I have a slight cookbook obsession. I will rifle through thrift shops, book shops, sidewalk bins... anywhere honestly...for some inspiring cookbooks. I love to read through them, as if I'm reading a book.
Chefs have stories. People who love to cook and feed others have incredible stories. They have so many reasons why they love to cook and share their recipes, some passed down through family, some through trail and error, and some through sheer luck from the kitchen gods.
Some (definitely not all) of my favorite cookbooks, new and old:
The Joy of Cooking
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1. and 2. by my idol Julia Child
The New York Times Cookbook
Small Victories by Julia Turshen
Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
The Malibu Farm Cookbook by Helene Henderson