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The  Real One
Joy of Cooking
Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker

Thank goodness they didn't drop this classic from the market when they brought out their so-called "New Joy of Cooking".

(As i look at the listings at Amazon, i see that the "New Joy" {which appears to have been retitled, even more deceptively, "Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Edition"} is actually from a different publisher...)

This is the book. This is the one book that ought to be in every kitchen.

You must have this book in your kitchen. ((After this one, get "The Pirate's Pantry", the Lake Charles, Louisiana, Junior League cookbook))

Not only does this book tell you how to cook things, it has sections that tell you why you cook certain things in a certain way and certain things differently.

It covers the most elementary of basics in clear and concise language, and goes on from there to more complex and difficult cooking. And, unlike many, it covers aspects of cooking that you may never need -- but then again, someday you may - things like cooking wild game and other non-everyday occurences.

And everything is clearly indexed, so you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Best cookbook inna whole flippin' world.

Buy it.