I have about 2 1/2 feet of shelf for cookbooks in my kitchen, and an urge to buy more cookbooks all the time. I got to wondering which books I actually use most often and was surprised at the answers. I get most of my recipes off the internet, but there are a few cookbooks I do use regularly
By far my most-reached-for book recently is the Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book. I bought it a year and a half ago along with a grain mill, and I've been cooking from it most weeks. Now, I just glance at it most of the time, but it's already dog-eared.
I use How to Cook Everything and the Silver Palate New Basics cookbook for reference, but rarely follow the actual recipes. There are a few recipes in the other Silver Palate cookbooks that I still go back to sometimes. That's 2-4 books right there.
Land of Plenty, by Fuchsia Dunlop, is one of my favorites, and I also use it often. I lived in Sichuan for a few months, and this is my best (though not perfect) resource for recreating some of the things I really loved to eat there.
There are a few recipes in Sundays at Moosewood that I cook regularly. The book opens to those pages and I haven't explored the rest of it seriously. I bought another Moosewood cookbook not long ago and have barely used it at all.
I'm curious to see what cookbooks others use most often -- not favorites, not necessarily the best, but the most-used.
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