The list author says: "Great books to have close at hand in the kitchen that can get you through nearly any culinary task. These are books I've used over the years and like them because they focus on fundamentals and you can learn a lot from the discussions within.
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"This is the first cooking book I started with and read it cover-to-cover. Charlie Trotter's commentary throughout is outstanding and gives a modern take on mother sauces and how to cook by instinct (not by recipe)"