There are more cookbooks than any other topic I once read and I believe it. I know I have upwards of 15+ on all kinds of topics. I am a pretty decent cook but I'm a better baker. Go figure.
When I got married among the gifts were the Better Homes and Garden and Betty Crocker cookbooks.
I studied these like it was Finals week and while I haven't made anyone sick, I'm still not super chef. Honestly the best cook is my husband and I've never seen him really measure anything. The first time I make something I measure it down to a "t". I tweak it it taste after that but I'm a recipe stickler most of the time.
Some of my recent favorites are the recipes from the Pioneer Woman. I don't have as many mouths to feed but I've managed to impress my husband and that makes the books worth the price.
My go-to book for baking is the Taste of Home baking book from several years ago. I have never went wrong with a recipe from this book. The buttercream frosting is the best frosting I've ever had hands down.
And a great trend in cookbooks lately are blogger cookbooks. I follow over a dozen cooking and baking blogs and it makes me happy when I find out that my favorites are releasing a book. I had Bakerella's cakepop book pre-ordered and that was a first for me cookbooks.
Cookbooks don't necessarily make you a better cook but I find lots of inspiration in the ones that I've read and I've learned a lot of the little things that can make cooking easier.
Do you have a favorite cookbook?