The 37 best cook books we all need in our kitchens

The best cook books will cover more than just the basics. As well as sharing recipes, they should inspire, delight and boost our creativity in the kitchen.

Whether you’re a pro in the kitchen or are tentatively dipping your toes into the world of cooking, there’s sure to be a cook book that will suit your needs, with lots of options not just offering recipes but also handy tips and tricks when it comes to buying, stocking and preparing food. Some of these options are dedicated to the classics – nostalgic, home-cooked comforts – while others shine a light on unique flavors and ingredients which are sure to impress your dinner-party guests.