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essential cookbooks...

What cookbooks do you consider "essential"... i.e. cannot live without? Personally, my current favorite is the Gourmet cookbook which i just bought... and now i want more! any reccomendations?! Thanks!

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  1. I love my Larousse Gastronomique.

    1. Here's a link to a recent discussion on the subject - though hopefully you'll get some additions on this thread as well:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37136...

      1. I haven't really had any of my cookbooks long enough to *really* consider them essential, but the one I would really, really miss (in fact, I'm missing it right now since I loned it out) is Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. And although it's not really a cookbook, I could not do without the Food Lover's Companion- sort of a food and cooking dictionary and a great resource.

        1. The New Profesional Chef from the Culinary Institute.and Gourmet.

          1. For absolutely different reasons, the Betty Crocker cookbook (I have a cheap, dogeared paperback and anything by the Frugal Gourmet. He has fallen out of favor but he has a lot of good, serviceable recipes similar to the tastes I grew up with.