I think of a good cookbook as the grown-up equivalent of the Argos catalogue (RIP). Flicking through is an exercise in delight and anticipation: with the right ingredients, careful reading and plenty of time, all these treats could potentially be yours. But just as my mum never got me the Barbie with a skirt full of makeup and the tales I spun from the catalogue remained a work of fantasy, many of the recipes in the cookbooks I own remained unmade. Whether because of a lack of time, energy or motivation, I would return to the same few meals over and over instead of delving into something new.
With that in mind, I asked R29 staffers to share the cookbooks that they've found essential as they home-cooked their way through lockdown. If you're looking for something new, these come with the highest possible guarantee.