Great Gift Cookbooks: Framed Cooks' Favorites

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[Editor's Notes: I have my own mental list of my favorite cookbooks, but it is always fascinating to read what other food writers have to say when asked which are their most-loved. I really enjoyed getting to read Kate Morgan Jackson's list, which includes her very first cookbook. That detail warms my heart—as I type this, I'm able to look to the left and spot my own first cookbook, with its pages spattered by pancake batter I used to mix up alongside one or the other of my parents. Any of the still-available books on this list would be a great gift for a cook in your life. --Genie]

My Favorite Cookbooks!

So, one of the questions I get a lot is what my favorite cookbook is. It's a question that requires a loooonnngggg involved answer, which is one of the reasons I was so delighted when Booklist magazine asked me if I would write an article on this very topic. It involved a long, soul-searching trip through my jam-packed kitchen bookcase, and an agonizing decision about which cookbooks to write about, but at the end of the day there were four favorites that ended up on the top of my my list.

Beef Stew

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