These Essential Cookbooks Should Be On Your Shelves

The more you read, the more you appreciate


Cookbooks are one of the best sources of recipes and techniques you can find whether you’re already a seasoned cook or just a beginner with a newfound love for food. This in mind, we made a list of books that will surely be useful in your culinary journey. Go ahead and make space on your bookshelves for these five essential cookbooks.

1. A Piece of Cake by Chef Aileen Anastacio and Chef Miko Aspiras


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by A Piece Of Cake (@apieceofcakebook) on

There are two kinds of people: the ones who believe that classics are the way to go and the ones who love experimenting and trying something new. This newly-launched cookbook caters to both types of bakers as it includes over 50 easy-to-follow pastry recipes with a modern and classic version for each dessert. Whether you want to be adventurous or stick with the timeless, this book has got you covered. Visit to order your very own copy.

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


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Official Joy of Cooking (@thejoyofcooking) on

Dubbed as the “fundamental resource for any cook,” it is even selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most influential books of the 20th century. Aside from the hundreds of recipes, this book also has illustrations that focus on techniques like knife skills, table setting, etc. Indeed, there’s no doubt that this book will show you the joys of cooking.

3. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg (@theflavorbible) on

Once you’ve got the basics right, it’s time to practice on giving your recipes your own style. The Flavor Bible really is what it says – a definitive guide to different ingredients. With this book, you’ll learn how to brighten flavors through the use of acids and explore the individual roles played by the four basic tastes – salty, sour, bitter, and sweet. Now, that’s more than enough to help you experiment with your recipes.

4. Filipino Cooking Here and Abroad by Eleanor Laquian and Irene Sobrevinas

Photo from Amazon

There’s no place like home and if you’re going away for a while, here’s something to fill the void. It contains Pinoy recipes with lists of alternative ingredients in other countries. Cook your favorite Adobo anywhere in the world without worrying about where to get ingredients!

5. Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke

Photo from Amazon

Beautiful from the outside and even more beautiful on the inside – this is how we describe Amanda Rettke’s cakes in the book. From rainbows to football, you’re sure to find something for any occassion.

Which of these are already on your shelves?

Want some more food appreciating? Check out this next list!