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"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook
in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice
and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers."

~ Laurie Colwin


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My Family Table:
A Passionate Plea
for Home Cooking






Mastering the Art
of French Cooking
2-Volume Boxed
Set: Deluxe Edition






Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Collection: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook; Barefoot Contessa Parties!; Barefoot Contessa Family Style






"One Nation, Irresistible, with
Lemonade and
Gumbo for All"

One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs





Must-Have Reference:

Larousse Gastronomique:
The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated [2009]







On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen







The Encyclopedia
of Cajun & Creole Cuisine







FLAVIA - think fresh! 

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Our Favorite Cookbooks

Please understand up front what a daunting task we have before us!
Our cookbook collection numbers well over 1,000. How in the world do we
narrow it down to our all-time favorites? The ones we absolutely could not
live without?
Having said that, I must add that I refuse to complicate this exercise by
insisting on a particular order. Even a simple alphabetical listing seems
too stressful at this point. And we cannot imagine having to list them in
order of preference! We can always organize later!
So. We will simply begin by beginning with the first must-have cookbook
that comes to mind...

Numero Uno!

The Essential
New York Times Cookbook:
Classic Recipes for a New Century

When Amanda Hesser chose the title for this
indispensable tome, she was serious!
What is it not?
It is NOT a revised version of any New York Times
cookbook ever published.
What is it then?
It IS "a compendium of the ost well-known and
influential recipes printed in the New York Times."
It is a culinary time machine.


Love New Orleans?
This book's for you!

 My New Orleans:
The Cookbook
200 of My Favorite Recipes
and Stories from My Hometown


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Stay Tuned!
Our list is evolving even as we type...

The majority of the links below are to RECIPES from these
cookbooks! Please use the cookbook links on the respective
pages to order the book and thereby help LBC stay alive!

Julia Child (The Way to Cook)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
(Well, let's just say all of Julia's books!)
Julia (Child) and Jacques (Pepin)
Cooking at Home

The Art and Soul of Baking
Baking with Julia (Dorie Greenspan)
Being Dead Is No Excuse:
The Official Southern Ladies Guide
to Hosting the Perfect Funeral

Bill Neal's Southern Cooking
Bistro Cooking
Bon Appetit Cookbook
Cafe Boulud Cookbook (Daniel Boulud
with Dorie Greenspan)

Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home
Charlie Trotter Kitchen Sessions
Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook
Classic Home Desserts
Commander's Kitchen
The Cook and the Gardener
Country Garden Cookbook Series
Craig Claiborne's New York Times Cookbook
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking
{plus anything else you can find by Craig!)
Desserts (Nancy Silverton)
Dooky Chase Cookbook
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
(Marcella Hazan)

(Anything at all by Marcella Hazan!)
Feast: Food to Celebrate Life
(Nigella Lawson(

Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The
Time-Honored Ways Are the Best--
Over 700 Recipes Show You Why

French Laundry Cookbook
(Thomas Keller)

The German Cookbook
(Mimi Sheraton)

Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes
and Revelations from Two Great
American Cooks
Gourmet Cookbook: More
than 1000 Recipes

A Gracious Plenty (John T. Edge)
Grass Roots Cookbook
How to Eat: The Pleasure and
Principles of Good Food
(Nigella Lawson)

Heritage of Southern Cooking
Home Cooking (Laurie Colwin)
How to Cook Everything:
2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

Jewish Cookbooks, 7 Favorite
Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
Lee Bailey's New Orleans
Lee Bailey's Soup Meals
Lee Bailey's Southern Food and
Plantation Houses

(We love Lee! All his books are
works of art,)
Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book
of Great Cookies

(any Maida Heatter cookbook...)
More Home Cooking (Laurie Colwin)
Mr. B's Bistro (New Orleans)
New New Orleans (Emeril) Cooking
New Orleans Food (Tom Fitzmorris)
New York Cookbook (Molly O'Neill)
Paris Sweets (Dorie Greenspan)
Pat Conroy Cookbook
Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen
Rao's Cookbook
Saveur Cooks Authentic American
Saveur Cooks Authentic French
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales
from a Southern Cook
(Martha Hall Foose)
Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook
Simply French
Soul Food (Sheila Ferguson)
Southern Food: At Home, on the
Road, in History

Standing Room Only
In the Sweet Kitchen
The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass
Cookbook (And Financial Planner)

The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love:
A Fallen Southern Belle's Look at Love,
Life, Men, Marriage

Taste of Country Cooking
Patricia Wells at Home in Provence
Union Square Cafe Cookbook
White Dog Cafe Cookbook


Favorite Community Cookbooks:
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Note: Hyperlink may be either to a recipe
in our archives or to an affiliate partner.

Bayou Cuisine (Alibris)
Charleston Receipts
Jackson Cookbook (Junior League
of Jackson MS)

Jambalaya (Junior League of
New Orleans)

Plantation Cookbook (Junior League
of New Orleans)

River Road Recipes: The Textbook
of Louisiana Cuisine

The Southern Foodways Alliance Community
(John T. Edge, Editor)
Southern Sideboards (Junior League
of Jackson MS)

Standing Room Only
White Trash Cooking
(This is not a joke!)
Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic,
and Can You Make a Roux

And the list goes on...

some of Chef Keegan's faves,
plus our Christmas wish list!

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