The London Observer has taken on a mighty big project: selecting the fifty best cookbooks, ever. So far, they've published the first forty, and are relying on readers to help them select the top ten.
The selections range from classic international books from Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Kennedy, to contemporary works from Momofuku's David Chang and vegetarian master Yotam Ottolenghi.
The list tends towards the British and its once imperial conquests (only one "new world" book that we can find) and is heavily Mediterranean and Western in its selection, but, really, it's a great place to start.
Plus, there's still that top ten to go.