Fresh Milk | The Local Milk Essential Cookbook List + Publish Your Own Cookbook!

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Hello, LM family! This week on Fresh Milk we’re celebrating the launch of our newest resource over at Beth Kirby! The Complete Self-Publishing Starter Kit | Cookbook Edition. In honor of this release we’re rounding up the Local Milk Essential Cookbook List. These are all our most favorite, treasured, food-splattered picks that we hope can bring some fresh inspiration to your mealtimes.


We’d love to know what cookbooks you’re returning to lately, or if you’re just winging it every night? Sometimes we’ll save trying a new recipe for the weekend when we know we’ll have time to savor the process, maybe even enjoy a bottle of natural wine while we cook. 

The Local Milk Essential Cookbook List

  1. Dining In – Alison Roman
  2. Tender – Nigel Slater
  3. Where Cooking Begins – Carla Lalli Music
  4. Six Seasons – Joshua McFadden
  5. Jerusalem – Yotam Ottolenghi (or basically any Ottolenghi pick!)
  6. Mastering the Art of French Cooking – Julia Child
  7. Near & Far – Heidi Swanson
  8. The Zuni Café Cookbook – Judy Rodgers 
  9. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking – Samin Nosrat
  10. Feast: Food of the Islamic World – Anissa Helou
  11. Baking: From My Home to Yours – Dorie Greenspan
  12. The Taste of Country Cooking – By Edna Lewis
  13. Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques 100 Recipes A Cook’s Manifesto – Michael Ruhlman
  14. Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking – Michael Ruhlman
  15. Smitten Kitchen – Deb Perelman
  16. The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook – Jim Lahey 
  17. Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France – Melissa Clark
  18. Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings – Susan Spungen
  19. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking – Marcella Hazan
  20. How To Cook Everything Vegetarian – Mark Bittman

If you haven’t heard about our new self-publishing starter kit, you can check it out over in the Beth Kirby Shop. But here’s the skinny… In seven easy-to-follow videos we empower you to learn exactly how to design and publish the cookbook of your dreams.

We pull back the curtain on the software professional designers use and teach you exactly how to customize my cookbook template to work for your brand. Once you have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed with the design, I’ll teach you how to get your cookbook ready to share online, AND exactly where and how to have it printed in small quantities on premium paper and with professional binding! 

Head on over to the Beth Kirby site to learn more about the first edition of my Self-Publishing Starter Kit and you can start creating your own beautiful cookbook in minutes! 

XO – Local Milk