Originally Posted by Veloce
It seems to me that there are basically two kinds of cookbooks: the ones you use when you know what you want to make but don't know how to make it, and the ones you use when you're trying to decide what to make. Joy of Cooking is an example of the former. My current favorite is Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. Most of the "celebrity" cookbooks and cookbooks based on television programs are in the latter category. Some that I particularly like are by Jeff Smith, the Two Fat Ladies, Jacques Pépin, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.
I agree. I just received the Jacques Pepin book that mostly shows skills and such, but shows alot of recepies as well. I perfer a book like this compared to "just a cookbook" because I get an education along with a recepie. This book will only provide single dishes, so you have to combine recepies to your taste....which I like. Pepin is an excellent chef with very unique and quick ideas. Just my 2 cents.
Also, I love watching ATK show, but everything I have cooked came out .....lets just say, not the greatest. I do like the reviews, bu the recepies need some tweaking.