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Every foodie starts somewhere, including Martha! Here are her tried-and-true cookbook companions that have been with her in the kitchen since day one.
"The Joy of Cooking"
This cookbook is on everybody's list for a reason -- it's filled with tried and tested classic recipes that you know the entire family will love. Julia Child liked to think of it as a fundamental resource for any American cook. To this day, very few people would disagree with her.
Why Martha Likes It: Martha likes the 1964 edition of this cookbook because it still has canning, preserving, and pickling in it.
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"Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
Have a long weekend and looking for a challenge? Graduate to Julia's piece de resistance.
Why Martha Likes It: It's Julia, of course!
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"Baking with Julia"
Bring out this book when you need to impress with a phenomenal souffle.
Why Martha Likes It: It's a classic from the best.
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"Home Cooking with Jean-Georges"
This cookbook from renowned chef Jean-Georges contains classic, casual recipes for those nights when you just need something yummy.
Why Martha Likes It: Simple dishes. Little to clean. Need we say more?
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"The Maccioni Family Cookbook"
The family behind New York's famed Le Cirque share the Tuscan recipes members have passed down from generation to generation -- as collected and told by matriarch Egi Maccioni.
Why Martha Likes It: Ricotta cake, homemade pasta.... It's enough to woo any kitchen savvy woman!
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"Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco"
Let Paula Wolfert take you on a food tour of Morocco through her beloved James Beard Hall of Fame cookbook.
Why Martha Likes It: With its rich flavors and bold textures, Moroccan food is a staple cuisine.
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"The Stockpot and Steamer Cookbook"
This book is so much more than just "how to make soup." Sure, you'll find great stock and stew recipes. But you'll also find dessert and salad recipes -- and tips on how to save food, fuel, and effort when cooking. (Hint: It involves using a stockpot or steamer.)
Why Martha Likes It: This cookbook is inspiration for Martha's "One Pot" cookbook. Pick up a copy and you'll understand why.