Best General Cookbooks

Find our top nine picks for the best general cookbooks published in the United States since 1987.

Gourmet Today

4. Gourmet Today

Gourmet Today
Edited by Ruth Reichl, ­Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Hardcover. $40; 1,024 pages

With more than 1,000 recipes filling more than 1,000 pages, this thunker of a book shares an ambition with The Essential New York Times Cookbook—to be a lively, modern compilation of recipes by a publication with a claim to some cultural importance (alas, the publication died). There is less obsession with history here, and more focus on method, ingredients, techniques, and shopping, with a modern take on each. But Editor Ruth Reichl’s warm voice runs through it, and the mix of recipes is both practical (Tuna Pasta Salad) and surprising (Goat Tacos).

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