The list author says: "Over the years, I've amassed a rather large cookbook collection. In fact, I am now beginning to branch out into eclectic and antique cookbooks (but that's for other lists). Here are the go-to cookbooks that all cooks--no matter what their level--should have close to hand for daily cooking and informal entertaining. These are not the "classics" but the ones to have on hand for everyday use--the ones that all cooks should have to offer friends and family a wide selection of healthy--and maybe sometimes not-so-healthy--tasty meals."
"The latest editions of Joy of Cooking have been rather disappointing, with even the chapters on canning and preserving removed. But here, the 75th Edition brings back those essentials that made it what it is--the go-to food reference for all home cooks."
"For healthy cooking, the Moosewood series just can't be beat. With a recipe for every taste craving, this healthy vegetarian book is well-used in my kitchen. For those of us counting, all the nutritional info is given for each recipe, and meal ideas are also given at the bottom of every recipe--very time-saving when you are trying to plan either a party or your weekly grocery list!"
"OK, I thought maybe Bittman was a bit overrated. But I find myself reaching for this more times than I ever thought! Have some pork and maybe are craving Chinese? Look up pork and find a dish to match your yen. Maybe have a little too much tequila in the house (is that possible?)--find a great recipe."
"I admit that maybe this isn't totally essential to every kitchen--but it certainly is to those of us in the midwest. So many of our parents' and grandparents' recipes can be found here--and as always, Fertig's book is very readable. It's a cook's book. You can sit down and read it!"