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The Best Italian Cookbooks

Updated on April 5, 2013

Find Delicious Recipes from Italy with the Best Italian Recipe Books Ever!

There are hundreds of thousands of different Italian recipes out there, all waiting for you to cook them. Which ones are the best? This page compiles some of the best Italian cookbooks available, including some classics, newer cookbooks, and books on healthy Italian eating. Taste the unmatched flavors of Boston's North End, books from famous Italian chefs, and thousands more recipes from many more recommended recipe compilation books right on this page! Scroll down to start viewing the books, and click through any book to view further product details and reviews.

The Top Five Most Popular Italian Dishes

Five dishes you'll find in most Italian restaurants!

Italian restaurants serve up some great food, many of which have the same dishes. Here are some of the top dishes that you'll see on most menus across the world:

1. Pizza

2. Lasagna

3. Bruschetta

4. Chicken Parmigiana

5. Fettuccine Alfredo

You shouldn't have a problem finding multiple recipes for these classics in the cookbooks featured below. If a lighter fare is what you're after, the vegetarian based books offer some options.

Of the books on this page, I own a few. I recommend the Carmine's book, the North End cookbook (I'm from Boston, can't help but like this one), and anything from Lidia Bastianich is a great find.

The North End Italian Cookbook

The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th
The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th

One of the go-to Italian cooking reference guides for those who want nothing but authentic cuisine. This has remained a top seller on Amazon for some time for its excellent recipes, and actually contains recipes from real restaurants in The North End. I purchased this book recently and don't regret my purchase. For the price, it's worth it for authenticity and great restaurant quality meals. The one pointer you'll love are the sauce cooking tips. If you don't have great sauce, what do you have?

 

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Everday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

Consistently a bestseller, this guide isn't about incredible presentation or yuppie food, it's down to earth, great Italian cooking in a straightforward, cook-it-fast method that still requires some love, but will come out exquisite.

 

Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking

Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking
Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking

Have you ever tried Rao's marinara sauce in the supermarket? It's one of the best jarred marinaras you can buy, and it's also a restaurant based in East Harlem, NY. It's acclaimed for its incredible sauce, which they now sell on their own website as well.

 

1,000 Italian Recipes

1,000 Italian Recipes (1,000 Recipes)
1,000 Italian Recipes (1,000 Recipes)

Need we say more than that this has a whopping 1,000 recipes? The price is also fairly low considering the bang you get for your buck.

 

The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating

The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating
The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating

Bet you didn't know that you could cook vegetarian quite easily if you're sticking to Italian cuisine, did you? With 350 outstanding recipes, this is a great way to also lose weight while sticking to your all time favorite type of cuisine.

 

The Sopranos Cast Talk About Their Favorite Italian Recipes - What dishes do they like?

Italian food and culture was what The Sopranos was all about. But what do the cast members prefer in real life?

Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook: More Than 100 Classic Italian Dishes to Make at Home

Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook: More Than 100 Classic Italian Dishes to Make at Home
Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook: More Than 100 Classic Italian Dishes to Make at Home

Very regular Italian food, Carmine's is a restaurant in New York with some of the best cuisine this side of the Atlantic in terms of inspired by Italy.

 

Garlic makes everything better!

Garlic makes everything better!
Garlic makes everything better!

Cucina Di Calabria: Treasured Recipes and Family Traditions from Southern Italy (Cookbooks)

Cucina Di Calabria: Treasured Recipes and Family Traditions from Southern Italy (Cookbooks)
Cucina Di Calabria: Treasured Recipes and Family Traditions from Southern Italy (Cookbooks)

I don't own this book, but nice job with the photography on the cover.

 

The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco

The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco
The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco

What would/did The Sopranos eat? If you've ever watched a full season of The Sopranos, it's impossible to not have a major craving for some garlic bread, meatballs, and best of all, Karen's baked ziti.

 

The Italian Farmer's Table: Authentic Recipes and Local Lore from Northern Italy

Every Night Italian: 120 Simple, Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 45 Minutes or Less

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes
Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes

Lidia is renowned for cooking authentic regional cuisine that doesn't contain anything but fresh ingredients. There are no shortcuts here, only incredible, taste bud tantalizing true cuisine from the boot.

 

More Recommended Italian Cookbooks

If these weren't enough, here are a few more bestsellers courtesy of Amazon below:

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Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a certain Italian cookbook that you think is much better than any of the others out there? Tell us about it here, and make a recommendation!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you want a real authentic Italian cookbook look for - Simple Authentic Traditional Italian Recipes by Gina Talarico. A unique collation of recipes from the Calabria region of Italy...buon appetito

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Some really interesting cookbook ideas. I really Llydia, might try her cookbeek.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Information, Check out Italian Cooking Tools, the tools needed for all the cook books on your list.

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      I like Jamie Oliver's Italy cook book. You have put together a fabulous selection of books here!