I know my titles will overlap David's somewhat--after all, food is one of the pleasures that has brought us together. So here they are, in no particular order.
1. Dean & Deluca Cookbook: An all around enjoyable read. If you ever wanted to just learn about food, this is one the best, most informative books I know.
2. Moosewood Cookbook: Lots of vegetarian classics. This book almost all hand-written which gives it a homey charm. Beware, vegetarian does not mean light.
3. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook: This is the old standby my mother had. It has all the basics you need to know from roasting a chicken to converting liquid to dry measures.
4. The Silver Palate Cookbook: Lots of great decadent recipes. There's a great porcini and orzo casserole recipe in there. Another one to avoid if you're trying to watch your weight.
5. Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Who could have known ginger and garlic were hot on their own. Another informative book about preparing certain ingredients to highlight their unique attributes.
6. The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook: They know their flour. Gives you enough recipes using flour that you can improvise and create your own recipes.
7. Greens: Vegetarian again, but emphasizes cooking with fresh, locally grown foodstuff. Gives good advice about cooking with seasonal produce. Taught me the premise that if you use fresh ingredients, your dishes will turn out pretty good.
8. Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe: This book is sort of a vegetarian manifesto. I especially enjoyed learning about the methane production of cattle. Recipes were a little bland, but had some interesting ideas that could be spiced up. Sadly this book is out of circulation but another interesting read by the same author is Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity.
9. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book: The reason I put on 20 lbs. after I got married.
10. All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins: A wonderful book for experimenting with cuisine that has international influences. A quintessential American cookbook.Posted by linda on July 25, 2004