Saving money, saving time and saving the planet by eating sustainably and seasonally has been the mantra of many cookbooks this year. But, in looking back and thinking about the ones that I know I'll go back to again and again (the true sign of a worthwhile cookbook),  I was drawn to the more classic—books that focus on fabulous food, without preaching and beseeching.

—Sybil Pratt, BookPage cooking columnist

Ad Hoc at Home
by Thomas Keller
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express by Mark Bittman
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber
Ten: All the Food We Love by Sheila Lukins

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