What's On My Bookshelf: Jessica Seinfeld's Favorite Cookbooks

What's On My Bookshelf: Jessica Seinfeld's Favorite Cookbooks
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What's On My Bookshelf: Jessica Seinfeld's Favorite Cookbooks

Jessica Seinfeld looks to these cookbooks for inspiration in her own kitchen.

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La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy by The Italian Academy of Cuisine

La Cucina came into fruition when a group of Italian chefs formed the Academy of Italian cuisine in the hopes of preserving authentic recipes from each region, according to Amazon.

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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan is widely known to have helped to introduce Italian cooking to a generation of Americans and this book continues the tradition.

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The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

This cookbook features approachable recipes with a focus on ingredients and is thought by many to have changed the way Americans think about food.

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How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman, a New York Times food writer, shares simple recipes for all occasions in this book.

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The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook by King Arthur Flour

This cookbook is known for its hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes.

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The Best Recipe by Editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine

Cook's Illustrated has made a name for itself by painstakingly searching for the "best" methods for home cooking. This cookbook compiles editors' picks from the magazine.

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Anyone can get insider tips and incredible recipes from top chefs with the right cookbook.

That's why Jessica Seinfeld, author of The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!, which debuts this week, maintains a well-edited collection of cookbooks, some authored back in the 1920s, which she keeps on a shelf in her kitchen. The first cookbook she recalls using was The Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls, which continues to influence her own cookbooks. In addition to easy and tasty recipes, Seinfeld looks for cookbooks with beautiful photographs.

Check out the slideshow above to discover Jessica Seinfeld's six favorite cookbooks.

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