Going through my cookbooks this weekend in search of fruitcake recipes, I had the pleasure of re-reading the "Better Homes and Gardens American Heritage Cookbook," published in 1975. It was a real pleasure toe both read the recipes (many, many of which I seem to have internalized) and to read their stright forward acounts of American food history. I have a good size collection of cookbooks, and hadn't been at this one is a few years, so I was very happy to read it again.
So--favorite cookbooks? Not necessariliy the most useful, or comprehensive, just ones you really enjoy. Another one at my house: The New American Cookbook, 1955 edition.