Posted: Aug 21, 2007 7:31 pm
I like the Mark Bittman book for re-looking up simple facts I can't retain in my noggin. also the old-school Betty Crocker cookbook for the same reason.
for actual cooking, my current faves are the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook (still), the Silver Spoon (gotten raves for simple things I've made from here), Nigella's Feast, and ye olde Gourmet/Cooking Light/Martha Stewart compendiums. the Waldorf Astoria cookbook is also actually really, really good! and for baking, you can't beat the Bake Sale Cookbook that Chronicle just published.
for dreaming, the Edna Peacock books, and my newest fave, Pork & Sons. I swear, once it cools off, I am trying some of those recipes!