Q: We had a house fire recently and all of our belongings were destroyed. The rebuild is super slow and I am daydreaming about cooking in that future kitchen. I had hundreds of cookbooks, and used to read them like novels. I don't even remember which ones I had, and am not going to amass such a large collection again.
I've replaced Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Larousse Gastronomique, and Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Italian Cooking. What are the cookbooks you can't live without? For whatever reason: you use it every day, it is beautiful to look at, it is a standard, etc. Help me rebuild the cookbook collection!
Sent by Carla
Editor: Carla, we're so sorry about your fire and your loss. Readers, what are your all-time favorite cookbooks — both ones you rely on day to day, and ones that are simply beautiful to look at?