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Recommended by Marcia, program coordinator for the Canton Public Library.

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The Joy of Cooking

by Irma von Starkloff Rombauer
1392141.jpg First published in 1931, this bible of cooking has been revised over the years several times. It remains at the top of any list as the encyclopedia of cooking, with the finest basic and all-purpose information. Whether youre a new bride or a seasoned kitchen veteran, you need this fine cookbook.

Better Homes and Garden Limited Edition New Cookbook

1367258.jpg This binder style, with heavy glossy pages, is perfect for sitting open on your counter board as you create great meals. The beautiful colored pictures and simple recipes make it fun to cook. There are great hints, how-tos and before you start sections with many of the tasty recipes. This is a great everyday resource.

Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today

crocker.jpg My moms favorite cookbook was always Betty Crocker. The new edition is still the same easy-to-read format with simple instructions and good results. It contains many of the same great recipes I grew up with. I still us my moms original Betty Crocker Cookbook from the 50s. Yum!

30-Minute Meals

by Rachel Ray
1270066.jpg Such energy, such fun, such a time-saver and oh, so good. Rays cookbooks are colorful and easy to read with delicious results. Try her other cookbooks including 30-Minute Meals for Kids, 30-Minute Meals of Guy Food and 30-Minute Meals Comfort Food. Dont forget to watch her cooking show on the Food Network and visit Ray's 30-Minute Meals page.

Culinaria: The United States: A Culinary Discovery

by Randi Danforth
1171060.jpg This giant book is full of beautiful pictures. It divides the U.S. into regions as well as highlights special holidays and the varied ethnic groups that make our country so tasty. Foodies will spend hours absobing history and cultures and "tasting" recipes in their minds. You may never cook marinated elk steaks from the mountain region or munch alligator sauce piquante from New Orleans, but I guarantee this book will inspire your tastebuds, pique your interest in history and start a wanderlust growing in your belly.