Author: Julia Child
Buy It: $50.76
Why You Should Own It: Don't let the horrible Julie & Julia tarnish your opinion of Julia Child. That's a film about a shallow, self-centered blogger without ethics. Child remains the G who introduced French cooking in all its glory to American kitchens. That desire to add more and more butter to the rich concoctions you throw together on the stove top? Child knows that feeling, and embraces it. Her two-volume cookbook, written with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, is an obvious pick for your bookshelf and for obvious reasons: it will develop your skill set and produce delicious food.