The list author says: "While I have loved to collect cookbooks for many years, lately I have succumbed to space limitations and decided to trim my collection down to the top essential titles I turn to again and again. These are no-nonsense, practical, authoritative collections of recipes, enough for many lifetimes worth of meals. If you want a cookbook library that answers all your needs without much fuss, here you have it..."
"The only cookbook you need, really, if space on your shelf is really tight. 1000 recipes covering all the classics and then some. easy to follow, sophisticated, reliable. The perfect companion to help you make the best use of that gadget you just picked up at Williams-Sonoma! Can't ask for more."