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For the Kitchen Newbie

Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes For Great Food
($35) is full of basic but not boring recipes explained in terms appropriate for those new to the kitchen who aren't yet confident in their cookery skills.

Honorable Mentions:

Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference For Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook
($35) by Aida Mollenkamp

Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes For the Home Cook
($45) by Martha Stewart

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