Readers share their picks.
Of all the cookbooks I have on my shelf, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is the only one I wouldn't part with (11th edition, revised by Wilma Lord Perkins, 1965). It covers everything from apple pie to venison. And the eggnog recipe, although it is a bit of work, creates the very best eggnog that I have ever shared with family and friends. OK, Justin Wilson's Homegrown Louisiana Cookin' is tops for Southern fare and I won't let it go either!– Glenn Grigg, Sunnyvale, Calif.
The More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre has the title page note, "suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources." During my five years in a remote, rural village in Peru, this cookbook was a lifesaver. We had no access to canned or frozen foods. "More-with-Less" was perfect. I talked about it so much that when I came on a US visit, our sisters in our other five Peruvian houses begged me to bring back copies for each house. – Sister Ida R. Berresheim, El Paso, Texas
If you love cookies, you'll enjoy Maida Heatter's Book of Great Cookies by Maida Heatter. I found a copy of the 1977 edition at a used-book sale a couple of years ago and have had fun trying new cookie recipes from it ever since. Every one of the several we've made have been "great" as the title says, and a couple have become new family favorites.– Georgianna Pfost, Sacramento, Calif.