--- proclaimeth Kitchen Queen Victoria
On Food and Cooking Harold McGee 1984
This book is awesome. Sometimes a little too scientific for me, but it goes through everything you want to know about food and how it is prepared and why. Too much to explain—if you love to cook you must read this.
His site is full of neat info, too:
Good Food Book
What else can I say but that I have used this book so much that pages are falling out and it is being held together by a large rubber band!
Good Food Gourmet
This one has been used less than Good Food, but still remains one of my most-referenced cookbooks
I have had this book for over 15 years and it also is falling apart. The recipe for salsa verde rocks—I grow tomatillos and make several batches of this every summer to freeze. Chilaquiles? His version is to die for.
Breakfast is my favorite meal and this cookbook has great recipes for all kinds of breakfast and brunch courses. The recipe for pancake mix is so good that I make an 8x batch, keep it in a large plastic jar, and use it once or twice a week for waffles as well as pancakes.
Pita the Great
I picked up this little paperback one up many years ago and use it frequently. Recipes for Middle Eastern pita-stuffers as well as salads and other delectable things such as hummus are presented in a clear, simple manner.
Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
I learned to cook from the 1969 version, then Mom gave me my own, the 1983 version, after I got married. Good, basic recipes.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Phyllis Balch CNC, James Balch MDMy go-to health remedy book. Not only does it explain all of the various nutrients and supplements and their part in a healthy body, but natural remedies for aliments from blisters to the effects of cancer treatments are included.