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Review and Win One of 8 Must-Have Cookbooks

Review and Win One of 8 Must-Have Cookbooks

For some of us, our guilty pleasure may be yoga, dinner with the girls, a mani/pedi, or that glass of wine at the end of the day. For others, it's the magic that can happen in the kitchen. It's the chance to escape the chaos that can consume us, and lose ourselves in creating something mouthwateringly delicious. Sometimes it may be breakfast, lunch or dinner. And sometimes, it's the sinful ingredients that can combine to produce simply divine desserts.

For Julie Grice, "When I’m feeling down and uninspired, I settle into the cooking section of the local library, flipping through cookbook after cookbook for recipe ideas . . . I can spend hours by the cookbook shelves in any bookstore. Oftentimes, my husband has to drag me away. "

Inspired by Julie and a woman's right to her guilty pleasures, we've assembled a list of cookbooks that SheSpeaks' members and the SheSpeaks team are raving about. From simple recipes for those just starting out to more complex recipes for those that have been dedicated for some time, the list of cookbooks below run the gamut to help you find the one right for you. 

But that's not all! We want your input; we want to hear from you.  What cookbook has become a permanent decoration on your counter top and a trusted friend in the kitchen? Which has inspired you to try and try again? Which has produced "yums" and "wows"  from family and friends? Similarly, which one has left you disappointed? Which has led to cooking dont's and you wish you could warn others about? Well here's your chance. And for pitching in and reviewing a cookbook of your own, you could WIN one too.


(If you don't see your cookboook come up when you search, don't worry.  Just click here  to Add a New Product select the category and enter your new cookbook to our site)

8 lucky winners will win a must-have cookbook. Four of the eight winners will win one of the cookbooks highlighted below. The remaining four will win a cookbook that will be added as a new review by members for this contest. The contest ends midnight EST Tuesday, September 20th. Winners will be announced Thursday, September 22nd. Good luck!

Classic Cookbooks:

Amy Pennington Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen:

Melissa Clark Chef Interrupted:

Staff Meals from Chanterelle:

Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook

Food Network Favorites: Recipes from Our All-Star Chefs:

Joy of Cooking:

Martha Stewart Everyday Food:

Robin Miller Quick Fix

Baking Cookbooks (courtesy of Julie Grice):

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe:

The Original King Arthur Flour Cookbook:

Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful:

The Art and Soul of Baking:


Cooking is about the ingredients and how you put them together. That’s why SheSpeaks has also added a Recipes section to the SheSpeaks website. Visit to discover fun, mouthwatering recipes or to share some of your own!

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  • Bluebear By Bluebear

    I got the America's test Kitchen Binder as an engagement gift and I still use it ALL the time!! It has all the classic home recipes and explains how to choose the best brand ingredients, how to adjust the yield, how to know if something is cooked properly. It's a really helpful go-to cook book.

  • spickens By spickens

    Flat Belly Diet Cookbook is one of my favorites

  • jen8763 By jen8763

    I have had the Joy Of Cooking hard and paperback for many years now. I am allways finding mysely with my nose burried in it for one reason or another. It has some of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. They are easy and accurate. The also give great directions as to how to do things that are difficult. It's a timeless classic!

  • cookinmaama By cookinmaama

    I have a copy of The Betty Crocker Cookbook that my father gave me when I was 12. He was my cooking inspiration years ago. This cookbook is barely hanging onto it's cover at this point. But I refer back to it all the time for some timeless old fashion classics. Some of the pages are stained with ingredients from recipes over the last 30 years, but is still my go to reference guide for some of the recipes I am now teaching my grandkids. I would highly recommend this cookbook to any first time cook.

  • dbcurrie By dbcurrie

    Just submitted a review of one of my favorite books. Great giveaway. There are a few on that list that have been on my to-buy list!

  • kmm583 By kmm583

    Table for One by Camille Funk has been a staple in my tiny, Manhattan Kitchen. As someone who loves cooking, it was hard scaling down my favorite recipes to fit me when I moved out of my family's home (not to mention the amount of leftovers was down right depressing!). Table for One has delicious meals that make me feel at home with beautiful desserts to go alongside. My favorite part is that in the back of the book, Camille Funk lists ingredients and then recipes that go along with it. That way when you buy a bunch of cilantro, you aren't left with it going spoiled in your fridge after you whip up your meal. You can find other meals that utilize those same ingredients!

  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS

    I have the Food NetWorK Star (Paula Deens Cookbook) I absolutely love it. I'M always looking in that book. It Has Breaksfast, Lunch, Dinner and even Holidays Recipes. Her mouth watering step by step recipes are Easy to follow and Very Delicious.

  • lducore By lducore

    Any cookbook or recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) is always a sure bet. She's my go to when I'm entertaining or looking for a new recipe to try. Most recipes are pretty simple and yet the result is something that looks like a professional made.

  • pattierwr By pattierwr

    I just posted my review for the tried-and-true classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

  • tinamyers By tinamyers

    I love variety of cook books from the basics of childrens cook books to advanced cook books. My week spot for cooking is sweets. Yummy.

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