If it seemed like every store this past month was hit with an avalanche of cookbooks, it’s because they have, and as much as we’d like to take home all the new releases, we have regrettably finite amounts of shelf space. So which ones should we choose? To distinguish itself from the pack, a title has to be more than just culinary eye-candy or an enticing big name. The substantial chef d'œuvres are the ones we deem indispensable, the ones we want to dog-ear, splatter with sauce, and commit to memory.
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From budding food bloggers to established, award-winning chefs, and everyone in between, here (in no particular order) are this season's culinary tomes that are worth every penny.