My favorite cookbook is Fanny Farmer. I have my grandmothers copy too, over 60 years old, then it was called Boston Cooking School Cookbook. My pet peeve is great sounding recipes that are made with condensed soup. 99% of the canned soups contain MSG (I get migraine headaches from Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium Insonate etc.) I substitute my own stock and flour, cornstarch or potatoes, whatever works.