Here's what I'm thinking about:
Lidia Bastianich (which is her best?)
The newly published Italian "Silver Spoon" compendium.
Giada De Laurentis (her best?)
Nigella Lawson (her best?)
Paula Deen (probably her first one)
Please do tell what you like/don't like about these,
or judging from my taste above, anything else you think I'd like.
Also, would love to find the BEST Japanese cookbook.
Not esoteric Japanese (not going to be pounding mochi or making Kaiseki dinners), or sushi (easier to just eat out). I'm looking for Japanese home cooking - authentic, but accessible. Noodle dishes, sauces, pickles - that sort of thing.
But if this cookbook did have some of the more esoteric stuff, like do-able kaiseki side dishes that would be great too.