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Top 5 Most Expensive Cookbooks in the World

Monday, February 20th 2012. | Collectibles

Most expensive cookbooks is a kitchen reference that typically contains a collection of recipes. Cookbooks can also cover a wide variety topics, including cooking techniques for the home, recipes and commentary from famous chefs, institutional kitchen manuals, and cultural commentary. Here are the top 10 most expensive cookbooks.

5. Modernist Cuisine – $500

Most Expensive Cookbooks Modernist Cuisine

Most Expensive Cookbooks Modernist Cuisine

2,400 pages of most expensive cookbooks is a lot of cookbook, and basically qualifies this as the “War and Peace” of cookbooks. Authors/chefs Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet are of the Modernist cuisine persuasion, meaning they borrow ideas from the laboratory when creating dishes. The cookbook retails for $625, but you can find it for a paltry $500.

 

4. Dom Perignon Cookbook – $2000

Most Expensive Cookbooks Dom Perignon Cookbook

Most Expensive Cookbooks Dom Perignon Cookbook

In addition to recipes, you also get a Roger Moore interview (“his suave good looks have been indelibly connected with fine food”). There were only 30 copies made, which means that by the time you reading this, your chances of finding one are pretty slim. It also comes with a bottle of Dom’s Vintage 1998–just don’t spill any on that ray hide.

 

3. Art Of Cookery Made Plain & Simple – Sold For $2875

Most Expensive Cookbooks Art Of Cookery Made Plain & Simple

Most Expensive Cookbooks Art Of Cookery Made Plain & Simple

Hannah Glasse’s cookbook, first published in 1747, can be found for around $30 if you want a boring, regular edition. But if you want a first edition, it can be yours for just under $3000. Originally aimed at household servants, this was the most popular cookbook in early America. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had copies of it.

 

2. Les Diners De Gala – Up To $4400

Most Expensive Cookbooks Les Diners De Gala

Most Expensive Cookbooks Les Diners De Gala

Salvador Dali’s cookbook can be found for as low as $150, which is a modest price considering this long-out-of-print book can go for up to $4400 when signed. In the introduction, Dali states that he always wanted to be a chef, and the pages inside are filled with all the weirdness and wonder of his art.

 

1. A Guide To Modern Cookery – Sold For $5124

Most Expensive Cookbooks A Guide To Modern Cookery

Most Expensive Cookbooks A Guide To Modern Cookery

Like “The Art Of Cookery,” this is an old cookbook that can purchased for under $50 for an ordinary version. But if you want a rare 1907 first edition, signed by author Auguste Escoffier and inscribed to Sarah Morgan (a worker at the Cavendish Hotel), be prepared to write a check of $5000, because apparently there are other people out there that want that cookbook, too. Just for comparison, a “Winnie The Pooh” 1926 first edition sold for $5500. This is the most expensive cookbooks in the world.



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