These are a few of my very favourite recipe books in my [obsessive] collection. I have listed them in no particular order.
Whole Foods for the Whole Family, La Leche League International Cookbook. Edited by Roberta Bishop Johnson (here it is).
The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Heavy-Duty Revised Edition. America’s Test Kitchen (here is their web site). Actually, I’ve never met an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook that I didn’t like.
Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine. Vikram Vij & Meeru Dhalwala
Arab Cooking on a Saskatchewan Homestead: Recipes and Recollections. Habeeb Salloum (more here)
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. J Kenji Lopez Alt. Just received this for Christmas, and couldn’t be more thrilled! An amazing reference and cook book that is a pleasure to read. Such great information.
Cook book authors that I particularly like, and whose recipes seem to be particularly non-fail: Bonnie Stern, Ina Garten*, Canadian Living*, Mark Bittman, Tyler Florence*, and especially J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT* at Serious Eats.
I also love the Food52 web site.
*Starred authors all have web pages with recipes, or recipes available on line at the Food Network.