In the recent thread on cookbooks, some folks posted Cookwise as a good "explanation" cookbook, and others mentioned The Best Recipe.
This thread got me intrigued about the gaps in my cookbook collection (what with the holidays around the corner, this would be my chance to try and plug them!). So I poked around on Amazon to read reviews of each book. Naturally, each had their proponents and detractors.
I was hoping 'hounds could give me some feedback on which they prefer (or if there is another they like better in this vein) and why?