I wasn’t sure whether this warranted it’s own thread or even if it should belong in books, but we talk about cooking here so good enough.
I’m looking for a great all around cookbook. A comprehensive one. I don’t mean, “How to cook Italian” or “Betty Crocker Recipes 2009”, I mean a huge, thick, how to cook everything, reference manual. I used to have access to this great James Beard one, The James Beard American Cookery. It’s great as he divides it into types of meat, soups, vegetables, etc. and it’s pretty comprehensive. It’s a good book, but it was published in 1980, so it’s 29 years old now.
I might just get that one again, but does anyone have any other recommendations along these lines? I want a tome, something I can sit down with and read not only recipes but a narration of cooking principles and techniques in general. For instance, what is braising vs. broiling vs. poaching (I know this, that’s an example).