What Would Be the Ideal Cookbook for Your Kitchen?

I receive and skim through scores of cookbooks every year. As I plow through my pile each month it often leaves me feeling as if there's a glut of cookbooks on the market — do we really need a few dozen more every season? I've written a cookbook myself, and I still feel this way!

I'm curious what you think. Do you feel that you have all the cookbooks you need? Are you quite happy with Joy of Cooking, supplemented by the internet? Or do you grab up every cookbook you can afford (the more the merrier!)? Or, perhaps you feel like you haven't found quite the right cookbook to be the mainstay of your kitchen. Where do cookbooks fit in your cooking life? Tell us!

Personally, I do feel as if there are always opportunities for new books, but I really love remembering and revisiting the classics. There are so many great writers and recipe developers from the past; let's not forget them amidst all the new things!

What about you? Are the cookbooks currently available a rich enough menu for you? Or are there books you wish you could have in your kitchen that don't seem to be out there?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.