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Cookbooks are vital tools for home chefs, cooking enthusiasts, and foodies. They introduce you to exotic ingredients, micro-regional dishes, and the minds of established chefs. Before expanding your collection, consider the following questions and answers.

What are vintage cookbooks?

Vintage cookbooks are high-quality cookbooks representing an author's prolific period or a well-regarded earlier period. These works are usually recognized as standards of excellence, or they refer to a pivotal period in the author's career and the industry they impacted. The master list of vintage works expands annually. A few timeless titles include:

  • "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child
  • "The Classic Italian Cookbook" by Marcela Hazan
  • "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer
  • "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management" by Isabella Beeton
  • "The Art of Eating Well" by Pellegrino Artusi
Is there a cookbook on technique?

Yes, there are technique cookery books covering every type of cuisine and addressing every skill level. Generally, most cookbooks cover elementary technique, such as knife skills, soups and stocks, and how to prepare various cuts of meat. There are many titles that enjoy widespread influence. Here's a short list:

  • "Jacques Pepin's Complete Technique" by Jacques Pepin
  • "The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook" by America's Test Kitchen
  • "How to Grill" by Steve Raichlen
  • "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman
  • "Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine" by Lidia Bastianich
What about cookbooks with air fryer recipes?

Cookbooks with air fryer recipes are abundant. Some books feature recipes that you can prepare using any air fryer whereas others are geared to owners of specific brands of air fryer. Most air-fryer recipes are highly adaptable. Their construction lets you check food as it's heating to prevent dryness or premature browning. "Power Air Frying" by Eric Theiss, "365 Days of Air Fryer Recipes" by Jamie Stewart, and "The Blue Jean Chef: Air Fry Everything" by Meredith Laurence are some recent examples.

Are there cookbooks for alternative cookers?

Yes, there are entire books containing recipes designed for preparing food in pressure cookers, Dutch ovens, Crock-Pots, NuWave and other infrared-cookers, and cast-iron skillets during camping or outdoor excursions.

What about recipe books for special diets?

The range of special diet cookbooks encompasses every restriction or culinary desire you can think of, such as gluten-free, keto, Atkins, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, and even post-surgery. The available selection is too vast to list here, but here are two examples:

  • "Real Paleo: Fast and Easy" by Loren Crodain
  • "Vegan 101" by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel
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