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The six cookbooks that taught us to cook

The six cookbooks that taught us to cook

Maybe you learned how to cook from your parents or grandparents, maybe from a close friend who was a serious cook, or maybe from relentlessly watching television — your Food Network, my Graham Kerr. For most cooks, there was one cookbook that, more than any other, taught us how to cook, provided some basic techniques, information or inspiration that fired the proverbial ovens. 

Here at the Food section, we thought we'd poll ourselves to find which books those were, and what began as newsroom cooler chat translated — this should not surprise you — into little essays. It's worth pointing out that these classic books would also make great gifts, for your kids...