If your kitchen was burning down, which cookbook would you grab?
I'm not familiar with lots of the books on the Top 50 list, but I absolutely love anything by Nigel Slater - I highly recommend Tender, the latest one on vegetables. I haven't got Kitchen Diaries, which is on the list, but I definitely have to get it!And I also love The Cooks Companion. So those would probably be my two picks.
The cooks companion is perhaps my most valuable book in the kitchen- I use it all the time for recipes as well as a reference book. I also love my ingredients book which is a visual encyclopedia grouped into fruits, nuts, grains, meats, etc. It's a total food perve!
Stephanie Alexander (or as I like to call her The Kitchen Oracle) reigns supreme as far as cook books are concerned. The cooks companion is by far the most useful of cook books around - when in doubt check with Stephanie i say!
...ok, i recently acquired Harold McGee's On Food & Cooking and i'd have to add that to my must-have list of cook-books. Its not a cook book per se, but it is a wonderful book for all us food nerds who want to take reading up on food to the next level.Do yourself i favour i say!