Inspired by Adam Roberts over on The Amateur Gourmet, here is my cookbook collection.
Though I don't think of them in categories, here are my favorites:
Master the Art of French Cooking
I prepare meals from Mastering frequently. I find Julia's recipes to be easy to follow and I like the way she presents a basic recipe followed by several variations. when I want something French (as I seem to lately) this is where I turn first. Julia's Coq au Vin never fails to impress my guests.
Menus and Music, Bistro
This cookbook was my first introduction to French cooking. These recipes are pretty authentic and so sometimes need some adaptation here in the USA, but I've cooked a lot of meals from this one. I play the accompanying CD constantly.
Cool Mountain Cookbook
Gwen Ashley Walters
Everything in this cookbook is very easy to prepare and very impressive. The blackberry-stuffed French Toast is positively orgasmic.
How to Cook Everything
I tell beginning cooks to buy this one first. Not only does it contain a ton of good receipes, Each section (Pasta, Fish, Beef, etc) contains several pages of introductory educational material. For example, preceding the salmon and trout recipes is a two-page section titles The Basic of Salmon and Trout.
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