Of course it’s Thanksgiving that gave me the idea for today’s book pick:
My constant companion. I have never found a cookbook I like better. It taught me all the basics — how to make pie crust and rolls, stock, gravy, meatballs, muffins, and so on (with suggested variations); how to carve a chicken, how to tell when eggs and different types of produce are fresh, how to measure various types of food, what to substitute when you’re out of a certain ingredient, how to tell when food is done cooking, how to fix a recipe gone awry, and when you can and cannot get away with cutting corners. It also has a truly useful index, which not all cookbooks do.
I still consult this cookbook several times a week. A great gift for anyone just starting out, or for someone who has a shelf full of fancy, specialized cookbooks, but needs an anchor book.