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What better way to chase away the November blues by baking a loaf of authentic sourdough bread, simmering up a big dish of root vegetable stew, or brewing a pot of spicy chai? As temperatures plummet and days get shorter, the appeal of spending an evening in a warm, fragrant kitchen grows. Our selection of cookbooks offers something for food lovers of every skill level and taste.


The Basics

The Fannie Farmer CookbookThe Fannie Farmer Cookbook
A wonderfully friendly book for the beginner cook; an inexhaustable source for the experienced.

The Harrowsmith CookbookThe Harrowsmith Cookbook
Tried and true recipes from Canada and the United States. The recipes are simple and clear.

The New Basics Cookbook

The Way to Cook, Julia Child

The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, Martha Stewart

Popular Chefs

Happy Days with the Naked ChefJamie Oliver (the Naked Chef)
Oliver's mandate is to make cooking hip and accessible, and his popular three books, packed with innovative, easy-to-prepare recipes, are on their way to doing just that.

Nigella Lawson

Emeril Lagasse

Jeff Smith (the Frugal Gourmet)


Easy Meals

Cooking for DummiesCooking for Dummies
Yet another addition to the ever-popular "For Dummies" series, this is a sure bet for the stove-phobic.

30-Minute Meals, Rachael Ray

Cuisine Rapide, Carol Cutler

Easy as 1-2-3 series, Ladies' Home Journal



Atkins DietDr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Dr. Robert C. Atkins
The perfect weight-loss solution or another danger for dieters? You decide with this runaway best-seller.


Weight WatchersWeight Watchers
There's a health-conscious treat for every taste in this comprehensive series of cookbooks from the behemoth of the weight-loss industry.

The Good Carb Cookbook, Sandra Woodruff

The Zone, Barry Sears

The South Beach Diet by Dr. Arthur Agatston


Ecologically Responsible

More-With-LessMore-With-Less Cookbook, Doris Janzen Longacre
Subtitled "Suggestions by Mennonites on How to Eat Better and Consume Less of the World's Limited Food Resources," this book is an invaluable resource for those interested in eating responsibly and living simply.

Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappe


Vegetarian Classics

The Classic Vegetarian CookbookThe Classic Vegetarian Cookbook, Rose Elliot
This richly illustrated book is an excellent choice for anyone interested in vegetarian cooking; clear instructions and abundant illustrations make it accessible to newcomers to vegetarianism.


Moosewood RestauarantMoosewood Restaurant series
Even non-vegetarians love the popular series of books from the famed Moosewood Collective; some recipes make use of fish and eggs.

How it all Vegan!, Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer

The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Mollie Katzen


The ABC of Herb & Spice CookeryThe ABC of...




The Best of BridgeBest of Bridge




Better Homes and Gardens


Betty Crocker

Canadian Living

New York Times



The Joy of CookingThe Joy of Cooking (1st Ed.), Irma S. Rombauer
Learn how to cook everything from a boiled egg to a raw abalone (hint: it requries prodigious pounding) in this indispensible classic reference.


Boston Cooking School CookbookBoston Cooking School Cookbook (1st Ed.), Fannie Merritt Farmer
Originally published in 1896, this book includes nearly 2,000 recipes compiled while Farmer was the principal of the cooking school.

Julia Child (1st Ed. | Signed)

Jamie Oliver (1st Ed. | Signed)

All Collectible Cookbooks


Popular Themes



Cooking for Kids




Grilling Grilling




Slow Cooking

Soup and Stew

Wine Wine




International Flavour

Foods of the World SeriesFoods of the World Series
This Time-Life series in 27 volumes covers the cuisines of as many cultures.






Callaloo, roti, sweet potato pudding, rice and peas, fried dumplings, green banana porridge.


Chow mein, chop suey, dim sum, Singapore noodles, won ton, sweet and sour soup, deep-fried tofu.




Escargot, pastry, soufflé, brie, foie gras, baguette, pâte à choux, fondue.





Spaghetti, pizza margherita, Italian wedding soup, ravioli, ziti, polenta, gelati.




Tortillas, tacos, chile rellenos, tamales, chile verde, Mexican wedding cookies.





Nigiri, maki, gari, temake.




Pad thai, green curry, thai iced tea, satay, nam pla.