|STILL MORE COOKBOOKS!|
|and another one that seems to have gotten away from the pack(s)!|
Joy of Cooking
Oh how I love this cookbook. In my kitchen though, it's more of a kitchen dictionary than a truly revolutionary source for recipes. Joy of Cooking has everything you need -- from recipes to guides on how to use ingredients and kitchen tools to menu ideas to nutrition information. Want a quick primer on which wine to serve with your dinner? Joy's got it. Throwing a cocktail party and want to serve up some fancy drinks? There's a section on booze drinks. Mozzarella sticks....homemade pasta...chocolate cake...EVERYTHING is in this cookbook. And before each section is a quick preview that gives you overall tips and tricks of the pros so that your food comes out great.
The recipes themselves are also quite good (there are 4,500 of them)! You can use them in a pinch when you have a craving for something but don't have a recipe for it or when you are wondering whether or not you're supposed to peel turnips before you cook them. It's way easier to look something up midway through your cooking in a book than on the internet...cookbooks are supposed to get dirty!
I've used this cookbook for french toast, the glaze for cinnamon rolls I made earlier this month, and hundreds of other things since I got it as a gift a few years ago. It is about 1,000 pages of pure information. Every kitchen should have this cookbook. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, Joy of Cooking is an incredibly helpful resource.
In short, you should probably buy a copy. My mom actually found one at goodwill for $5! Not a bad find for something so useful.