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The 8 Best Family Cookbooks to Own

By Kelsey Banfield |

Best Family Cookbooks to Own

People ask me for cookbook recommendations a lot. Why wouldn’t they? I read them all day long! Over the years I’ve found I turn to a few books over and over again. They all have really good ideas that the recipes work well. Yes, I recently published my own cookbook (it’s included in the round-up) and I think you will like that too. Here are eight of my favorites I frequently recommend people who are looking for great family cooking ideas. They will easily become your ultimate kitchen resource. If your favorite isn’t listed here please tell us what it is!

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The 8 Best Family Cookbooks to Own

The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins

This book was originally published in 1982 and remains remarkably relevant today. The simple salad dressings and Chicken Marbella are still regular rotations at our nightly table.
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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The 8 Best Family Cookbooks to Own

  1. LiztheChef says:

    Melissa Clark’s “In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite” or her latest “Cook this Now”. Love both her headnotes and recipes.

  2. Judy Wheeling says:

    I love all those books that are listed but one basic book that got me through younger years because of it’s absolute extensive vital information was the “Joy of Cooking” book. I still love it to this day because if there is an ingredient or term i never heard of (or even a dish) the information is always there. It’s old but full of great info. Thanks!

  3. Maria says:

    You forgot the best one, The Family Dinner by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt. The BEST! Our kids use it themselves sometimes!

  4. Shawna Kinsman says:

    One of my staple cookbooks that I have found has a great variety of everything and I always find myself referring to is The America Test Kitchens Family Cook book. It’s really an updated version of the classic Betty Crocker Cook Book. I too have an extensive collection of cook books and find that I use this one a lot. I also like to give it as wedding presents to new brides since it covers such an extensive variety of dishes.

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