Q: I have been wanting an "everything" type of cookbook, but I have limited space. Is Joy of Cooking or Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything more essential? Or is The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser a better choice? Should I buy all of them?
I'm a bit confused on what should be my first choice and would appreciate any advice from you and your readers!
Sent by Chelsey
Editor: Chelsey, I think it depends on what kind of food you normally cook. I cook mostly vegetarian dinners with lots of whole grains, beans and vegetables from the farmers market, so my go-to general cookbook is Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. I almost never open my copy of Joy of Cooking.
I suggest trying to find all three books at your local library and cooking from them a bit before you commit to one.
Readers, what is your favorite general cookbook?