Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE THE AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN cookbooks. LOVE THEM! They are my favorite because they give you a great recipe and tell you how they got there...the mistakes they made, the slight variations they recommend, etc. Love them.
But outside of the Amercia's Test Kitchen books, I have a major love affair with the William-Sonoma Collection. Each recipe is paired with a drool worthy photo. The recipes are usually very easy. We received our first two W&S books as gifts. I think it was Pasta and _____, I can't remember the second. That was almost a year and a half ago. In fact all the books we have are actually gifts, in one way of another....I get lots of W&S gift cards for Christmas and my birthday.
As of last Sunday, we now have 15 of these books!!! I had a leftover gift card from Christmas and picked up four more!
We know have:
We also have, from their larger books: Baking, Desserts(cakes, pies, tarts) and Thanksgiving.
These are great gifts ideas...if you are looking for a small affordable gift for someone, I would recommend these...if you have a slight idea of what someone likes, you can pick an almost exact match.
I don't think I could pick one over the other in terms of what are my favorites...but the last four we bought are really great and I'm about to start trying some recipes: French, Roasting, Sauce, Soup...
PS: Remember earlier this year I started a Cookbook Catalog on the right sidebar of this page...I stopped updating it because I was having such problems with formatting and I got really frustrated. Perhaps it will be updated and continued at some point this summer?! But I make no promises.