I think the best cookbooks ever compiled are the Brand Name Cookbooks. I opened my recipe scrapebook drawer and tossed everything listed in the books. Now I can just open one of the books and check for the recipe before I cut it from the container. Better yet, I no longer have duplicate recipes saved. Well I finally got that drawer organized. lol
I love the Moosewood Cookbook. Is this collection of recipes based on the Moosewood Resort? I read it every couple of years and I don't want to go digging for it right now.
Moosewood is a fabulous restaurant in Ithaca NY, the town where my parents have retired to. The college town of Cornell and Ithaca college. I have visited Ithaca every summer since I was a child. A very special town full of all kinds of differents cultures and therefore different ethnic foods, beautiful gorges, etc.
Judging by how often I use them (as opposed to which are simply pretty, interesting to read, etc) to actually cook:
Joy of Cooking
Cooking with Julia and Jacques
Frugal Gourmet/Immigrant Ancestors version
The Romagnolis' Table
But like most of us here, I have hundreds, and they all have their uses!