valuable tool in learning the basics of cooking and developing a strong foundation in culinary skills. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to start. 

Here are some of the best cookbooks for beginners to consider.

“How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman 

This comprehensive cookbook covers everything from basic techniques to more advanced recipes. With clear instructions and helpful illustrations, it’s an excellent resource for those just starting.

“The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker

This classic cookbook has been a staple in American kitchens for generations. It covers everything from soups and salads to desserts and provides helpful tips on cooking techniques and ingredient substitutions.

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat

This cookbook focuses on the fundamentals of cooking and how to use salt, fat, acid, and heat to create delicious meals. Beautiful illustrations and detailed explanations make it a great resource for anyone looking to improve their cooking skills.

“The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen

This cookbook is an excellent resource for beginners interested in vegetarian cooking. It provides helpful tips on how to cook with different types of vegetables and grains and includes a variety of delicious recipes.

“Cooking for Geeks” by Jeff Potter

This cookbook is perfect for beginners interested in the science behind cooking. It covers everything from the chemical reactions that occur during cooking to the physics of baking and provides helpful tips on applying this knowledge in the kitchen.

“The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten

This cookbook is a great resource for beginners looking to impress their guests with delicious, upscale dishes. It includes recipes from elegant appetizers to decadent desserts and provides helpful tips on presentation and entertaining.

“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child

This classic cookbook is a must-have for any beginner interested in French cuisine. It covers everything from basic techniques to complex recipes and provides helpful tips on recreating classic French dishes at home.

No matter your culinary interests, there’s a cookbook out there for you. With the help of these resources, beginners can learn the basics of cooking and develop a strong foundation in culinary skills.