Since I asked the question, here's my list so far (but I'm looking for new books, hence my question): --The Professional Chef (the textbook from the Culinary Institute). A great reference for cooking technique and basics. --Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child (the definitive english language book on classic French cooking) --Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks by David Joachim, Andrew Schloss (a great reference for cooking tips and techniques)
Google is my cookbook, quite honestly. I do have a number of old-fashioned paper cookbooks of different world cuisines for when I need inspiration, but most of the time I'm either cooking from memory, improvising, or looking it up online.
One great cook book i adore is Jamie Oliver 30 minute meals. It was a tv series also which was great to see him prepare 3 course meals in 30 min and so many are fantastic. I love his rustic way of putting together dishes and all his series of books (Jamie does Italy and Spain for eg) are interesting. I have used dishes from the 30 min meals book for different ocassions including dinner parties, and always had great comments.
It is a great book MickiS, especially if you are looking for dishes that can be done quickly.Key in this book is preparation and time saving techniques and tools.You can view the book and recipies online to see what you think before buying.
Better Homes and Gardens checked cookbook. I have three different versions. I have the 1932 version, the 1972 version, and I got the special pink cancer version a few years ago. I had breast cancer and the proceeds went for research. Also the Betty Crocker cookbook.
The New Best Recipe, by Cooks Illustrated magazine, is one of my favorites. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Best-Reci … mp;sr=8-1. Their "geekie" approach to cooking means they explain why their recipe works the best and why other approaches fail. It's very educational and helps me develop my own recipes as well.
What's your MUST haves in your make-up bag, you know the products you absolutely can't live without?What's the brand name? What do you use it for?How much does it cost?Where's the best place to buy it?