I love my cookbooks, but I tend to read them more than I cook out of them! I particularly enjoy cookbooks where the author shares a story or some little caveat with each recipe. Ina Garten does this to some extent in her Barefoot Contessa series, which I love, but I also have a number by Ann Hodgman (Beat This!, etc) that are fun to read because she includes an oftentimes hilarious little snippet with each recipe. Sara Moulton's first cookbook is another great example and fav. I also find these are the ones I go back to most often to cook from, maybe because they sell the recipes to me.
Any good authors I am missing? I need to vary my late night reading! Thanks