When not doing a deep dive into why Canadian butter wasn’t softening Julie Van Rosendaal thinks a lot about recipes. Here are twenty of her favourite cookbooks.

“Food is an incredibly personal thing – what we eat is tightly bound to who we are, where we live, and whom we share our tables with. We eat not only to survive, but to socialize and celebrate. Perhaps most importantly, we use food to nourish and comfort ourselves and each other.

Peoples’ cookbook collections tend to reflect the way they eat – books are handed down and gifted, or picked up at Costco… pulled off the shelf when it’s time to make dinner, or stacked on bedside tables for late-night inspiration. I adore cookbooks, and have collected them since I was a kid. It’s tough to choose which books every kitchen should have, because the way we approach food varies so widely – every kitchen is different. Here are twenty books I could never cull from my own collection. Some are old and nostalgic, others new and beautiful – some I cook with often, others I see the potential in and have loved reading or learned a lot from. Listed in no particular order, they are all worth seeking out and referring to over and over, for so many reasons. Eat well!”


A Spicy Touch: Family Favourites From Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen by Noorbanu Nimji and Karen Anderson
Calgary Public Library

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
Calgary Public Library

Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes From Around the World by Richard Sax
Calgary Public Library
Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley
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The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library

The Canadian Living Cookbook
by Carol Ferguson
Anita Stewart’s Canada: The Food, the Recipes, the Stories by Anita Stewart
Calgary Public Library
The Mary Moore Cookbook by Mary Moore

Kiin
by Nuit Regular
Calgary Public Library

Cedar + Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field and Sea by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater
Calgary Public Library
Duchess at Home: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from My Home to Yours by Giselle Courteau
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library

Vegetables First by Ricardo
Calgary Public Library

Bake with Anna Olson: More Than 125 Simple, Scrumptious, and Sensational Recipes to Make You A Better Baker by Anna Olson
Calgary Public Library

All the Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories From the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean by Renée Kohlman
Calgary Public Library

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden
Calgary Public Library

The Flavour Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained + More Than 100 Essential Recipes by Nik Sharma
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library

Any of Ina Garten’s books!
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes & Stories of Grandmothers From the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan
with Julia Turshen
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library
The New Best Recipe
by Cooks Illustrated

Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark
Calgary Public Library

About Julie Van Rosendaal:

Julie Van Rosendaal is the Calgary-based author of eleven best-selling cookbooks. She has been the food columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One for over 15 years, is the contributing food editor for the Globe and Mail, and for the past twenty years has been a freelance food writer and columnist for other publications across Canada. Julie teaches, speaks and cooks at culinary schools and events across the country, and has a very engaged audience on her social media channels and blog, Dinner with Julie.

 
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Dirty Food: Sticky, Saucy, Gooey, Crumbly, Messy, Shareable Food by Julie Van Rosendaal
The Cookbook Co. Cooks
Calgary Public Library