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A good cookbook is a thing to treasure. There are so many completely generic ones out there, it's easy to get lost among them. Many of them probably still have good recipes, but it takes more than good recipes to make a truly good cookbook. For example, I will not (willfully) add a cookbook to my collection unless is has full-color photos for nearly every recipe. The pictures are helpful for zeroing in on the kind of recipe you're searching for at the moment, and they're often good for providing plating and decorating ideas.

I'm also a big fan of books that provide helpful tips for each of the recipes within. Sometimes it's an explanation of a lesser-known ingredient, a warning about a step of the recipe that could easily go awry, or maybe just some do-ahead tips for easier entertaining. These extra bits of information can help you prepare your dish efficiently and increase the likelihood that things will come out right on the first try.

My Cookbook Collection
At Home with Magnolia: Classic American Recipes from the Owner of Magnolia Bakery - Allysa Torey
Baking: From My Home to Yours - Dorie Greenspan
Barefoot Contessa at Home - Ina Garten
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten
Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral - Gayden Metcalfe, Charlotte Hays
The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Desserts
The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Favorite Comfort Foods
The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Good Things for Easy Entertaining
The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Great Parties
Cupcakes - Susannah Blake
Cupcakes: Luscious Bakeshop Favorites from Your Home Kitchen - Shelly Kaldunski
Entertaining with Longaberger: Celebrating the Seasons
Everyday Celebrations: Savoring Food, Family, & Life at Home - Donata Maggipinto
Everyday Food: Great Food Fast (From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living)
Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast (From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living)
The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009
The Gourmet Slow Cooker Volume II: Regional Comfort-Food Classics - Lynn Alley
Hot Toddies - Christopher B. O'Hara
How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking & the Art of Comfort Cooking - Nigella Lawson
I Love Crab Cakes - Tom Douglas
Is It Soup Yet? - Dot Vartan
Joy of Cooking - Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker
Kathy Casey Cooks: Favorites - Kathy Casey
The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook - Paula H. Deen
Longaberger Fresh From the Pantry: Recipes for Every Day
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Martha Stewart's Cupcakes
Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts
Memorable Recipes to Share with Family & Friends - Renée Behnke, Cynthia Nims
New England Soup Factory Cookbook - Marjorie Druker, Clara Silverstein
The New England Table - Lora Brody
The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook - Lee Zalben
Saint Louis Days, Saint Louis Nights - Junior League of Saint Louis
Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes - Alisa Huntsman, Peter Wynne
365: No Repeats - Rachael Ray
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World - Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero
Williams-Sonoma: American Christmas
Williams-Sonoma: Baking (The Best of the Kitchen Library)
Williams-Sonoma: Breakfast
Williams-Sonoma: Cakes, Cookies, Pies, & Tarts
Williams-Sonoma: Christmas
Williams-Sonoma: Christmas Entertaining
Williams-Sonoma: Cocktail Parties
Williams-Sonoma: Complete Pasta Cookbook
Williams-Sonoma: Dinner Parties
Williams-Sonoma: Easy Entertaining
Williams-Sonoma: Entertaining
Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Breakfast & Brunch
Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Healthful Cooking
Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Roasting
Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Slow Cooking
Williams-Sonoma: Festive Occasions Cookbook
Williams-Sonoma: Fruit Desserts
Williams-Sonoma: Holiday Entertaining
Williams-Sonoma: London
Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Hors d'Oeuvres
Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Pasta, Noodles, & Dumplings
Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Soups & Stews
Williams-Sonoma: Muffins
Williams-Sonoma: Outdoor Entertaining
Williams-Sonoma: Roasting
Williams-Sonoma: Savoring Fish & Shellfish
Williams-Sonoma: Simple American Cooking
Williams-Sonoma: Soup
Williams-Sonoma: Thanksgiving
Williams-Sonoma: Thanksgiving Entertaining