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You may find it on the back of a box or hear it in your mother’s voice as she tells you how to make her spaghetti and meatballs, but a recipe is the foundation of every great dish. Although anyone with Internet access can find recipes online, browsing through a cookbook to find something new to try is a satisfying experience. Many cookbooks also include the history of the cuisine or anecdotes related to the dishes that bring them to life. Our collection of cookbooks at Williams Sonoma includes an assortment of titles that cover a variety of cuisines and cooking styles, making them an interesting addition to your own collection or a gift for someone who enjoys preparing meals.

Try That New Appliance

If you have a new kitchen tool like a slow cooker or grill pan, a cookbook is a great place to find recipes to try as you learn the nuances of the machine. By using professionally written recipes designed for and tested on the appliance or pan, you get to see how to blend ingredients and how to use the settings without figuring it out on your own. Start making short ribs in an Instant Pot. Discover how to make dessert in a slow cooker. Try out a pot roast in a Dutch oven. Create your own zucchini noodles with a spiralizer.

Experiment With International Flavors

Take a culinary journey around the world by trying recipes featuring regional cuisine. Prepare Spanish favorites like paella with seasoned rice and seafood or patatas bravas, fried potatoes tossed in a spicy tomato sauce. Discover the varied fare of Mexican cuisine through classic dishes, including Veracruz-style fish and chicken served with mole sauce and poblano peppers. Surprise your loved ones with homemade pasta and short rib ragu made just the way home cooks in Italy prepare it. Expand your cooking skills and skip the take-out by learning how to make Japanese treats like miso soup, udon and simmered fish right in your own kitchen.

Make Lifestyle Changes Permanent

Whether you’re following a doctor’s orders or are ready for something different, adjusting your diet requires planning. Make the transition to a new meal plan easier by learning how to cook nutritious meals that taste good and fit within your new diet guidelines. Learn how to prepare meals with anti-inflammatory and gluten-free ingredients to ease digestion. Boost your intake of superfoods through custom blended smoothies and juice blends. In addition to tested recipes designed to taste good, many of these cookbooks offer personal stories of other individuals who made the switch.

Bake Sweet and Savory Treats

Fill your home with the scent of freshly baked cookies or create a cake for an upcoming birthday party. Baking-themed cookbooks detail how to make your favorite pastries. Try making your own apple pie filled with fresh apples and spices. Find new cookie flavors to give away as gifts or enjoy on a rainy afternoon. Make your own cake from scratch, complete with homemade frosting. Prepare your own doughnuts at home for a weekend breakfast and let the kids help you decorate them as you enjoy your morning coffee.

Celebrate Special Occasions

There’s nothing like sharing a meal to build relationships with your loved ones. Give someone the ability to cook that meal through a cookbook filled with recipes to try and perfect over the years. Choose a classic cookbook by some of the world’s most celebrated chefs or select one designed for newlyweds or others who want to learn how to cook for one or two people. Pair the cookbook with cookbook holders to encourage them to use the book. Cooking together is also a great way to bond with children and an opportunity to teach them important skills in the kitchen. Pick up a cookbook designed specifically for kids, browse the pages with them and find some dishes to try together.

A well-stocked kitchen includes more than pots, pans and utensils. You also need recipes for your favorite foods. Choose a cookbook from our collection to add to your shelf.

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